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Dear Advantage Africa supporter,

As one of Advantage Africa’s founding trustees, I was very excited to join its small staff earlier this year as a Programme Manager. Building on my experience of in­ternational development and disability, I now support our partner organisations in Kenya to establish and run units for disabled children within primary schools and to care for people affected by HIV & AIDS.

This year, with free flights kindly provided by British Airways, I have visited all these projects, as well as the nursery and primary school at Bajjo in Uganda profiled in the enclosed newsletter. I’ve spent time with our inspirational partners, including school teachers, church pastors and community members, to encourage and sup­port them in their life-changing work. And I’ve been amazed by their achievements, in the face of extraordinary challenges, in improving many people’s lives.

This newsletter highlights the importance of education in our work and what’s needed to ensure the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to learn, play and reach their potential. As well as describing the successes and challenges of the school at Bajjo, we highlight how Advantage Africa’s mission fits in with global goals for education and our urgent need for funds to complete a special unit for disabled children in Thinu, Kenya.

We’re so grateful for the regular support that many of you receiving this letter al­ready provide to Advantage Africa. Please help us and our partners continue to provide opportunities for girls and boys, women and men living in poverty in places like Bajjo and Thinu using the response form overleaf.

With our thanks and best wishes,

Rob Aley, Programme Manager

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