2011 – A year of challenges!
A sincere ‘Thank you’ to all our Friends
Well, what a year it has been! This year has seen Friends having to rise to meet the challenge of providing Ray of Hope with a replacement school building, and then, in the early summer having to adjust to the departure of our partner charity in the work (Hope for Children), taking on their responsibility for paying staff wages. Now we own a school building and are the sole major funding resource for Ray of Hope! Stepping into these greater responsibilities would not have been possible but for the generosity of our Friends, and on behalf of Emily – Project Director – and all the staff at Ray of Hope, as well as the children and families, we say a heart-felt ‘Thank you!’
So, we end this year grateful for the support we have received, not only to meet this year’s challenges, but with sufficient funds to enter 2012 with confidence. So generous has been the support, that we can even consider what else we might be able to do in 2012 in addition to our current commitments. We consider it a key strength of Ray of Hope that it is run by local people for local people and that the vision and drive comes from Emily and her team, and is not imposed or driven from outside. This being so, we look to Emily and take her lead as to what Friends should be funding if the money is available. At Emily’s request we will be providing funds in the New Year to enable the four teachers to receive further training – this will take place over the next two years and will result in each teacher attaining the next level of qualification up to degree level. It is also planned to expand the feeding programme into the Easter and summer holidays, an anomaly that has caused concern since we started feeding the children at school.
So to all existing friends, again we give our thanks for your on-going support. To any potential new friends reading this, we would say that if you are looking for a small project to support where every penny of your money is used for the benefit of some of Kampala’s poorest children and their families, then supporting Ray of Hope through Friends is for you. Steve & Liz Jennings.