There is an old Arabic saying that tells us that the life of a man is complete when he has build a house, gets a son, write a book and plant a tree. For me it is not exactly like that, because I am not a man!!! But I have build a house, wrote a book, got two beautiful Ugandan daughters and....on Friday I planted a tree!!!!
Let me explain: In December 2011 Amecet celebrates it's 10 year anniversary. We didn't have an official opening, we didn't celebrate our 5 year anniversary, but now we want to celebrate the 10 years that God is so faithful to us, He enabled us all those years to reach out to those precious little children who needed help. We started with two children and now we have reached out to so many, we have had 409 children in our home so far and then all the others we helped in the community. We are so thankful to God. Together with the Figurant, the association in the Netherlands, who helps us a lot with the funding, we decided that we wanted to give a gift to the community, because of our anniversary. And we found a project, we are going to help building a playground in Soroti. There was a piece of land allocated for this, it belonged to the Soroti Lion's club, but there were no funds to build it. It is fenced and there are some old pieces of a swing and slide, but that is all. We have been in contact with the Lion's club and last Friday was the "official"start with planting some trees. I got the honor to plant the first tree.
On this picture you see the president from the lion's club (in yellow) and our own neighbour, Doctor Engulu plant also a tree. Ton and Arja planted also a tree. You can see behind the land where the playground will come, now the cows are still grazing in the future there will be children playing. There is nothing like that in whole of Soroti, it will be so great for the children. The Lion's club will be responsible for the maintenance and a care taker.
PS.1 The baby of Naome was born last night at 9.30 pm. It was a beautiful baby boy, he was burried this afternoon in their village. (see blog of yesterday 30/7/2011)
PS.2 Good news Christine 2 has gained 500 gram!! She was on drip yesterday, but today she is doing much better! (see blog of Friday 29/7/2011)