Bethsaida

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.

It is difficult to find that one child


Arataki (middle) with her bucket of soil


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.

Behind from left to right:
Emmanuel (grade 6), Aresa (grade 5), Likiso, Dieumerci (1e year secondary), a friend.
Front from left to right:
Ayingha (grade 4), Sami, Drumo (grade 3)


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.

Arataki Neema


Annemarie

Praise:
– 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.

Prayer:
– 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.