On the 29th May 2015, Little Stars will have been operating for eight years. All of our supporters can be proud of how they have improved the lives of so many people over those years. We are moving into our ninth year with the same enthusiasm and determination with which we started.
In January, because of the deteriorating situation in Egypt and its problems with human rights, we were unsure that we would be able to continue working there but despite these factors we have maintained all aspects of the centre in Luxor. We have also expanded our work in the UK and have given support to both individuals and to groups who assist disabled children.
The nursery school in Luxor now has 40 children in regular attendance and has four members of staff instructing and caring for them. The garden was completed during the summer and they are now able to play outside when it is not too hot. Playground items will be bought as soon as funds permit. The Training Centre continues to teach women and girls and the computer classes are now as popular as the sewing classes. The clinic still has two doctors a dentist and a nurse. Fortunately, the benefits of preventative dentistry are becoming more well-known and the dentist is kept very busy.
Circumstances dictated that we were not able to continue with the family sponsorship scheme during the year as we were unable to monitor visits to the villages and had to satisfy the authorities both in Egypt and in the UK that we were not funding terrorism of any kind. This was upsetting as many families were dependent upon us. Another blow was the retirement of our main fund raisers who had been with us almost from the beginning. This reduced our income by 75% and meant that we were no longer able to sustain the building programme that had seen such an improvement in the living conditions of many widows with children. For a time our outgoings were well in excess of our income but we are now in a stronger financial position and have been able to resume the provision of food parcels although families have to come to the clinic to collect them. We are able to keep working for at least another year and hopefully for much longer.
We are moving into our ninth year with hope and optimism for the future of Little Stars and for the future of the Egyptian people.
We could not have done any of this without your help.
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