Amecet n'ainapakin (Shelter of Peace) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM)in Soroti, Uganda. We are reaching out to HIV infected and affected children. We also are caring for new born babies, who lost their mother after the delivery. The third group of children we help, are children who need a safe place, they mostly come via the police. In this blog we want to share with you our stories, our pictures, our needs and blessings!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

School adventures....

It is 8.15 on Monday morning, I just brought the children to school! 
The excitement started on Saturday, by checking all the uniforms (ok, a bit late, but at least...) We found for everybody a fitting uniform. Some were too small or too short (the girls are very particular on the lenght of their skirt!) but with exchanging among them, we had a uniform for everybody, even the new first classers! Then we gave them their notebooks, pens, pencils, rubbers and socks. They were sooo excited, it really touched me, how happy they were with their things, what a new pencil does to them! The names were written on the notebooks and it was a busy time. (as you see on the picture above)
Then today.... you see Helen sitting with the schoolbag and putting her school shoes on, it was 6.30 am!!! Through my window I saw all the lights on in Amecet, I heard later that the two boys were ready at 5.30 am, so that was even worse. All the children were so excited to go back to school, they couldn't wait!
And here they are all ready to go, we miss one, Christine 1 has malaria and is not well, she stayed home.
left to right: Mary (15), Sarah (14), Norah (13), Sylivia (12), Joshua (11), Mary (10), Christine 2 (7) and Helen (6).
YWAM has two schools in Soroti, a nursery and a primairy school, There is YWAM staff involved in both of the schools, but we hire Ugandan teachers. In total there are more than 300 children from the community going to our schools. We also sponsor 40 orphans to our schools. In 2009 we got a beautiful little bus, to pick the children from town and bring to school and back. Last year the bus was too small, there were so many children in it, so we decided that it was time for something bigger. With the help of a Dutch church in Ermelo, we were able to buy a truck, the truck is being built over in a school truck. We could sell our bus to another school in Soroti (we do miss it) and we are going to use the truck. They promise in the garage, that the truck would be ready in time.........but this morning it was not ready!! Andrew (the driver) came to use our landcruser, it had a battery problem, so we had to push it to start. Then Simon picked a group of children to school and I brought our children and I picked up some along the road. The bright uniforms helps you to see them easily. I had 20 schoolkids in our little van!!

Now my day can start!!!

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