June Newsletter: The Sanctuary
This June things were rather quiet (and lovely!) at The Sanctuary! Over half of our youth right now are away in boarding, which leaves The Sanctuary with 4 Sr boys, 5 jr boys, 2 teachers, 2 staff, Joyce, our favourite cook, and Melissa. Things fell into a nice routine of school, revising, watching the world cup of course, and spending time together.
We did have a special 2 week visit from our friend Jamie from Canada (on a visit from her 6 month trip to Zambia). She is someone who has known and prayed for The Sanctuary and our youth for over 2 years, and she finally had the opportunity to visit us here in Jinja! She fit right in, helping with revising and devotions, and taking the extra opportunities to get to know and love on the boys, including going on a monkey hunt, evening walks to find jackfruit, and most importantly, allowing us to celebrate her birthday with her! Some of the boys even had the privilege of escorting her to and from the airport (first time for Emma!).
During the month of June we enjoyed the presence of one of our boys, Jacob’s, little sister, Esther. Esther spent 2 weeks with us at The Sanctuary, and we had so much fun with her while she was here. The older boys were great in helping her to revise her books, and the younger boys enjoyed having a ‘little sister’ for a few weeks. She brightened up our days with her laughter, mischievous smile, and great dance moves! Jacob returned her to the village this past weekend where we are hoping she will be staying with some aunties for now, until we can come up with a better solution for her living situation. Please pray for Esther as she adjusts to her new home.
Visiting Days have begun for those of our youth who are in boarding. This past weekend many of us from The Sanctuary went to go and visit our boys Emma and Justin at St. Patrick’s Primary School. This day is a chance for parents to visit their children, find out how they are doing in class, bring them things they may have run out of over the last month (ie. Sugar, soap, pens, etc.) and most importantly, come baring a delicious meal (usually containing rice, chicken, veggies and soda) as well as eatables to get them to the end of the term (biscuits, juice, peanuts, bread, and fruit). We enjoyed the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with the boys, and to make sure they were fine. We are looking forward to having them return to us at the end of Term 2, come August.
We have a number of fundraisers coming up in the next couple of months and we would love to see you there!! Check out our website or email Janelle@ugandastreetkids.org for more information. SPOILER ALERT….we may or may not have a special guest coming all the way from Uganda who will be looking forward to seeing everyone at the Boston Pizza Fundraiser on July 23!!!