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Eden Grace Ministry Update – March/April

Colin Saxton, FUM’s general secretary, visited Kenya in late November and was able to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with my family and me. During that visit, he asked me to take on a special short-term assignment helping Friends Theological College reorganize its accounting system. With the dawn of the need to raise funds for scholarships and operating costs, the college has…

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Sam and Becky Barber

Sam and Becky Barber Update – March/April

Much time has been spent in meetings with the Belize Ministry of Education to prepare a “free lunch” program to begin at the end of January. We are delighted that the government has decided to move forward with this plan, as students who are hungry have a hard time concentrating on academics and tend to present behavior problems. Although snacks…

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Ann Riggs Update – March/April

Before I left Kenya for Christmas in the US, the new chair of the Friends Theological College Board’s Development and Fundraising Committee, along with a student, a faculty member and a driver, visited our sugarcane plantation. They took a picture of the cane, a picture that appears on the back of the FTC Christmas card. When they returned, they shook…

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Sam and Becky Barber

Field Staff Reports: Sam & Becky Barber – March 2013

The Ministry of Education once again changed the starting date of the nutritional program that would provide a healthy meal daily to each student. It is now scheduled to begin in early March and also will include health checks and iron and folic acid supplements for every student. With the snack program from the generous donations of USFW and the…

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Ann Riggs

Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – February, 2013

As we approach the general Kenyan elections on 4 March 2013, the eight presidential candidates have presented goals for their hoped-for presidencies. Economic matters are high on their lists. One candidate has pledged to create a million new jobs a year. In a country with only 40 million people, a million new jobs each year would make a huge difference…

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Sam and Becky Barber

Field Staff Reports: Sam Barber – February, 2013

January is always a time of transition at Belize Friends School. Now that the second term has begun, our focus is geared toward the preparation of the Primary School Examination (PSE). We also accepted three more students, bringing our total to ten. On a personal side, our house was broken into again on January 14. This time some of Felicia…

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Joyce Ajlouny

Field Staff Reports: Joyce Ajlouny – February, 2013

As the second semester began at Ramallah Friends School (RFS), the staff committee initiated a one-hour strike each morning to emphasize their desire for better benefits and pay. Negotiations are continuing and it is my hope the staff will agree to a five-year offer from the Board of Trustees. Meanwhile as discussions continue, the staff agreed to freeze the strike…

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Ramallah Friends School

FUM Ministry Of the Month – February, 2013

Ramallah Friends School Upper School Campus — “You can take away our land and our freedom, but you cannot take away our education” is a motto threading itself throughout the history of the Friends Boys School (Upper School) which began in rented spaces in Ramallah, Palestine, in 1901. Over a century later the educational ministry despite many wars and atrocities…

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Ann Riggs

Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – January 2013

My report entails three recent blessings. Before I left Kenya for Christmas in US, the new chair of the FTC board’s Development and Fund-raising committee went with a student, a faculty member and a driver to visit our sugarcane plantation. They took a picture of the cane, which appears on the back of the FTC Christmas card. When they returned…

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Eden Grace

Field Staff Reports: Eden Grace – January 2013

December is always a busy month, but this past December was even more so! Colin Saxton, FUM’s General Secretary, visited Kenya in late November and was able to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with my family and me. During that visit, he asked me to take on a special short-term assignment helping Friends Theological College reorganize its accounting system. With the dawn…

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