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Another year has ended and the charity is a year older and has continued to build on past successes.
2010 to 2011 started with the initial fear that there would be a decrease in the income to the charity. This is reflected in the financial report that follows.
A number of projects and activities have been undertaken during the year. Most will be continued into 2011-2012. This year saw increased profit from our sustainable project based on local agriculture. The profit after allocating funds to re-work the same acreage was 38%. The project has been extended in the early part of 2011 and will be further extended next year. Other sustainable projects have been initiated during the year. Poultry projects were funded in both Kenya and Zimbabwe. They have had mixed success because of local market conditions in both cases.
The purchase of land for the Waymarks Education Centre was completed and purchase of an additional piece of land adjacent to the existing site. The generosity of the local MP in Moiís Bridge has meant that the cost of the land is a fraction of the price paid for the existing site. The school continued to grow to 176 children of which 94 are from the slum area and were previously excluded from formal education. The formal registration of the school as a nationally recognised primary school means that thin 2011 the grade 8 children will sit formal, nationally recognised examinations, and some financial support from the authorities continued until the end of 2010. Local grants to help the schools in the region were agreed and Waymarks Education Centre was one that was to benefit. Unfortunately the grant, worth 50% of the food and wages bill each month was withdrawn in January when the local government office discovered that the funds were no longer available. The reason for the loss was the embezzlement of the funds by local government officers in the Rift Valley region. While none of the charityís money was at risk, it did mean we have had to rethink our expenditure for the school year 2011. In late 2010 we completed the building of a further two classroom units at the Moiís Bridge school. In order to meet the schools wages and food commitments we have had to stop taking in any further children and suspend plans to build additional classroom accommodation. A number of other minor building projects including additional toilets have also been put on hold. It is hoped that in the coming year 2011-2012 that we will be able to move forward again on these plans. The additional income from the sustainable projects in Moiís Bridge have lessened the problem and funds were found to extend this early in 2011.
In March 2011, a series of emails has made us start to re-think our plans for the school in Moiís Bridge. The 4 acre slum site the school serve was demolished and the 94 children that attend the school were made homeless. Our partner and representative in the area has managed to secure some sort of accommodation through local people and local churches. We have been able to raise funds to provide blankets and mattresses for these children where needed and the funds were transferred before the end of the reporting year. It is too early to record the impact or our possible response in the coming year
During the year the project in Tanzania, being run by two enthusiastic young women, came to fruition and a kitchen was built. The charity worked with another registered charity, COCO, that was already working in the same area of Tanzania and they were able to oversee the work and ensure the funds were used as allocated.
Early in the year we were approached by a group of pupils from a school in Wakefield. They were undertaking a Business Enterprise Challenge as part of a competition. They formed a link with a Wakefield based clothing recycling company. The young people established a company Clothing for Closer Communities or C4CC which with the help of a local company is now a fully registered company. They have provided support for the work of the charity through recycling clothing collected at a number of schools in the Wakefield area and through involvement in other fund raising activities.
Some pictures from the year
Summary of the financial activity 2010-2011
Expenditure in schools in Zimbabwe £5496.59 (£3356.00)
Costs of generating voluntary income
Thank you for your support of our work in Africa. If you have any questions about our work check out the website and email us with any unanswered questions
Peter and Edwina Wrigley, Roger and Janine Dunster