For background information about Uganda and visiting, click on INFORMATION FOR THOSE VISITING UGANDA.
I have just finished creating a website for Nyero Rock Alternative Technology and Vocational Training School which was founded in Kumi District by James Ikara, a friend I have known since 1992. Please take time to visit the Website and read about the amazing work they are doing.
I strongly encourage you to follow the moving and inspirational Blog written by Amecet Baby and Children’s Home in Soroti (Teso, Uganda). It is run by YWAM and staffed by local people as well as international volunteers. They take in babies and children who are affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS, as well as babies whose mothers died during or soon after delivery and abandoned children brought to them by the Police. They aim to get all the children back to their relatives as soon as they are strong enough and can be cared for properly. They took in Ikwenyu Angela Rose’s baby, Mercy, when Angela died in 2014 ten days after the birth from haemorrhaging and infection. They kept her for a few months whilst bottle feeding until she was big enough to take her back to Angela’s family. Angela was one of our sponsored students who had recently qualified as a Teacher. They also took in the new born baby girl of another of our old sponsored students (Angoro Irene, a Midwife) who sadly died in November 2017 after a Caesarean because of complications aggravated by sickle cell anaemia.
Robert has been refused a UK Visa to come and visit us for our 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations
We are all so disappointed that Robert Okiror has been refused a UK Visa even though they accepted the validity of the invitation to come on our family holiday in July to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary.
The reason they refused was because he doesn’t earn enough and never has what the UK Border Agency consider to be enough in his bank account to support a wife and three children – and so they reckon he had no intention of returning home, but would disappear in the UK in order to find a way of earning more money!! Because this is the reason for refusing the Visa, he has no right of appeal because his circumstances won’t be any different.
It shows an ignorance of the way of life in the rural areas of Uganda where bank accounts are only used to pay salaries into for the few people who have jobs. This money is mainly used to pay school fees as they have other means for daily living, including all the crops they grow for eating and selling. In addition, Robert and his wife run a small shop in Soroti which brings in more income than his job, but isn’t paid into the bank, and he has invested in five oxen used for ploughing and hiring out, as well as planting 1000 pine trees. All of this was explained in his application, but all they were interested in was his bank balance.
If only there was some sort of Bond system so that sponsors could sign over a large sum of money in case the person disappears in the UK and never returns home….. It’s a shame that our MP was so busy campaigning for the Election. However, having spoken to her at church yesterday, she is happy to take it up with the new minister responsible for immigration and border control to see what can be done to change the policy and system. It feels as though the UK has blacklisted certain countries and categories of people very much as Trump has done, but without publicising it!