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.
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.
Following the rapid progress on the building front the project remains on target for completion before Christmas this year. Adrian spoke to the Sisters about requirements for the orphanage once the building is completed , it was agreed that the Trust would make additional funds available for the fixtures and fittings such as Curtains, Beds, Bed linen, mosquito nets, new clothes for the children ,new shoes for the children ,a new TV and satellite dish, a new computer to facilitate communication and to provide a learning experience for the children.
Other requirements will be addressed on an ad hoc basis as the project nears completion.
We would like to repeat our thanks to Mr Kalanda and his team at Kwewayo Contractors for the rapid and efficient progress they continue to make.