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The UHUK committee members wish that this message finds you well in this joyful season!
With the end of 2015 near, it is a good time to review what was achieved by our small team of motivated volunteers this year.

January 11th, our 5th Annual Commemorative Service took place at the Wesley Chapel with Mr. Pillard, Charge d’ Affair, Lord Leslie Griffiths, the Chiswick Seventh Day Adventist Choir, 3 in Him, Holly Holden y Su Banda, Haitian drummer Dieudonne. Photos: http://uhuk.org/blog/2015/01/12/5th-annual-commemorative-service/

Our new website was released at the end of January, the French version is about to be published.

February, our Haiti liaison officers sent videos depicting the everyday life of the young students at the Ahadepa School, whether it is while studying or relaxing. Videos: http://uhuk.org/blog/2015/02/07/videos-of-the-ahadepa-school-pupils/

March, a volunteering campaign was launched to fill a number of strategic voluntary posts that are vacant (Secretary, Marketing Officer, Events Coordinator, IT Assistant, Grant Writers)  – http://uhuk.org/volunteer/

May 16th, our Haiti’s Flag Day 2015 took place at the Karibu education centre in Brixton to celebrate our vibrant culture. The public enjoyed performers, kids workshops, speeches and various presentations. Photos: http://uhuk.org/blog/2015/06/02/flag-day-2015-photos/

June, UHUK was pleased to announce that we finalised the purchase of a piece of land where we aim to build a 21st century school with proper sanitary facilities, canteen and appropriate classrooms. You can see the current pupils in great spirit despite the state of the current school in this video made for our flag day: http://uhuk.org/blog/2015/06/07/flag-day-2015-ahadepa-school-project/

July, a new PR officer joins UHUK, Elizabeth Stravoravdis is missions coordinator at NHCC (Notting Hill Community Church). You can read her introduction here: http://uhuk.org/blog/2015/06/29/welcome-elizabeth-our-new-marketing-officer/

August-November, this time has been dedicated to obtain three different quotes from contractors in Haiti which is a requirement of the Charity commission in the UK. Although it was a slow process, this was achieved at the end of November and we are in the process of taking a decision and adding final touches to the contract before launching our fundraising campaign (the following picture is one of the quotes and is shown solely as an example, it might not be the final choice).

November, our PR officer Elizabeth went to the Ahadepa school in Haiti to meet the students and the staff as well as the new purchased piece of land where we will build the new school.
She was amazed by the dedication of the school director and staff as well as the great spirit of the students.

The main concerns were:
– the learning conditions with the unbearable heat under the classroom tents and the lack of supplies such as shoes for some students. UHUK main priority is to build the new school and is discussing reliable ways to send school supplies and gift packages to students.
– the attendance of the school decreased by 30% due to the introduction of fees due to running expenses such as paying teacher’s salaries. UHUK decided to pay the school fees for 3months while preparing a sponsorship program.

December 7th, we launched a monthly after-work social event every first Monday of the month for all Haitians and friends of Haiti. A great chance to reconnect with members of the community while chilling out over drinks – http://uhuk.org/blog/events/uhuk-monthly-social-work/

December 12th, Come enjoy a coffee and a sweet treat at our “Cafe et Pain” Haitian brunch to support children’s education in Haiti with your gift this festive season. Bring a friend!
At the Lagos Corner, 209 Old Kent Road, SE1 5NA London, United Kingdom
https://www.facebook.com/events/1229278263768501/

2016 overview

2016 should be a decisive year for UHUK and the Ahadepa school, our main focus will be to start a fundraising campaign to build the school. Various projects and events will be launched including a crowdfunding campaign.
More details to come in our next newsletter in January.

In the mean time, you can save the dates for some of our next events happening in 2016:

Sunday January 10th, 2016 Commemorative Service at 3pm­-6pm.
Location: Notting Hill Community Church, W11 2ES London, United Kingdom
Ladbroke Station 10min walk from station.
https://www.facebook.com/events/153113135046797/

Friday February 19th, 2016 Dansathon fundraiser at 3pm-10pm
Location: Notting Hill Community Church, W11 2ES London, United Kingdom
Ladbroke Station 10min walk from station.
https://www.facebook.com/events/793138397464184/

Monthly Social After-work, every first Monday of the month.
Location: Can change so check our website and social media profiles.

We are still actively looking for volunteers so do not hesitate to contact us if you want to take part: http://uhuk.org/volunteer/
You can help us make a positive change in the lives of Haitian children by making donations here: http://uhuk.org/donate/

Thank you again for your support and participation over the past years, we are wishing you a very happy festive season!!!

Kind Regards & Mèsi Anpil,
UHUK

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