Firstly, for those of you reading from the UK or across the world, welcome back to work! Now the last remnants of the turkey (or nut roast) have been used in sandwiches, and the tree recycled for wood pulp, it’s time to turn our thoughts to what 2012 holds in store.
It’s much the same here in Uganda. Although some staff may be taking an extended holiday to enjoy the stunning landscape of Uganda, SALVE is back up and running today. The drop in centre; community education projects; children coming home from their families: SALVE is go! Which makes this an ideal opportunity to share some of our plans for the next year. Just before Christmas we held our Annual General Meeting and, working together, set some challenging objectives for the next 12 months. The last year has been really great for SALVE. We’ve gone from running one fledgling community education project to three; and instead of holding street clinics on the roadside we now have our very own drop in centre.
Here are just a few of the things we hope to achieve next year:
Objective 1: To buy our own land that we can build and grow on over the years. A permanent base and home for our work. We currently have 1/3 of the money saved (£6000) and with your help believe we can raise the other £12,000!
Objective 2: To have profile information of 200 + children living on the streets in the Jinja district and take 40 of them for home tracing over the next year, so that they are either able to resettle with their relatives or come to our S.A.L.V.E. rehabilitation centre and reenter education.
Objective 3: To increase the level of leadership and responsiblity that is being taken in S.A.L.V.E. by the older children and our community project members, so that S.A.L.V.E. is continuing to improve to answer the needs of those it is trying to benifit because they are the ones in the driving seat.
Over to you…
As always we can only achieve all this with the great support we get from all of you; from the supportive words that keep us going, to spreading the word about our work, buying our beautiful jewellery, to helping out financially or fundraising, or even giving us your valuable time and skills.
So if your New Year’s resolutions include running a marathon, or swimming the Nile (from the comfort of your local pool), get in touch to find out how you can help SALVE raise money. In the last year people got really creative; from shaving their head to wearing all spots and we are excited to see what amazing ideas you might come up with next! If you’ve got any other great fundraising ideas let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait for all the great things that 2012 will bring, and hope you have a wonderful year too.