This was back to school week for kids in Uganda and the ones at Child Redeemed Mission Home approach it with a lot of enthusiasm….Shopping, supplies accumulation, prayer meetings, head shaving, making of fried crispy dough called Daddies (their version of snack chips). 6 existing High Schoolers were joined by 7 first year students and 32 elementary school aged kids started school.
CRM kids know that their future is why they are going to school and value the opportunity. Sadly, even as I walk the kids to school, I pass dozens and dozens of kids working in the family gardens or just hanging out…not going to school. A life in early years without hope for future opportunities is so sad. CRM kids have the opportunity to have dreams and goals. Praise God.
We purposely plan our January trips to coincide with the end of their holiday vacation and to be part of the going back to school time. One transition we celebrate is from Primary School to High School. We took the 7 new high schoolers to town for a nice lunch, chat about the future, Fatherly advice, and prayer. That was a real treat for them….and then shopping in town for shoes and remaining needs for going to boarding school.