Hopeful the majority of you will be blissfully unaware that in order to help balance the Association’s books I have been voluntarily on unpaid leave for a number of weeks (as I was in closing months of 2015/16). As an Army Reserve officer I have been able to fill the personal gap by joining a number of major regular army exercises both here in the UK and abroad. Whilst away by the miracle of the world-wide web and WiFi I have been able maintain a near normal service for the Association; even producing a number of advanced invoices at short notice for members from a tent somewhere in Northern Kenya. Thank you all, whether aware of it or not, for your forbearance.
Two points to note: on return from Kenya I’ve done the first draft of the end of year accounts based on actual income and spend and I am confident that have almost certainly achieved break even as intended. Meanwhile I have been able to confirm that various lobbying paper, response and comments submitted from afar have lodged with their various intended targets, so from both an internal and external prospective my notional absence has had minimal impact on our organisation’s effectiveness.
The “holiday” pictures below have a wider purpose beyond their,” look at me value”. Whilst in Kenya I visited a number of charitable projects supported by the British Army. One the Samana Transitional Home for Street Kids Nanyuki is in desperate need of small-scale routine funding support and/or major project support to help it relocate to improve and grow its services to deprived and abandoned children. Has anyone got contact with any overseas educational, welfare type charitable interests or any links with any commercial organisations that might see some corporate social responsibility linkage with street kids in Norther Kenya, essentially encouraged to abandon education, to beg from passing tourist in order to feed themselves and often their younger siblings? If so please let me know.