Trustees’ visit to Ray of Hope School

3 Apr

R of H Team

Eight of the ten members of the Ray of Hope team;  From top left to right – Headmaster James, Administrator Christine, Project Director Emily, Cook Mama Santa.  Bottom Left: Social worker Lydia, Teacher Lydia, Social worker Joanita, Teacher Harriet.  Missing from the picture is Teacher Lawrence and Mama’s assistant.

In February two of our trustees, Matthew Brearley & Sue Forward, together with Matthews wife Nicola and Sue’ Granddaughter Elly, visited the project and met up with the Ray of Hope team.  As the trustees always do, they observed every aspect of the project’s work that they could during the week, and spoke to the staff, children and parents to ensure that the services delivered to the community there was making best use of the funds raised by Friends… in the UK.  They found the Ray of Hope team, operating under Project Director Emily, was delivering in all respects.  The staff at Ray of Hope are more ‘family’ than working colleagues and this makes for a happy working environment.  The trustees were able to speak to Emily about communication concerns experienced in 2015 and agree a strategy to improve things.   The building work that was done throughout last year was inspected and found to have been done  satisfactorily.   Before our team returned home, the children at Ray of Hope School were treated by the trustees to a day out at the zoo – hard to believe that some of them have never seen a lion!

Emily made a video during the visit specifically thanking all friends of Ray of Hope in the UK for  their generous support , assuring them that their generosity  has made a great difference in many lives.  At some point we hope to get that video onto the website.

 

 

 

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