We continue to have approx. 170 children with sponsors. It was wonderful to receive graduation photos from the 7 young people who have finished high school this year, with the help of their sponsors.
The parents of these youngsters did not go to secondary school. They earn a living doing domestic work, or swinging a machete in the fields. It is a hand to mouth existence. Now their children have ambitions that can be realised. Jordan wants to go on to study law. Alison would like to be an English teacher. Robinson wants to find a permanent job and help his mum put his younger siblings through school. What a world of difference sponsorship has made to them.
Monse collected in the school reports for the year end, and Alison translated them for me. If you are a sponsor, you will be receiving your child’s report soon. Thank you for being part of changing these children’s lives.
The new school year starts on the 9th April. Monse and Lenin (administrator for the Orphaids orphanage) are organising the giving out of the money to the children for their uniforms, and are buying their stationary ready to give them when they hand in their uniform receipts.
Monse will also be checking the vision of the sponsored children and taking those who need glasses to the optician. All the children also receive toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and a Christian booklet at the start of the school year.
Two of the sewing group have been busy sewing the toiletry bags that the toiletries will be given out in, to the sponsored children and in the local primary schools.
The house for Juan and his family that Vlady organised before coming to the UK is now complete. He, his wife and their children are now in a secure home.
When Vlady returns to Ecuador at the end of May he plans to build 3 more houses. He also has a volunteer from Wick joining him to help with some building. One of the houses will be for Daisy, Jenifer, Guadelupe, Raul and their parents. They have moved from one shack to another the past few years, depending on the work their father has been able to find on local farms. They have now been given a small plot of land of their own, and have built a shack made of wood and plastic. We would love to give this hard working family a secure cement house. The children all get excellent grades at school and have sponsors.
Please pray with us
For the sponsored children to know God loves them
For the graduates as they seek work and further studies
For wisdom when deciding who to build houses for this summer
For our builder volunteer