UK Charity Commission Registration Number 1120536
November was another busy and exciting month for Little Stars as it reached its first six months of operation. At the end of the month donations to the charity reached £8,034 and we set a target of reaching £10,000 by the end of the year, a sum which at the beginning we would have thought impossible to reach. So much can be done with your donations. Interim accounts show an excess of income over expenditure for the six months in the region of £5,000 as we build our funds and save for larger items. A full set of audited accounts will be lodged with the Charity Commission at the end of May.
Our school fees programme has continued throughout
the month and the fees of another seventy children have been paid in a
local Junior School which serves one of the poorest villages. This programme
is vital for health reasons as well as educational ones as children who
have not paid their school fees are not deemed to be in school and therefore
cannot benefit from free health care. Receipts are issued to every child
and an overall receipt issued to Little Stars.
The uphill task of renovating the west bank clinic also progressed this month with the purchase of wheelchairs and walking frames. Repairs are still not complete but the new hydrotherapy unit has been delivered much to the delight of Dr. Mohammed who is in charge of the centre. Dr. Mohammed is giving his advice on what needs to be done to improve the situation there. The clinic in Karnak Charity Hospital is now also totally supported by Little Stars and has much better equipment but we hope that soon both clinics will be of the same standard.
Dr Ahmed and Mr Hussein, the manager of Karnak Charity Society, have asked Little Stars to create a speech therapy clinic in a large empty room on their upper floor above the existing clinic. This would enhance the services offered which at present can only deal with children with walking difficulties. We are considering this and have asked for estimates of the cost to be prepared
.The main thrust of our efforts during November was the forging of links with local charitable associations. Co-operation between charities is vital if they are to work effectively and not cover the same ground. Excellent work is already being done in Luxor by many foreign organisations. Sunshine International runs a magnificent programme for the children in its care which now number more than sixty. Little Pyramid do a good job in assisting children who need surgery. ACE. AWOL and the Brook Clinic also do a magnificent job in caring for animals under difficult circumstances but assisting children is beyond their remit. Manacare has handed their Egyptian centres over to Little Stars for funding and management. From this there is an evident gap in foreign funding for assistance in general care, education and basic needs in the poorest of the villages. Local organisations do their best to cope with the demands upon them but are always short of funds. Little Stars is stepping in to fill some of that gap.
The Food Bank is an excellent charitable organisation
that provides food parcels at below cost for impoverished families. The
parcels are available to other charitable organisation for distribution.
You can find information about them on their website. www.EgyptianFoodBank.com
“Today, in the company of Aamer our interpreter,
I visited the West Bank of Luxor for a tour of the people who are in desperate
need of help, to even fend for the day. It was a valuable and traumatic
Your continuing support is vital if we are to help these people”.
Our team of volunteers in Luxor has also grown as ex-pat and local residents freely offer their help. Local businesses have also been magnificent in offering assistance. We still cannot thank our UK fund raisers for their unstinting efforts to raise money for the needy children of Luxor. Without such help we could do very little. Without your continued help we can do nothing.
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