HAPPY NEW YEAR to all Little Stars supporters.
As we come to the end of 2014 we can all look back over the year with pride. It has been a difficult year with the deteriorating situation in Egypt and the growing demands on Little Stars. At the beginning of the year we were unsure that we would be able to continue working in Egypt but despite the problems 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 continued 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. Sadly our outgoings are well in excess of our income and we are drawing on our reserves every month to meet our costs but we can keep going for another year and hopefully during that time things will improve.
We are moving into 2015 and the end of the eighth 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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