Today Charles left Amecet, he has been with us since August 2011, a very long time. I have been writing about his adoption and the struggles around it. Today was no exception, a lady from the lawyers office in Kampala came to pick him. His father is travelling from Alabama to Uganda and will arrive tomorrow. Then they will do all the paperwork, like passport and visa for the US. But the authorities in Soroti didn't want to release Charles to them. they didn't have the right papers with them and there is a lot of child trafficking in Uganda, so there was a problem. Simon had been busy with them. At the end they scanned all the papers in Kampala and send it by email, I printed it out, (30 forms!) and then they gave the permission to release Charles and they left at 7 pm this evening. The picture was taken this morning, Catherine went to school and said goodbye to her special friend!
Then we started today a very special programme, it is called Ang Tulay, which means "the Bridge", we have done it in the past with a group of children who have been in Amecet in the past. It is a programme which helps children overcome their pain, grief and it deals with subjects like, forgiveness, feelings, pain and anger etc. Several of our Amecet staff and YWAM Soroti staff are trained to facilitate this and we got a group of 70 children, from P3 and P4 from our Harmony school. we started today and we had a great day!
This are the steps we did today on the bridge: I am Unique and Feelings.
We encouraged the children that they are unique and that they are beautiful the way they are! Also about feelings, we do have them, they are not bad, you only have to handle them on the right way.