As we move into 2021, coronavirus continues to challenge charities in their fundraising efforts. We are proud that we were able to meet our fundraising targets in 2020, thanks to online events. Our wonderful regular donors have also been amazing but we have missed the personal contact with them at live events such as our annual garden party and charity dinner and hope that these can be re-established later in the year. Until then, online fundraising will continue.
Christmas was a very happy time for the children at King Jesus Charity Home with lots of music and dancing. Schools are re-opening so life will get back to near normal and, thanks to the laptops, music keyboards and training shoes provided by the Ghanaian Children’s Trust, the children will be able to participate.fully in school activities and learning. Last year’s university graduates are now doing their National Service. We are extremely grateful to Ali fitness (High Heaton, Newcastle), Melrose Funeral Services (Seaton Delaval), Ray Fire Services (Wallsend), Q-Gen Renewable Heat (Wallsend) and Kofi Ababio & Sons (Accra, Ghana) for each donating £250 to support one of the 5 apprentices (3 electricians, 1 carpenter and 1 welder) about to complete their apprenticeship, so that they can pay their master and buy basic tools for their trade.
Our next project at King Jesus Charity Home is to repair the old and damaged plumbing, septic tank, toilets and washbasins. The estimated cost of this is £5,000. We are delighted that the Green Hall Foundation has donated £2000 towards the cost of this. Whilst not a glamorous project, it is essential that the children and staff have safe and hygienic facilities and our efforts to raise a further £3,000 continue.