Thank God for the completion of the school year. Some boys are off visiting relatives already, high-school aged began camp today for a week, etc. (Thank you for donors who made this possible.) It is impossible to get a good group photo, because someone is always missing, but we managed to get at least 22 of them all at once in this one. Eight are missing in addition for 5 others who are now living with relatives but for whom we still pay school fees. (Some of them are in the banner above.)
We are thankful for two ladies who are trained counsellors who are taking this opportunity to meet individually with many of our boys, especially new ones. The boys seem to really connect with them. I guess they appreciate that motherly touch. Both ladies are moms with children the age of our boys. I also have been talking individually with each boy to make sure their needs are met and they are happy at Ahadi and are doing their best at school. They are so grateful for the support you have provided so that they have such a nice place to live, with their clothing, education, food, and spiritual nurture being catered for. They realize how you sacrifice for them even though most of you have never met them. A big thank you to you from them.
WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF ABOUT $5,000 TO PAY SCHOOL FEES, DUE IN EARLY JANUARY FOR 35 BOYS.
PLEASE CONSIDER US AS YOU CONTEMPLATE YEAR-END DONATIONS (IN US, YOUR GIVING IS TAX-EXEMPT)
Now that the rains have begun, we are doing some tree planting, have hired the local oxen to plow the fields, and our new caretaker has planted some crops. Some of the boys requested their own section of the field so they can personally plant their favourite vegetables and watch them grow.
Orphan’s Joy has recently sent us of a generous donation ear-marked to develop the land and improve the property. That will include replacing worn-out furniture, replacing poor plumbing; making more shelves in the office; and big projects such as a buying a drip-irrigation greenhouse for year-round crops now that we have affordable water supply; and building a cow barn so we can have our own milk. The latter two may turn into income-generating projects.