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February 2018

Your Achievement

It may have been a little bit or a large amount; it may have been just once or on several occasions; it was your gift and you meant it to make a difference. It has, and when combined with donations from others it has mattered even more.
Through this year St. Margaret's transferred


to RYDA.

Mid-January St. Margaret's transferred


to RYDA.

Most of the January amount ($US2478.56) was raised in the latter months of 2017 and the total includes $1920 from Christmas Gift Certificates.

You have been amazing!

Will you continue to support RYDA through 2018?

A Thank You

Following the January transfer, the Executive Director wrote:

Dear Doug / Ann (St. Margaret's treasurer)

I write to acknowledge for the funds which you raised and remitted to the RYDA account on 19th/01/2018. This funds sent to us has been credited to our organization account on 29th/01/2018.

We want to extend our sincere appreciation to all our donors and long time supporters for their continued support and the compassionate heart towards our activities and programmes. The funds received has been used to do the final work on the new dormitory, final roofing of the canteen bathrooms and constructing the new bathrooms for the new dormitory.

Once again we salute our fundraising team and St Margaret's and St. John's Uniting Church members and partners for the work well done. Rubaga Youth Development Association (RYDA) board and secretariat are very grateful for the your continued support.

Your sincerely
Geoffrey Steven Kyeyune

RYDA News Bits

Geoffrey is one of the key leaders at RYDA. The other is Principal Suzan Nabirye.

  • In December RYDA students picked 50 bunches of matooke from the plantation they nurtured through the year. Some were traded, some were eaten, some were stored. And there were still some left on the trees.
  • In mid-December Suzan contracted typhoid. Today that once terrifying disease can be treated with anitbiotics. However as Suzan was recovering she received news on December 22nd that her mother had died. Her mother was buried on Christmas Eve.
  • At the same time Geoffrey was hospitalised with very high blood pressure, ulcers and fever. The culprit was diagnosed as over work. Hospital care began rebuilding his body and at the end of the first week of January he was sent home with instructions to stay away from work until the end of the month. Geoffrey managed to obey instructions for another week; however the desire to complete the new boys' dormitory in time for the return of the bulk of the children on February 5th drew him back.
  • All RYDA students are referred to by the United Nations as OVC - Orphaned or Vulnerable Child. All RYDA students are aged 12 -18. Through the year a member of the RYDA administrative team tries to make contact with someone from each child's family with a view to them welcoming the child into their home over Christmas / New Year. RYDA also has contact with other 'nice families' who will welcome a student through this time. Despite this effort there were still around 50 children living at the centre over the 'holiday period' when both leaders were under stress. We thank those children and the staff who lived with them for keeping RYDA operating through the difficult weeks.
Suzan Continues Promoting Wise Choices For Life
I was invited again to another church to have a seminar on wise choices which I did. That's along Masaka road near to Maye Village before Mpigi town council. I met an audience of about 100 members still from different churches at Friends church that was last week on Tuesday. In addition, tomorrow, I have been invited to Evangelical Pentecostal church in Kakiri for another meeting on wise choices from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Am so eager to meeting them so that I share with them.
Kakiri Presentation

The WCFL training course and teaching aid package which have resourced Suzan to lead these sessions were totally funded by donations through St. Margaret's. Your gift keeps on giving ... and far more broadly that was first imagined.

How Does Your Dormitory Grow?

The new boy's dormitory as we first saw it in March 2015

Shell complete and roof added by December 2015 then to 'lock up' stage by July 2016

Working on the interior August 2016 and unexpected grading to prevent run off water damage October 2017

Sitting beside the smaller old dormitory 25th January 2018, the day the interior was finally finished.

Painted January 31 with paint bought from the January 29th transfer and beds ready to be moved in for occupancy.

What a fabulous achievement brought about by a combination of the faithfulness of RYDA donors and the expertise and resourcefulness of RYDA staff and students. The new dormitory will be named McLean Family Dormitory to recognise several substantial donations to its construction by Don and Margaret McLean of St. Margaret's congregation.
The donations began with a bequest in Margaret's will.

New Sanitary Blocks

A new bathroom / toilet block is being finished to service the McLean Family Dormitory and a new toilet block is being added in the Canteen area of the compound. This is all possible because town water which became available from one tap in early 2015 has now been piped to other areas of the site. Now the toilets will have running water to a septic tank.

March 2018

McLean Family Dormitory in Service

These photos of the recently completed McLean Family Dormitory were taken on March 5th. The building is high on a hill at the top of the RYDA compound. In the front view, on the left of the picture you catch a glimpse of a building on the adjoining property further up the hill.

Painting has made it look a million dollars and the landscaping you see underway in front of it will be grassed level ground for relaxation. The photo of the rear is taken standing against the embankment that separates RYDA from the higher property.

Be happy! After all your fund raising and RYDA's construction over more than 3 years, the building is now occupied by 40 boys in their second year of training.


The estimated capacity of this dormitory is 200 students. 80 additional double bunk beds will be necessary for the building to reach its potential.

The new shower/toilet block stands on the recently graded land behind the building.

It needs to be finished.

How to Support RYDA has details
about donating through St. Margaret's Uniting Church.
New Bathroom Block
Our next project is to help complete this bathroom.
Can you help?

Built with their own hands, this bathroom will house the first non-pit latrine on the site. It will be connected to the town water supply to provide a sanitary system that flushes to a septic tank. All that is needed to complete it is:

  • Roofing
  • Water connection / plumbing
  • Securing new urinals and toilet seats

We have helped to build the huge dormitory. How hard can this little building be?

Let Me Introduce You To...

...these two children who began their RYDA training in February.


Timothy is a special case. He is only 10 years old and RYDA usually only accepts children 12 - 18 years. Timothy is a Primary 4 drop out who has been referred by his desperate parents. He has begun an Art & Design course. In 2015 RYDA made a similar exception for Leon and in our April 2016 eNews we were able to report his success story. Similar hopes are held for Timothy.

Jenifer was referred by Kaliro District which is many hours drive away. She is 13 years old and lost both her parents at the age of two. She has begun a hairdressing course and after just two months the transformation in this young lady is clear to all staff.
How Many Students?

Currently there are 58 girls and 42 boys living and learning at RYDA.
For the most part RYDA offers two year courses to government examination standard then tries to place graduating students in their first job. The current RYDA courses are:
  • Hairdressing
  • Tailoring
  • Art & Design
  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Building & Construction
  • Catering
  • Plumbing
Hairdressing currently has the most students with 22 and Art & Design the least with 7. Students select one of these careers and the curriculum also includes:
  • Local language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Counselling & Guidance
  • Music, Dance & Drama
  • Business English
Double Diary Date

A Capella choir Singularity will present Iolanthe in concert at:

St. Margaret's Uniting Church, Mooroolbark
Sunday June 3rd, 2018

St. John's Uniting Church, Cowes
Sunday June 10th, 2018

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 2018

Donations Transferred

Last month you read about the need to complete the new shower / toilet block which services the recently completed new boys' dormitory. This month St. Margaret's Treasurer was able to transfer $AU1523.05 from your donations plus $20 towards bank fees in Uganda. In US dollars a total of $US1136.46.

Executive director Geoffrey Steven Kyeyune acknowledged receipt on April 18th.

I write to acknowledge the receipt of these funds. The donor funds have been credited to our account. Once again on behalf of Rubaga Youth Development Association (RYDA) I write to extend our sincere appreciation to all donors for the support they have continued to give this project. It has come at the right period where such support is needed to complete the shower/toilet block.
We join Geoffrey in thanking everyone who has donated so much in such a short time and everyone who prayed for the success of this mini-project. The total was made up from:
  • small amounts regularly given to the RYDA Box which is part of every Sunday offering collection at St. Margaret's,
  • regular salary sacrifice gifts from someone special,
  • generous responses to the opportunity by members of St. Margaret's and members of St. John's, Cowes,
  • and the faithful responses from the members of one family who simply said to each other "The dormitory is built, so we can't have those kids going without a shower can we?" and 'passed the hat around'.
We know this amount will take the shower / toilet block closer to completion. Perhaps it will be enough to finish it. Pray for that and come back next month to see how your prayers have been answered.

Singularity Sings For RYDA

Give yourself a musical afternoon of Gilbert & Sullivan silliness at one of these two upcoming concerts and at the same time give a RYDA the opportunity to keep on doing God's work. Click an image to reveal a PDF for printing.