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Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and that the start of 2022 is going well for you. 

It's an exciting time at KAASO as schools are reopening on Monday! It's been great receiving updates from Dominic this week on the preparations underway for the students' return and we're excited to share these with you. 

Teachers, staff and students preparing for Monday!

This week, the teachers, staff and students have been attending workshops to talk through the huge anticipation of returning to school life, alongside any concerns they may have. It has been an incredibly difficult couple of years with some students being out of school since March 2020. So it was fantastic to hear those at KAASO and in the community are being given the support they need to start this new chapter. 
Top: Teacher and staff workshops
Bottom: Student workshops

The workshops were organised by KAASO and the District Administration. 

Funds raised for 115 beds so far!

We have been absolutely blown away by the success of the 'Buy a Bed for Christmas' campaign. So far, between our UK and New Zealand fundraising pages (the latter hosted by Emma Outteridge, the KAASO Volunteer Co-ordinator), we have raised enough to buy 115 beds from generous donations coming in from around the world. Thank you so much to all those who have contributed - you are incredible!
Beds ready to be painted
Dominic and Rose have loved seeing this fundraiser develop and, as always, have applied their ingenuity to the situation.

Dominic has commissioned Nakazzi Rose, a parent with two children at KAASO who has her own welding company, to make the beds. Nakazzi Rose’s team has set up a satellite workshop on-site at KAASO and has been busy fabricating the bunk beds, working around the clock to make this happen. They have so far made 24 beds and are busy putting together more each day. 
The children who have already arrived at KAASO in preparation for next week are so excited to see their new beds being made before their eyes.

Thank you again so much for all your donations. Your support means the world!

Beautiful wall murals by a local artist

In 2021, Unity is Strength was delighted to provide funds for KAASO to repair the perimeter wall of the school to keep everyone safe. It's wonderful to see how the wall has been decorated with murals by a local artist. Soon there will be more paintings in and around the school grounds of different academic topics. Watch this space!

Do you have any questions?

If there's anything you'd like to find out about KAASO or Unity is Strength, we'd be delighted to hear from you! Please feel free to get in touch with us with any questions, comments or feedback. 
We can't wait to get back in touch with you soon to let you know how the students, teachers and staff are getting on with the new school year. Until then, take care and stay safe. 

Best wishes,
Lizzie, Jane and Tom
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