We are delighted to provide an update regarding the construction of the school at Kyasira Orphanage. The school is now firmly under construction with the foundations and first level of walling now complete.
The school will accommodate 280 children once it is completed including free education for any of the orphans who do not currently go to school. As you can see from the pictures the “ground breaking ceremony” was conducted by the Archbishop of Kampala Cyprien Lwanga and our builders swiftly got to work on the first phase of construction. We are hoping to have the school operational before Easter 2015 and will provide ongoing updates as pictures become available.
Adrian & Rachel Buckley recently returned to The Kyasira Home Of Hope to break ground on their new project building a school for the orphanage, we asked Rachel a few questions about the experience.
What was is like to visit The Kyasira Home Of Hope one year on?
It was very exciting. We were expecting to see changes but were amazed at how different things were.
What has changed at The Kyasira Home Of Hope in the past year?
Everything! The children are healthy and well fed. They are full of smiles. The surrounding farmland has been well cultivated and the livestock is very well managed indeed. The children eat fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs along with chicken and fish. They have enough left over to make a small profit for the orphanage. The locals are coming to our orphanage to get clean water because they don’t have this facility. They have cows for milk too which they have in porridge every morning.
What would you say that your favourite thing about this trip was?
Seeing the children and talking to them. Making an overnight difference. We fixed the damaged electrics so the children could read and use computers at night after school. We bought a pump which feeds an irrigation system and a new toilet block.
We also enjoyed buying a tractor to help on the farm…who knows what we will see on our next trip?
How much impact will providing a new school have on the children’s futures?
It will change their lives forever. They will be able to work in a well paid job. They have a future.
Is there anything else that you’d like to say about your trip?
We can’t wait to go back to open the school. We are so impressed at how quickly and well the nuns have worked to effect change.
The 2014 DFNI Charity Ball, now in its 19th year, will take place on Friday 11 April 2014 at the Lancaster Hotel in London.
This year’s proceeds will go to The ABC Trust and will be used to construct a school for orphans in Kyasira, Uganda. The Adrian Buckley Charitable Foundation has already made a significant improvement to the lives of the children in Kyasira by building the orphanage and now with your help is working to build Kyasira Home School to provide the children with an education and thus a route out of poverty.
More information is available on DFNIonline.com. Every year we are astonished by the generosity of the duty-free and travel-retail industry. The 2013 event raised an incredible £85,000 for the London Supply Group Foundation project to construct a nursery school in the Primero de Mayo neighbourhood in Puerto Iguazú, and this is something we are determined to match in 2014!
How can you help?
Any donation, big or small, will make a difference. You have been very generous in the past and we hope that you will be able to help us again this year!
All prizes donated will be used for a live auction, silent auction, raffle and other games and will be used to raise funds:
- Main Auction Prize Donations – these need to be high value items (valued from £800 to £3,000) or an experience-based package or holiday break (usually inclusive of air tickets).
- Silent Auction Prize Donations – last year we raised a great deal of additional money through a silent auction of products valued at between £100 and £800. We received handbags and other fashion items, beauty products, premium liquor, gifts, theatre and football tickets and jewellery.
- Prize Donations for other Fundraising Games and raffles – these are smaller products and gifts from any category: fragrances, liquor, confectionery, accessories, jewellery and so on.
- Gifts for the goody bags – goody bags are given on the night of the event to all the guests attending and we are grateful for all donated items to fill the bags.
- Attend the event: of course, we hope that you will join us for a night of fun, fundraising and networking at the DFNI Gemstones & Jewel Charity on Friday 11 April 2014 – tickets are £199.00 + VAT or £1,990.00 +VAT for a table of 10.
The evening will be full of glitz and glamour and promises to be an night not to be missed! Guests will enjoy a champagne drinks reception, dinner, entertainment and dancing. It is the ideal way to mix business and pleasure whilst helping to raise vital funds for this year’s charity.
For all contributions, table enquiries or for more information about the event, please contact:
T : 44 (0) 20 8253 8607
Please help us again and join us for a fantastic evening at the Gemstone & Jewel Charity Ball!
Letter from Adrian Buckley – CEO/Founder of Buckley Jewellery.
Buckley Jewellery and The ABC Trust are delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the beneficiary for the 2014 DFNI Charity Ball.
In these financially constrained times it is humbling to observe the kindness and generosity of the travel retail industry in its support of this event. All proceeds received will be used to construct a school in Kyasira, Uganda to complement the orphanage opened there in February 2013.
I founded the ABC Trust in 2012 after visiting Kyasira with my sister where we were shocked to observe the impoverished conditions in which the children were living, without running water and sanitation. It was at this moment that I decided to establish the ABC Trust to help improve living conditions for the children at Kyasira.
Through my business Buckley Jewellery, we were able to generate the funds required to construct an entirely new orphanage with the sole intention of improving the quality of life for the children that reside there.
The Orphanage was opened on the 18th of February 2013 by the Archbishop of Kampala and it now provides a safe and secure home for over 70 orphans.
It was always my ambition to build a complementary school for the orphans as education is the only route out of the poverty trap that besets many of the children in Uganda. This is why I am convinced that the money raised through this year’s Charity Ball will make a huge difference for children of Kyasira not only now but for years into the future.
The school will include an administration block and one block of six class rooms which will include three nursery classes and three primary classes with the ability to extend to seven classes in the future.
I would like to conclude by thanking you all for being here tonight and for your wonderful generosity. I would also like to thank Amanda and the team at DFNI for their efforts in arranging tonight’s ball.
Please enjoy your evening and thanks again.
In our last post we saw the foundations of our new school project being laid. We are delighted with the progress our local builders are making. The structure is in place has reached roofing level – next step is to start the roof.
We are hoping to have the school operational before Easter 2015 and will provide ongoing updates as pictures become available.