Friday, 5 October 2012

Off to Serenje

This Sunday Simon Benham, Andy Jackson, Howard and Elisabeth Reece-Smith and myself are flying out to Serenje. It is such a privilege to go. I'm looking forward to seeing all that has happened since our visit last year. We recently received an update from the project, which was so encouraging, here are some highlights: - 20% of the farmers who received seed in the 2011-2012 farming season don't need to receive it 2012-2013 because they've had such a good harvest. - From their harvest they've been able to sell the produce and raise income for their children's education and the family's health needs. - 350 families each received 2 goats previously, and their offspring has enabled another 139 families to receive 2 goats. - The mobile library is taking books to 13 schools. - 6 special needs orphans and vulnerable children are receiving school fees and transport to school. It's amazing, but that's not all, as the update also says 'Hunger is now a thing of the past.' Wow. While we're in Serenje we'll have the opportunity to see our friends there, friends that we have made over the last 5 years, some of whom you have met, like Leah, Samson and Bernard. And we'll be catching up with my great friends Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam and their gorgeous girls Isla and Amba, who moved out to Lusaka this January. We are going to be chatting with Leah and the pastors about the way forward, for the 5th year of the project and beyond. We'll also be talking about the girls dormitory and how we can move this forward to ensure it gets built as soon as possible. We'd value your prayers for our trip and look forward to sharing all we've seen when we return. Zoe

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