As you all know by now, I have written it often enough, these are exciting times for Forever Friends of Uganda. However, I also have to admit that they have been difficult times. As transparency is important to us, it would be wrong to try to hide the problems we have been facing.
For 12 years, our British supporters did not have the recognition that their goodwill and generosity merited. During that period everything was done under the auspices of our French partners at Les Amis d’Ouganda. But as we grew, it became useful and then necessary to separate the two arms of our support for DreamScheme Uganda.
That is where things began to prove difficult even though we understood the importance of doing such a thing.
For circumstances totally outside our control, we had to move to a new British bank and that in itself created uncertainty for a much longer period than we should ideally have wished. Nevertheless, by the end of last year we were back on course after that setback.
Then we became victims of our own success. The original idea had been to set up as a Small Charity. It is a pleasure to report that, with your support, our income in the last financial year far outstripped the limits of that form of organisation and we had to face the far more rigorous registration obligations that go with such progress.
The great thing is that we now have in place a small body of dedicated trustees in UK who are working tirelessly for our good cause. With their help, we are well on the way to getting the administration side of things sorted out, so that we shall be able to look positively to the future.
We need to do so. Our aim is to get our Ugandan colleagues to the level where they can become totally self-sufficient. Quite simply – our intention is to do ourselves out of a job. However, we have to be realistic and understand that there is a long way to go before that objective can be realised.
We are optimistic that we shall get there in the long-term, but in the meantime we need your continuing support and to try to expand our sources of income to reach that end. The children whom we support have nothing. First and foremost our desire is to give these boys and girls a childhood worthy of the name and after that to give them a meaningful chance in life that without our support would be far less likely. Please help us to help them.
We promise to continue to keep you informed about the work and the progress that is being made. Beyond that ….. if you have any suggestions or thoughts about anything to do with the country or about the children in need whom we are here to support, please tell us. We want Forever Friends of Uganda to be your charity, your good cause, as much as ours.