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.
This summer Adrian was able to visit Uganda with his family to check on the work being done for the new school.
The ABC Trust are so pleased to be able to announce that the building is almost complete and the school is scheduled to be up and running in February with twice the number of children we initially planned!
I set off to Uganda with four kids in tow to open our new school. We knew that it wasn’t fully ready to be occupied but were excited to see the building and understand what finishing touches might be required.
On arrival we met the builder and saw his staff painting the classrooms, I was delighted with the building, it is a large first class school building in Ugandan terms. I did identify that no kitchen facilities had been provided so we are likely to be called on to complete things with a kitchen and internal furniture, desks etc. However I’m sure you would agree that the pictures testify to the fact that we’ve successfully delivered a school alongside our orphanage.
With regards to the orphanage I was delighted to see another matching building when we visited, an American priest had seen our work and raised the funds to double its capacity providing an entirely new dormitory, so our original building houses the boys and the new one the girls!
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.
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!