Fifth Cress Family Day in South Sudan

Today was the fifth Cress Family Day, and what an exciting day it was.  We arrived, after a short but bumpy ride, at a school to be met by lots of children dancing and singing to welcome us. Caroline was escorted into the hall by the children.  We then had some wonderful singing and speeches of...

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Clergy Conference 2015 a great success!

We were so grateful for a cooler morning and enjoyed breakfast on the verandah, looking out on Papaya trees laden with ripening fruit.  The Clergy Conference 2015, attended by pastors from several dioceses in South Sudan, has gone very well today.  It is being held at the Kajo Keji Cathedral,...

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Finally the Cress team arrive in South Sudan!

After an early breakfast of the now essential coffee and bacon omelette, we left Entebbe for Kajjinsi airstrip. It was a beautiful morning, again the sun overcame the predicted rain which meant our flight could leave on time. We were fortunate that the suitcases all got through security, though repacking...

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A different pace of life in Uganda

Latest news from the Cress team sent Monday 14th September …  A cold shower in the morning has been wonderfully refreshing! This followed a warm night with the chatter of wildlife and dogs defending their territory. The Airport Guest House has been a gentle introduction to Uganda where we have...

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Team arrive safely in Entebbe

We arrived last night after an 8 and a half hour flight, travelling over 4000 miles. After inspiration offered by such cinematic delights as Inside out, and Cinderella (directed by Kenneth Branagh) with their ‘messages at different levels’ we were keen to embrace the adventures offered by the Cress Trip...

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Update from Maggie Metcalfe

We are in the process of packing our bags for South Sudan and feel overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of so many people who have contributed items for us to take with us.  Small boxes and carrier bags have appeared on our doorstep over the last couple of months...

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Preparing for her first visit to the South Sudan!

I am Maggie Metcalfe and neither my husband Jeremy nor I have been to South Sudan before.  We went to Jinja in Uganda 5 years ago so think we have some idea of what to expect – but that really means we understand what it is like not to have...

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Departure date drawing ever closer!

The team have been packing for days, which is a feat in itself!  British Airways allow 3 suitcases per person, so with a team of 6 that makes 18.  However we have a problem, the 80+ sponsors of our children have got carried away in their generosity and made their...

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Packing has begun!

This is the month to start thinking hard about our trip and departure on September 12th!  There is a LOT of packing to be done and still matters to organise with the team in South Sudan! Di Jeans and Sophie Blick have been emailing every sponsor to arrange collection of their...

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Plans are well underway for the clinic ‘grand’ opening

Sadly we heard yesterday that Becky cannot now come with us in September as she has to stay at home to look after her father who is having a major operation.   Thanks to her wonderful fundraising efforts already and that of St James’s and the local primary school we...

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