Liza, our CEO, tells us of her first trip to Sky Is The Limit
8th June, was one of the most moving days in my life. My first visit to Sky Is The Limit School included a Celebration of the three new classrooms, and kitchen and dining room, funded by individual donations and the Toy Trust. The day was filled with gratitude, with speeches by local dignitaries, and songs and poems from the children – all with a theme of building! “Oh buildings, what a treasure you are… a building helps us to study well, a building gives us room to stretch our legs…”
The message came clear that this building for Sky Is The Limit is the greatest gift these children could receive.
The Toy Trust Committee Chairman, Graham Canning wrote:
The Toy Trust is proud to be supporting Ecologia Youth Trust as one of our main beneficiaries in 2019. Ecologia’s vision to see young people empowered to realise their potential has inspired the Toy Trust to give our support this year and we are thrilled to be able to support the building of the ‘Sky Is The Limit’ school in Uganda, which we know will make a huge difference to lives of many children.”
The 360 children who attend Sky Is The Limit are there because they have been orphaned, abandoned, or live in extreme poverty. No child is refused attendance, even if their parents can’t pay school fees. The founder and director, Rose Kabasingusi, introduced her graduates, ‘the Fruits of Sky’, who she rescued as tiny children, who are now studying Medicine, Economics, Social Work, and Teaching. Each one spoke of their gratitude to Rose, mother to them all.
One of these is Paul, an inspiration. During the massacre in 2003, at the age of 10, he saw his family wiped out. He found his way to a Red Cross camp, where Rose, who was working as a nurse, saw this miserable little boy and took him into her family, with several other abandoned children and Rose’s 3 youngest children. After he completed Teachers Training College, he returned to teach at Sky and also manages the finances, the projects, and the children’s activities. He is Rose’s right hand. “Sometimes memories would come,” he told me, “and I would spend days crying, but in spite of that, I managed to get top marks in my final year at Secondary School. All thanks to Rose.
One way to repay her was to come back to work at Sky and also to help other children who are going through what I did. Having gone through that battle ground, I know I can always find a way.”