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!

Friday, April 25, 2014

This term we traveled to school in style!!!!!

The school vacation has started again! The first term is finished and all the children are at home until May 26th. But I want to share with you about our school bus.....
YWAM has two schools, a nursery school and a primary school. The children come from everywhere in Soroti and for some it is quite far. We started with our first school bus in 2009.
This is our first bus, a coaster! We were very happy with it and it really served it's purpose! We could buy it with the help of the organization de Figurant in Holland. But it became too small, the schools were growing and also many children liked our bus, so they wanted to go to Harmony school! We had to start looking for something bigger...... 
And we found a truck!!! With the help of a Church in Holland, we were able to build the truck into a vehicle to transport the children. Seats were build and the sides were closed, when it rained we had a kind of curtain and when it was not raining there were bars, so it was safe for the children. But there came a change in the law and we were not allowed to transport the children anymore in a truck (there were 3 more schools in Soroti who used a truck to transport their pupils). We looked into different options, but the most affordable was to rebuild the truck into a bus....... 

And that happened... We drove our truck to Kampala in December 2013, where they took the top off. As you can  see on the pictures, only the bottom frame stayed. On the second picture you can see our yellow painted top laying on the background. To me it is amazing how they can build a bus on top of this truck frame! We got help again fro the Figurant, from Holland this frame changed in to a beautiful bus......
The bus was not exactly ready at the beginning of the school year, but 3 weeks into the first term we drove around Soroti, picking up the children to bring them to school and at the end of the day, bringing them back to their homes. 
Left is the driver of the bus, Andrew Enumu, he is the one behind the steering wheel and together with "uncle Kokas" who helps the children in and out the bus, and cross the road if needed, they do a great job and they minister to the children!
The children love the bus and it looks beautiful in and outside! The bus is even painted in the school colors!!! Now the bus is resting in the Amecet compound. Until the next term starts again. We are very happy with the bus and it brings the children safe to school and back!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Well done Ywam and thank you Hollanders.
    I will be in Kampala for ministry in August September and hope to get to see this wonderful bus.