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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Thank you for your readership and continued support,
Janet and Jim