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 Biggleswade Deanery

Diocese of St Albans

A partly rural deanery, with a tradition of joint worship and an active synod.

Diocese of St Albans

Hi Everyone,

Excitement abounded as Paul and I turned up at Casuarina House with our very own mini bus! The children and Uncle Tom Cobley and all piled in as wanted to be the first to sit on the seats! A big thank you to those who specifically raised funds for the bus last year. Also to those who supported our Christmas Charity Ball where the remaining proceeds were raised to enable us to purchase. It will be so useful to the Home for transporting the children, collecting supplies as well as assisting the Church and School with their needs. All the community will benefit!

House Dad Festus is particularly pleased as he has begun driving lessons. For now Paul is driving us all around.

When in Kenya we spend Friday overnight with the children at Casuarina. It's an opportunity to chat and find out how they are all doing as well as iron out any issues. Paul runs regular training for our staff too. Right who had a fractured leg is recovered now., even playing football again! I'm pleased to report both staff and children are all going on well.

There was a teachers strike recently which meant Irene and Rehema were delayed in starting High School. They were anxiously awaiting their calling letters which came suddenly after the teachers resumed. Just this week Rehema went off to Boarding School in Kilifi. She was so excited but we felt sad to see another of the children fly the nest. Will be good to hear all her news when she comes home at Easter. Irene has started at a Day High School nearby. Is a shame we haven't the funds to build our own High School yet, we've had the acre plot of land for 3 years now but 100k is a lot to raise on top of funds for Casuarina and Feed500. 

The feeding programme is running as smoothly as it can with 500 children coming each week! It's a buzzing hive of activity for a couple of hours in the Church compound, then goes back to peace and tranquility.....quite surreal. The ladies from the Church do a sterling job cooking for so many. This picture shows them sorting the maize and beans ready to cook. When folks are here volunteering is very satisfying and moving, unlike anything most would experience back home.

As usual when we stay we like to take the children out for a treat. They asked to visit the Airport to see all the planes but our request was turned down. Due to vigilant security no School trips are being allowed at the moment. Instead we took them to the beach. It was a different one to the sandy one where we normally go, with rocks and corrals. While the tide was out the children enjoyed exploring the caves and rock pools spotting sea life in every nook and cranny....star fish, crabs, sea urchins...quite a marine safari!. The children found it fascinating meeting the local fishermen who had caught octopus with their spear guns. The boys took turns in holding one....quite big as you can see

There are more pictures of the children's day out on our Charity face book page:  https://www.facebook.com/TheSureFoundation

Thank you to everyone who have congratulated Paul and I on our forthcoming Wedding on 9th May. We would love as many as possible to join us for our Celebration Service: 2.00 p m, Bromham Baptist Church, Village Rd, Bromham, Beds.

Lastly we will be running two Best of Both Worlds trips this year. Departing 22nd July and 21st Oct both for 2 weeks. It's an opportunity to spend a week in the village volunteering at the Orphanage and with the Feeding Programme, also teaching at School. A 3 day safari follows, a chance to see the "big 5" then spend the last 5 nights relaxing at the beautiful 4* Severin Sea Lodge Hotel on the edge of the Indian Ocean. www.severinsealodge.com

If you're interested in this holiday of a lifetime cost is approx £1,500 per person. Please contact me for itinerary and details. You won't find a trip like this in the holiday brochures!

Future Fund-raising Events:
Sat. 18th April: Big Green Day, Milton Keynes Stadium, Milton Keynes, Bucks. 1.00 - 3.00. Visit our stand for recycled denim items
Fri. 24th April: Hitchin Craft Market, Hitchin, Herts. 10.00 - 4.00. A variety of recycled denim items for sale on the Utange stand.
Mon. 4th May: Ickwell May Day, Ickwell Green, Beds. 12.00 - 4.00. Utange stand for both practical and unusual denim items
Sat. 9th May: Love Bletchley, Bletchley Centre, Milton Keynes, Bucks. 10.00 - 4.00. Bibs, bags, purses, glasses/mobile phone cases and much more!
Thank you for your ongoing support!

God bless,

Debbie Scott

Mobile: 07941 563443

Utange Orphans, Kenya


Reg Charity No 1061603

February 2015