We are so pleased to be able to give you an update on the school at the Kyasira Orphanage, which thanks to the money raised at last years DFNI Ball is coming along brilliantly.
As you can see, the walls have been built and construction on the roof is well under way.
With the addition of new animals the Orphanage is managing to be self sufficient which is something that is extremely important to them.
The children are very excited about the school being completed and are looking forward to making new friends when it opens later this year.
The school will provide free education for the orphans and has places for almost 300 children to attend from the local area.
The work being done to help these children is so appreciated and all the money that has been raised will make a real difference in their lives.
The ABC Trust would like to thank everyone who is helping to support this project and will keep sharing the progress in Kyasira.
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.
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.
With the orphanage building almost complete we are delighted to report that His Grace Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala will officially open the new orphanage on Monday 18th February.
Adrian together with his family including Rachel and their four children are travelling to Kampala to attend the opening ceremony. Liz and Ray Atkins who started the project will also be travelling to Uganda to meet the children and attend the opening.
We are all very excited and are looking forward to meeting His Grace during the opening ceremony.
We will then be discussing any final details that need attending to with Father Leonard , the Sisters at the orphanage and Mr Kalanda the building contractor.
Latest pictures –
Work is almost completed at the Kyasira Home of Hope.
Vital services such as water and electricity is being connected and the surrounding area made safe for the children.
We are very happy with how the work is progressing and it won’t be long before the orphanage is ready for the children.