Diocese of St Albans
It's been a hot and dry summer in Utange. The ground around is hard and cracked, making it difficult to grow crops. It's sad to see our farming land at Casuarina House looking so bare at this time of year. We eagerly await the rainy season, traditionally May to turn things around.
Latest good news is our House Dad Festus has passed his driving test so congratulations to him! He is just waiting for his license to come through then he'll be able to drive our Casuarina mini bus. This picture shows him eager to get going! It will make life a lot easier when collecting supplies from the market twice a week for our 24 children!
The girls can't wait as they're planning to visit Rehema at her Boarding School in Kilifi, an hours drive away. They really miss her. What a lovely surprise it will be for her seeing all her sisters! I can't imagine the boys will want to miss out on a trip out so expect they will ask to visit Nicholas at his Boarding School!
Rehema and Irene have both settled well into their new Schools. Rehema's first term report has just come back A -
Feeding is continuing to be run by volunteers from the Church. With 500 hungry children milling around you need eyes in the back of your head! Two teams of ladies alternate with the cooking and Festus and another male volunteer from Church organise the children to come forward for their food in small groups. Despite trying to run feeding like a military exercise we still have children gobbling down their food, washing their bowl to pretend they've not had any and trying to sneak back in the line to get more! They come up with all sorts of ways to try to get extra maize flour too, it's amazing how crafty a two year old can be!
When volunteers from U K or Germany are assisting they find it quite difficult moving a child out of the line whose received food already..... they are just hungry children after all. The problem is if some sneak in for seconds then others will loose out all together. It's hard watching at times and comparing their one meal a day to the full plates of food that we enjoy in Europe. It makes me thankful for the support we have to enable us to offer at least some nurture to these little ones. See picture of two grateful recipients
My apologies to everyone who received a weird email supposedly from me saying I was stuck in Ukraine!...my account was hacked. This is my new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apologies too for a shorter than usual newsletter but with our wedding looming on 9th May Paul and I are up to our eyes with last minute preparations. For those coming to the service at Bromham Baptist Church at 2.00 please note that the A428 from Bedford to Bromham is closed that weekend so allow longer with the diversion.
Next newsletter will be in August. We will be back in Kenya with the children by then!
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Lastly please find forthcoming events listed below where Caroline Coster will be selling re cycled denim goods on the Utange stall. Plus introducing a fabulous new range of African animals. Check out her sewing blog to view her latest creations: http://sewingforutange.blogspot.co.uk/
Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May: Ickwell May Day, Ickwell Green,Beds
Sat. 9th May: Love Bletchley Market,Bletchley, Milton Kenynes , Bucks
Sat. 6th June: Harpenden Carnival, Harpenden Common, Beds
Sun.14th June: Folk on the Green, Stony Stratford, Milton Keyns, Bucks
Sun.12th July: Bromham Show, Village Rd (behind village hall, Bromham, Beds
Sun.9th Aug: Moggerhanger Country Fair, St John's Hospice, Moggerhanger, Beds
As ever.....Thank you, we are grateful for your support!
UK mob: 07941 563443
Kenya mob: 0738 269740
Utange Orphans Charity
Registered Charity: 1160637
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