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Ik Students Visit Their Homes in the Mountains for the Holidays

We just returned from taking most of the Ik students who are attending the Family Care Uganda School--primary and secondary, home to the mountains for the term holidays. People were so happy to see how much they'd grown. After working so hard the last 2 terms and getting good grades in both elementary and secondary, it was fantastic for our Ik young people to be back up the mountains!

More Ik Students Arrive

Last year we brought 12 Ik students from remote mountain villages. The first round of students are doing very well, having adjusted beautifully and are very appreciative of the opportunity to gain an education.  In the past, Ik youth have tried studying in Karamoja, the surrounding area, however, they have to endure bullying and poor treatment by their aggresive neighbors. So getting to attend the Family Care Uganda School where they can learn and excel without hindrance is a real Godsend to these beautiful people.

Home for the Holidays!

Starting this school year, the Family Care Uganda School welcomed 12 students from the IK tribe.  This disadvantaged tribe is very remote and their language is quite unique. Back in 2005 and 2006, we worked with several teams to take 5 hours of audio Bible stories in their language, to the top of the mountains. They begged us to bring some of their children to our school as they just had no hope of excelling academically. The 12 Ik students who have attended our school for the last year have adjusted beautifully and are doing very well academically.

The Final Stretch

We were thrilled with the results of our oldest students. Each one gave it their best (as did their teachers) and the results showed it. Ocen (far left) scored the top and is about to start at Restore Academy! Richard (2nd from left) is now moving to 3rd year in high school, one of our older graduates who’s so reliable and dependable, he heads up work teams during holidays.   

Bricks, Tests and the Long Trek to Ik-land

The Family Care Uganda School has kicked off the New Year with a bang!.

January is dry season in this part of the world, so the FCU team and students are working hard to make the bricks they will need for the coming year. The kilns they built last year have been fired up and staff and students (during some of the breaks) are busy baking bricks around the clock. In the meantime new houses for the kids and several bathrooms are being built from bricks made last year.

Christmas in February

Check out this bundle of hand-knitted Teddies, hand knitted with love by a friend in the UK and carefully transported by other friends on their long journey to Kampala, Uganda. Next step... the Swahili Teddies will be loaded onto my motorbike and transported up to northern Uganda. These special knitted teddies will be a wonderful surprise for the children, many of whom have never owned a stuffy, when the children start their new school term in February. 

 

Please Pray for Protection!

For those of you who pray, we have a group of armed gunmen who have been roaming our area robbing people. There are only 3 places of development within a very large area--Father John's mission, the Health center 4 and us. Thanks for praying for our protection. We're changing from a bow-and-arrow guard to one with a gun, but the Bible says "Unless the Lord watches the house, the watchman stays awake in vain" so thanks for praying for the safety of our project and our beautiful kids and staff. Thanks!

Learning to Forgive

As you know, many of the children we have are children of child soldiers, who were abducted from their schools (just as the dear Nigerian girls were recently). A large number of these children grew, were forced to become soldiers, had babies (our students) and then were killed. However, some survived. I was sitting with Michael under the tree the day most students started to return to school, when one of our mommies of a long-term student waved to us, giving us a very warm, heart-felt smile. Michael explained later that she’d been a notorious commander in the LRA!

Snakes and Malaria

The children are all now back and Term 2 has just began. You can see the boys here slashing the grass at dawn, (when it’s easiest) as rainy season has begun. It rains mostly at night while days are hot and sunny—a perfect mix when the grass is so rich and green, yet the day is conducive to studies, work on the farm and play. Please pray with us against snake bites and malaria as both are now kicking in at this time of the year. Michael was working in the farm last Wednesday and fell and fainted.

Spring Break!

I just returned from a 3 week furlough in Australia. A dear friend shocked me by sending a free ticket to visit my family and friends in Aussie! Can you imagine??! It was the most brilliant 3 weeks holiday ever! I had a real break, and wonderful time to reconnect with friends and family in Australia.

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