With the following link you come to my first newsletter written after return to DR Congo.
Bethsaida is our project that assists orphans to go to school. This year we have 28 students we support, both in primary and secondary school. One of the students, Heritier, who is in first year of secondary for the second year because he didn’t do well, was followed more this year and while he didn’t do well in the first semester, after having talked with him, his teachers and his uncle, he is on the way up.
However, another boy, who is in fifth year of secondary and was doing well, quit school in May and we are trying to pursue him to talk with him and with his grandfather. A meeting set up for this morning didn’t take place as the grandfather didn’t come.
Please pray for these two boys and their families. The other children, who are doing well, would appreciate your prayers also.
Bethsaida is our orphan project. AIDS is still rampant in Congo, and at the hospital at least 450 people living with HIV are being treated with ARV’s. But regularly we hear that one of them dies. Mostly this is because they don’t take these ARV’s every day. When they feel good, they think they don’t need them anymore and they quit the treatment.
Bethsaida helps orphans, who lost their parents because of HIV related illnesses, to go to school. We cannot help everybody, and this school year 2017-2018 we are supporting 25 children to go to school. Fifteen of them are in primary school, ten are in secondary school.
Dhata Yeka is the chairman of our board, and is also the director of the primary school in Adi. He is a man of integrity and a big help for me. Together with Bhayo Leku and Atiye Likiso he is following the children at school.
Yesterday, October 24 I went to Ingbokolo. I wanted to talk to the school inspector about the primary school in Godria, but he was not there. And yes, I went to Ingbokolo. Calm has returned and investigations are on their way to know what exactly happened during the protest march and why. However, people are returning tot heir homes and life slowly turns back to normal.
At the primary school I saw all the pupils outside. They were working hard. A new school building is under construction and it was time for the floor. The pupils all had to bring soil that will be hardened later. And when a ‘mundele’ (a white person) comes to watch, all attention goes to her in stead of to the work. For me as a white person it is then very difficult to see the children I want to see, and that were the children living at Bethsaida. I only found Arataki Neema, helped by one of the teachers. She is in second grade and was working hard. I could take pictures, although somehow posed for a bit, but it is not to be avoided when the photographer is a white lady. All the kids want to be in the picture then.
Bethsaida is doing well. There are six children who go to school. Only Likiso who helps Mama Anna and Sami who is still too small (3 years old) are not going.
With the money given so far we could pay the school fees for the children for the whole year, buy school uniforms (white blouse, blue shorts, trousers or skirt), flipflops, note books and pens. We also could buy a stock of food like beans, rice, salt, sugar and every week we buy vegies, meat, fish and fruit.
There is a new board for Bethsaida and this board is now looking and rewriting the statutes and talking about how to organize the work at Bethsaida and what are their responsibilities. There are plans to search for an assistant for Mama Anna and the secretary will be responsible for the finances. We also want to redo some work in the home – they are living there since February 2010. We have to plan well and I will keep you informed. All the children, Mama Anna and the board give you a big thank you. God bless.
– That all the children of Bethsaida go to school and that they like it.
– For the new board.
– That it is calm again in Ingbokolo and Adi.
– That the new board will be able to plan well for the work in Bethsaida that is necessary for the children.
– That they know being called by God for this task and receive strength from Him.