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.
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.
Kyasira Home of Hope is a Ugandan orphanage located off the Entebbe Road between Kampala and Entebbe. It caters for destitute street children with about 45 living there at present. All welfare, and most health and education in Uganda is provided by religious and faith groups on a charitable basis. Kyasira Home of Hope is run by 4 Religious Sisters from the Order of the Good Samaritan, whose mission is to care for the most needy. They refer to the children as their ‘sons’ and ‘daughters’ and provide a loving environment for them.