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News from Uganda

Dear Doug,
We have received your documents on the publicity for the concerts. We are indeed indebted to the Singularity choir for the annual fundraising for all these years. What a support to the RYDA activities.

Also St. Margaret Uniting Church and St. John Cowes congregations for always standing with us in this developmental work. Young people have been transformed and we are continuing doing this noble work. Your financial and material support has enabled us to do skills training and welfare for the needy children and young people.

In Uganda today fuel has now reached 6,000 shillings per litre. This has made increases on the essential goods hence making cost of living higher. To RYDA, food is becoming expensive. COVID cases have been sighted and recorded recently in the country. We are praying that we do not fall victim.

Next month, July, we are beginning the exams. The challenge is the examination test materials and electric power to facilitate the exam period.

Our Ugandan ambassador to Germany Mr. Ssozi visited RYDA center and we discussed many issues and needs for the center. He promised to tell people in Germany about what RYDA does to skill Uganda young people. We need to pray and keep our fingers crossed to see that this becomes into reality.

I have been trying to get things done to make the girls bathroom usable again. It got damaged after a heavy raining season. Also we have a new nurse as now it's a requirement for the center.

Once again we extend our sincere gratitude to Singularity choir and Cowes and St. Margaret Uniting Church for supporting the two concerts fundraising for RYDA activities and programs.

Also to the two ministers we are thankful for allowing your church premises to host these concerts.

We salute you all.
Geoffrey Steven Kyeyune
Executive Director - RYDA

Note 1: Ambassador Danny Mayanja Ssozi is the new Deputy Head of Mission / Trade & Investment in Berlin. He is an experienced diplomat who has previously served his country in Copenhagen, London, New Delhi and 2005-2008, in Berlin.
Note 2: The publicity Geoffrey refers to is articles in the Lilydale Star Mail and the Phillip Island & San Remo Advertiser. See how they retold the RYDA story: Star Mail ... Advertiser
Note 3: See photo gallery below for snapshots of the two concerts.

Girl's bathroom wall damaged at both ends
due to a very heavy rainy season.

Meet Some of the Staff

New staff member ... Tumwebaze Prossy ... Nurse

Stephen Onyait - recently promoted to Deputy Principal
Namudu Prossy - school secretary

Singularity Support a Huge Success

The gallery of photos below - some from Mooroolbark, some from Cowes - will give you some idea of why about 80 people at each venue enjoyed themselves so much. Two wonderful, warm winter afternoons of musical treasure that through ticket sales and donations raised:
St. Margaret's


St. John's


Add to that
raised by Ron Seccull and the people of Yarrawonga

And then add
given bit by bit, in small amounts by many wonderful people since the last time we sent funds.

to make the wonderful grand total of:


which was transferred to RYDA on June 27th as USD2173.54.

In Memory of Norm Brabazon

In 1999 Gael and Norm Brabazon rode their bikes from Adelaide to Alice Springs to raise funds for Rubaga Youth Development Association. This was one of our earliest fund raising activities. It was their idea. They had heard Geoffrey speak when he had visited St. Margaret's in 1998 and they wanted to help. Read the full details by clicking the photo.

Norm recently passed away, at age 84. We extend our sympathy and encouragement to Gael, family and friends who are grieving his loss and celebrating all they have shared through his life.


Rogues Gallery: Pirates of Penzance

Queen Victoria

The resolution of the plot begins
when the pirates declare themselves
to be loyal to their queen,
even to the point of
certain imprisonment.

They are slaves to duty.