A few weeks in Scotland, friends, family and fundraising; mother and toddler group at Fly Free school; looking for a better building for street kids; forest fire danger.

I traveled home to Scotland to visit family and friends, it is wonderful to catch up with everyone after 9 months in Java. I really miss my granddaughters who are growing up so fast. I was looking forward to a warm and sunny Scottish summer but afraid this year it did not happen but I still think Scotland is beautiful, the air clean and fresh, the best place in the world.

During the summer we held many fund raising events starting with our yearly Garden Day at my daughter’s plant nursery. It takes a lot of organizing and hard work, including me weeding the garden to make it look the best, not my favourite job!!

The day was very successful thanks to our helpers and many visitors, and raised much needed funds. We also held coffee mornings, sales tables, ladies nights, my good friend Mark Mellor took part in a sponsored army assault course, very difficult in rain and mud, he completed  it in good time and has signed up for next year. I am so grateful to all my friends who help to fund the Safehaven projects.

Back in Java, Apuk is taking care of all the projects as well as organizing the team to deal with forest fires, this is the dry season and many fires break out, even in the poorer villages, many of the houses are made from bamboo so fires spread quickly, the team always assist to a call out, even though they have no safety equipment, our aim is to kit the guys out when funds become available.

Fly Free school in Legok is running smoothly thanks to our headmaster Uwa and the kindergarten teachers. They have started a mother and toddler group, somewhere nice for the mothers to meet and toys for the kids to play with. We are planning to paint and do small repairs with some of the funds raised.

The street kids project is our biggest concern – the building that we rent is not in good condition. We wish to find something better to house our education centre so we can include a kindergarten, rescue training facilities and office. Good cooking equipment would also be a blessing!!!

My time in Scotland passed very quickly and at the beginning of September I traveled back to Java, my second home.