From Canada

One of Janet’s study groups – Concordia High School (2019)

Our two lives are separated by over 13,000 kilometres. And such different places in so many ways. Returning to Canada is always an adjustment, despite our appreciation for the wonderful country we call home.

Three of Janet’s students received awards for top marks in math.

While in Canada, Janet remains connected with many of her students and is able to continue to tutor in English, math, and science through social media. Likewise, Jim remains in touch with some of the young men he mentors.

Jim delivering soccer boots (cleats) early April 2019.

In early April, soccer boots (i.e. cleats) were provided to each of the 5 soccer teams. The program continues to thrive, with tournaments most weekends. The 5 groups of boys are working well together, and we continue to enjoy peace in the schools and on the streets.

Warriors soccer team with their new boots (cleats).

Coach Justice has done a terrific job of organizing weekly soccer tournaments and providing a professional and highly competitive outlet for the guys. Thank you, Justice.

Jim and Herb Hunter (far right) with Interact members.

Jim was invited to speak to the Knysna Rotary Club in April on the topic of youth gangsterism. Herb Hunter (photo – far right) is the Rotary member responsible for Interact Clubs (junior Rotary) in each of the local high schools. Herb, a Canadian who now resides in Knysna, invited some Interact representatives to attend.

Carpentry Skills graduation (April 2019). Don (standing – far left), Coop (standing – center), Jim.

For the 3rd consecutive year, our friend Coop delivered a  9 week basic carpentry skills program to 15 youth. Assisted by fellow Canadian, Don, the young guys acquired a range of skills. This top-notch program concluded with the construction of a one room addition to a house where a paraplegic man resides. Well done, Coop and Don.

Knysna, South Africa sunset – April 2019

Thank you for your readership and continued support, 

Janet and Jim

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