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February 2017

2016 at a Glance

On your behalf, St. Margaret's transferred
to RYDA through 2016.

Look through the Previous News above to see what RYDA achieved with it.

In addition to St. Margaret's own people our thanks go to Mary, Council and members of St. John's Cowes, Don & Marg, Ron & Faye, Bronwyn, Singularity, Montrose Probus and all who gave donations, time, thought or prayer to RYDA. We hope you will continue the journey with us through 2017. Included in this wonderful total were:

Christmas Gift Certificates
Wise Choices for Life

In addition Stephen & Karen donated $500 directly to WCFL to back up the training with the necessary teaching aids kit.

Not The Best Start

The beginning of the year has had its problems for RYDA in two ways. The one computer which connects to the Internet decided to fail permanently. So for now the only way RYDA can check email is if Geoffrey travels the 8 miles into Kampala to an Internet cafe. This can't happen daily, so information flow is currently restricted.

The other problem is that Geoffrey has only just returned to work after a significant operation. He is still recovering, so the journey itself is an extra strain.

Perhaps raising funds for a replacement laptop
is our first project for the year.

How To Support RYDA

Afternoon traffic approaching the city centre as seen from the RYDA van.
McLean Family Dormitory Almost Finished

Through January the construction of the new boys' dormitory moved on significantly thanks to the donation sent in mid-December. The floor used much more concrete and cement than expected which soaked up much of the funds. Painting and electrical connection remain to be completed at a probable cost of around AUD1000. Hopefully we will have photos sent as soon as the computing problem is fixed.

New Bank Account

Part of St. Margaret's mission is to receive and transfer donations to RYDA from a wide group of supporters. Please note that St. Margaret's has changed its bank. If you have St. Margaret's old Commonwealth Bank details listed as a payee in your account, please update now. That account will soon be closed. Details of the new account are listed in How To Support RYDA.

Double Diary Date

A Capella choir Singularity will present The Merry Widow in concert at:

St. Margaret's Uniting Church, Mooroolbark
Sunday June 4th, 2017

St. John's Uniting Church, Cowes
Sunday June 11th, 2017

Singularity has been singing for RYDA annually for many years. It is always an afternoon not to be missed.
Which event will you attend?

April 2017

Meet Chloe & Jorja

Their new way of supporting RYDA has everyone involved and the bonus is a cleaner, greener earth.

Terracycle is a huge industry recycling 'materials that are difficult to recycle'. The big end of their work is manufacturing businesses, but they also offer a range of recycling opportunities to anyone who wants to become involved. With the help of mum Naomi, the girls chose their target rubbish and decorated these wonderful recycling cartons to receive the congregations' toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, toothbrush packaging and other cosmetic item packaging.

When the cartons are full the material is delivered to Terracycle which pays 1 cent for each item as a donation to the collector's chosen charity. Chloe and Jorja chose RYDA.

Your church, club or group could do the same. Follow the girls' lead in supporting RYDA and keep this recyclable material out of landfill at the same time.

Sisters Chloe and Jorja are the stars of St. Margaret's Uniting Church.

Laptop for RYDA

In the February news we mentioned that the only computer RYDA had which connected to the Internet had failed. We wondered if providing a new one was to be the first project for the year.

  • St. Margaret's treasurer checked the books in the first week of March and found almost $1000 had been given since the start of the year. Not enough.
  • On the second Sunday in March the congregations of St. Margaret's and St. John's, Cowes, were simultaneously invited to support a Laptop for RYDA mini-project. At the end of this day, just over $2000 was available. This included a significant amount from one Cowes family and a pension-stretching donation from another.
  • On the third Sunday the total grew to just over $3000 with significant amounts from two St. Margaret's families and a myriad of amounts in the plate, the RYDA box at St. Margaret's and bank transfers. More than enough for a laptop, but the project was deemed open for one more week.
On the last Sunday of the month the total rose to $3,250.65.

More than enough! Thank you to the scores of people in and around St. John's and St. Margaret's who have continued their faithful support of RYDA and answered this need so quickly. We expect this amount ($US2,336.97) to be in RYDA's account by the time you read this.

The 'change' will be used to push on with the completion of the McLean Family Dormitory (see February News).

This is what the new boys' dormitory looked like at the beginning of March. A beautiful building created with their own hands and the help of local artisans. But not quite finished. Inside, concrete flooring needs to be completed in some spaces and electricity needs to be connected. We hope the 'change' from our laptop donations will be enough.

Food Security and Prayer

Last year RYDA planted a large garden of matooke (green bananas) in the hope that it will provide an extra degree of food security following the next dry season. As you can see if you compare to the original photos in 2016 News (September) the matooke is growing well. Any farmer knows that there is along way to go before the crop will be gathered. Please pray for the success of this crop.

Prayer is also needed to support Director Geoffrey Kyeyune and the staff. A phone call to RYDA in the third week of March revealed that Geoffrey is still struggling to recover from malaria. As a result, Principal Suzan Nabirye willingly steps up to take on some of Geoffrey's load and in their turn staff do all they can to support their beloved Director and Principal. Please remember them as they guide their many orphaned and disadvantaged youth towards a positive future.

May 2017

Here's a Happy Man

Dear Our Partners/Donors,

With your compassionate members things have been done and achievements registered. In no time when we cried and informed you about our computer and internet connection money was raised and sent to rescue this problem. With the balance after this power was connected to the McLean Boys dormitory.

Opportunities have been created, visions realized and the dreams comes true to all those whose hope have been lost over time. We are always hopeful and we continue praying for the challenges to be turned into opportunities.

We salute you all for the efforts you put in over the years to make our activities continue with simple hitches.

On behalf of the Rubaga Youth Development Association (RYDA) Board and secretariat staff and the beneficiaries for championing our cause for all this period. Let us single out St Margaret Uniting Church, St Johns of Cowes, Singularity choir, education institutions, Rev Arnie Wierenga, Black Douglas Educational Services to mention but a few.

May all your work of your hands be rewarded with many blessings.

Keep smiling,
Geoffrey Steven Kyeyune
Executive Director-RYDA

Here you see the government power supply connected to the new dormitory building. Your recent donation of $US2,336.97 paid for this after first purchasing the replacement laptop, software and internet connection.

The floors in the two smaller rooms of the building have been finished. Only the floor in the main building remains to be completed. However for now the building cannot be occupied.

Join us in one of next fundraising activities and help RYDA to complete this much needed boys' dormitory.

Singularity Sings for RYDA (Twice!)

Popular A Capella choir Singularity has performed annually to support RYDA for several years. No one has every been disappointed with the afternoon. If the crowds are big enough this year, RYDA will be able to finish the McLean Family Dormitory.

A Capella choir Singularity, in costume, will present The Merry Widow in concert at:

  • St. Margaret's Uniting Church
    Sunday June 4th, 2017

  • St. John's Uniting Church
    Saturday June 10th, 2017

View or print a poster for your event.



This is an afternoon not to be missed.
Which event will you attend?

How Many Students at RYDA

In April RYDA completed the intake of 153 new students. With the 56 continuing students that's a total of 209 orphaned or vulnerable teenagers living and learning on site. Boys are currently living in converted classrooms while their purpose built dormitory waits to be finished.

Say Hello to Bashir

Bashir Kayiwa is 14 years old. He dropped out of school after he lost his parents.

He was referred to RYDA Vocational Institute by a community CBO to be assisted to acquire skills in hairdressing. He has managed in the short time to grasp his english, both spoken and written.

He will this year sit for modular assessment exams in November 2017.

Other RYDA Activities

Building and construction students preparing bricks for the mid-term practical exams.

How does your garden grow? Pretty well in the rainy season. Hopefully these beans growing among the matooke will bring a harvest soon. All part of RYDA's efforts to improve its food security for the dry season.

June 2017

The Spirit Moves

Yvonne sent this message after receiving the previous edition of RYDA eNews:

Hi Doug,

I have just read the previous news of 2016 and 2015. So much has happened in those two years - the words in my balloon still stand. Thanks be to God!!! What an amazing God we worship and who looks after his sheep!

Love and blessings,

Yvonne prepared this balloon for the 20 year display and reflection at St. Margaret's in April 2016. (See May 2016 in Previous News above.)

Singularity Sings for RYDA ... Twice

On the first two weekends in June volunteer choir Singularity delighted the people of Mooroolbark and Cowes with a thoroughly enjoyable, playful and wonderfully musical presentation of The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár. These talented and generous singers, their leader, pianist, costume director and various helpers give their time freely so the organisations they sing for can raise money for their chosen charity.

The few photos below illustrate why everyone had so much fun ... and the grand total raised for RYDA at the two events was...


$434 at Mooroolbark and $1440 at Cowes

Thank you to everyone who supported this excellent result with your attendance, your afternoon tea contributions and your gifts. A special thank you also to the Cowes family who gave one very large donation included in that sub-total. We understand that each person gives equally from the heart what they can, but anonymous friends, your gift significantly increases the usable dollars at the RYDA end.

A transfer will be made to the RYDA account as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing how the total is used.

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