Destiny Children’s Past AGMs and Achievements

Annual General Meeting 2015

AGM 2015  

Committee members - AGM 2015

Destiny Children’s fifth AGM was held on 12th June 2015 at the Amuse Cafe, Macclesfield. Another busy but successful year;  the charity has been able to cover the running costs of Destiny Garden School, Mombasa, and also enabled a number of improvements to be made at the School. A presentation detailing some of the events that have taken place both in the UK and in Mombasa was shown – please see AGM 2015 Destiny Children 

Achievements during the year 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 include:-

  • The sponsorship programme has steadily grown and is the Charity’s principal source of regular income. Each sponsor commits to donating £10 per month per child. The number of children sponsored increased from 240 in April 2014 to 260 in March 2015, despite the loss of 15 equivalent sponsors.
  • Many successful fund raising events were organised during the year. The three main events were a Ceilidh, a Quiz Night and a ‘Bollywood’ event, which between them raised £2,850. A number of smaller events also raised funds, including a Bridge Drive and a Coffee Morning.
  • A number of smaller initiatives such as collecting clothing for recycling, selling second hand books, easyfundraising and the ‘Gifts That Make A Difference’ initiative have raised much needed funds.
  • During the year the charity received a number of donations from sponsors and supporters, amounting to £14,080.       This money has been used to help improve the facilities at the school and cover the shortfall in the running costs.
  • Supporters and sponsors have provided services free of charge, including supporting the charity’s accounting system, examining the charity’s accounts, developing the websites, and advising on grant applications.
  • The charity has established a good relationship with a local school which has adopted DGS as its overseas charity, and which has held fund raising events during the year, and made collections at its Easter and Christmas church services.
  • Another grant of £800 from the Martyn Donaldson Music Trust enabled DGS to employ a part time music teacher during the year, and provided the children with music, dance and drama lessons.
  • Several policies and procedures were reviewed during the year, including the Partnership Agreement between Destiny Garden School and Destiny Children Charity which has been updated and re-signed by both parties.

Annual General Meeting 2014

AGM 2014

AGM2014

The Charity’s fourth AGM was held on 6th June 2014 at the Amuse Cafe, Macclesfield. The charity has had another busy but successful year. The chair thanked all the Trustees, committee members, sponsors and supporters for their donations and fund-raising activities during the year, and detailed some of the events that had taken place. The charity has been able to cover the running costs of Destiny Garden School, Mombasa, and has also made a number of improvements at the School.

During the year we have welcomed new members to the committee: Colin Cliffe, Viki Lee, Jonathan Lea and Jane Nugent.

Achievements during the year 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 include:-  

  • The sponsorship programme has steadily grown and is the Charity’s principal source of regular income.  Each sponsor commits to donating £10 per month per child.  Sponsor numbers increased from 224 in April 2013 to 240 in March 2014, despite the loss of 30 equivalent sponsors previously supported by a London company.
  • Many successful fund raising events were organised during the year.  The two main events were a Christmas Black Tie Ball with a live 9 piece band, and a ‘Bollywood’ event, which between them raised over £7,000. A number of smaller events also raised funds, including a dinner party and a coffee morning.
  • The charity’s supporters have also raised funds in a number of ways and these include five sponsored events: a swim, 2 marathons and 2 walks, all of which raised over £2,500.
  • A number of smaller initiatives such as collecting clothing for recycling, easyfundraising and the ‘alternative gifts’ scheme have raised much needed funds.
  • Committee members and two sponsors donated funds to enable DGS to purchase a plot of land adjacent to the school.  This is to be developed as a small farm, with the aim of helping to feed the children.
  • During the year the charity received a number of donations from sponsors and supporters, amounting to nearly £5,000.  This money has been used to help to complete classrooms 7 and 8, to improve the toilet facilities, and to provide a running water system at DGS.
  • Supporters and sponsors have provided services free of charge, including supporting and developing the charity’s accounting system, examining the charity’s accounts, redesigning the charity’s logo, helping with the development of the websites, and advising on grant applications.
  • The charity has established a good relationship with a local school which has adopted DGS as its overseas charity, and which has held fund raising events during the year, and made collections at its Easter and Christmas Church services.
  • A grant of £10,000 was received from the Allan & Nesta Ferguson Trust for the construction of the final two classrooms for the class 7 and 8 students.  This grant was matched with funds raised by and donated to Destiny Children.   These two classrooms have a partitioning door which can be opened up to form a large examination hall, assembly room, parents’ meeting room, etc.
  • A grant of £800 from the Martyn Donaldson Music Trust has enabled DGS to employ a part time music teacher during the year, and provided the children with music, dance and drama lessons.
  • Several policies and procedures have been reviewed during the year, and the Child Protection Policy has been revised; introducing one for the charity and another for the school.
  • The charity has been successful in recruiting a new Treasurer, Colin Cliffe, who will take over from David Ward at the AGM, and a new Minutes Secretary has joined the team.
  • PR and Marketing experts have designed a new logo and mission statement for the charity and one has joined the committee to help with its marketing strategy.

Annual General Meeting 2013

AGM 2013 

AGM2013

The Charity’s third AGM was held on 17th May 2013 at the Black Swan, Lower Withington. The charity has had a busy but successful year and our thanks go to the Trustees, committee members, sponsors and supporters for their donations and fund-raising activities during the year.

Achievements during the year 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 include:-

  • The sponsorship programme, which has steadily grown and is the Charity’s principal source of regular income.  Each sponsor commits to donating £10 per month per child.  Sponsor numbers increased from 156 in March 2012 to 224 in March 2013.
  • Many successful fund raising events were organised during the year.  The 2 main events were a Christmas dinner dance with a live 9 piece band, and a ‘Bollywood’ event, both of which raised over £3,000. A number of smaller events included a pub music night, a pub meal, a ‘paperback’ party, a quiz night, a coffee morning and stands at local schools’ and guides’ fares.
  • The charity’s supporters have raised funds in a number of ways and these include a sponsored climb of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, and collecting clothing for recycling.
  • A supporter of the charity donated software which provides Destiny Children with a robust accounting system.  She helped to implement this and provided training and support for it.
  • The charity’s independent examiner for the last three years has provided his services free of charge, thus releasing more funds for DGS.
  • Establishing a good relationship with a local School which has adopted DGS as its overseas charity and which has held fund raising events during the year.
  • The ‘alternative gifts’ scheme continues to be developed, providing many donations particularly at Christmas time.  This scheme encourages people to give a gift to their friends and family in the form of stationery materials, or fruit for the children’s lunch, or even chickens and goats for the school ‘farm’.
  • A grant of £5,000 from the Marr-Munning Trust enabled Solar Panels to be installed. The school now has electricity in one of the classrooms, providing lighting, fans and the use of computers. In addition it powers security lighting for the compound and a pump to fill the top tank with water for the toilet block.
  • During the reporting year donations from the charity’s supporters have enabled the building of classrooms 7 and 8 to be completed to roof level, and improvements to be made to the kitchen.   Donations have also been received to improve the toilets, paint the classrooms and provide other facilities, including new teachers’ annual report cards.
  • Committee members’ donations enabled DGS to enter the 2012 Kenyan Music Festival competitions. This paid for the costumes and music tuition, together with a traditional drum set for the school.
  • A large donation from one of the charity’s Trustees enabled DGS to buy land between the Kindergarten block and the Primary School which joined the two sections together and enhanced security.
  • Several new policies have been put in place during the year, including a revised Child Protection Policy.

 

Annual General Meeting 2012


AGM 2012

 AGM2012

This was the charity’s second AGM and took place at Sutton Hall on 27th April 2012. Another successful year!

Achievements during the year 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 include:-

  • Securing more sponsors for the pupils at Destiny Garden School; the numbers have increased steadily during this period and from 98 children sponsored to 156. Sponsors donate £10.00 per month per child.
  • Many successful fund raising events where organised,  which include a coffee morning a ladieslunch, a stand at a school fare, a wine tasting evening, a music pub evening and a very successful Christmas dinner dance with a live 9 piece band where over £3,800 was raised.
  • The ‘alternative gifts’ scheme has been developed, providing many donations particularly at Christmas time.  This scheme encourages people to give a gift to the school instead of giving ‘useless’ presents to friends and family. The gifts have included goats, stationery materials and oranges for the children.
  • Visits to the Destiny Garden School by members of the Committee and representatives, at their own expense, have taken place.   Reports can be found on the DC Website.
  • Establishing a good relationship with the Kings Junior Division School who adopted DGS as their overseas charity and held fund raising events during the year.
  • A grant of £5,000  was obtained from the Marr-Munning Trust’s ‘Joan Honour Tribute Fund’ to enable Solar Panels to be installed.
  • During the reporting year donations have enabled a new classrooms to be completed.  A new Kitchen has been built from funds raised by one of the Charity’s sponsors in Germany.  Donations have been received to improve the toilets and other facilities.

Chairperson’s report on her visit to DGS Feb 2012

Judy with Masikah getting a child's profie and photos.

Judy Roper, Chairperson of Destiny Children, visited Destiny Garden School for 3 weeks during February 2012. Her principal job whilst there was to update the Charity’s records and the School Business Plan, and also to review the information of all the 300 children now at the school in connection with the sponsorship programme.

Judy says “The visit was hard work but very rewarding.  It was great to see all the children again and they are so appreciative of all the school does for them.  The staff are dedicated and work well together as a team.

The school continues to develop but still has some way to go.  Jacob, the School Director, works hard to ensure the school’s success and is very well respected by the people in the local community. Victor, the School Manager who joined us in June last year, has been a great help to the Charity. He helped take the photos of all the children and update their profiles for the sponsorship programme.”

Annual General Meeting 2010

AGM 2010 

AGM2010

Destiny Children’s first Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 17th November 2010 at the Roper’s home, and their successful year was celebrated with a cake baked by Kathy!

Achievements during the first 16 months  23 November 2009 to 31 March 2011 include:-

  • Becoming registered with HMRC and qualifying for Gift Aid  and, in August 2010, becoming a UK registered charity with the Charities Commission
  • Destiny Children’s constitution was put in place and revised in August 2010 on the Charities Commission’s recommendations. Many policies and procedures have been completed during this period and these include – Procedures for Transferring Funds to Mombasa;  The Expenses Form and Procedures; The Charities Reserve Policy; Backup Procedures for the Charities Records;   Confidentiality of Records.
  • Two informative websites were built for both the Charity and Destiny Garden School, from which several enquiries have been received resulting in 10 children being sponsored, and 3 UK volunteers visiting DGS.
  • Securing sponsorship for the pupils at Destiny Garden School; the numbers have increased steadily during this period and on 31 March there were 100 children sponsored. Sponsorship is the charity’s principal income, each sponsor committing themselves to donating £10.00 per month per child.
  • Many successful fund raising events where organised; these include a Book Sale, a Car Boot Sale, a Concert with the Poynton Male Voice Choir, a Coffee Morning at the Gawsworth Methodist Hall, and a Dinner Party to raise funds for First Aid Training at DGS.  Committee member, Kathy, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro!! The Christmas Dinner Dance at the Town Hall led by Elizabeth proved to be a very successful event raising over £2,000.
  • A wonderful Christmas CD, composed by Alison Lea and sung by the children at Kings School, raising much needed funds for a new classroom 5 and developing links between the 2 schools.
  • The ‘alternative gifts’ scheme was put in place, providing many donations particularly at Christmas time.  This scheme encourages people to give a gift to the school instead of giving ‘useless’ presents to friends and family. The gifts have included goats, stationery materials and oranges for the children.
  • Visits to the Destiny Garden School by members of the Committee and representatives, at their own expense.  Kathy in October 2009 and December 2010, Secretary, Val and Nadine in April 2010, Jane Ainslie in November 2010, Judy in February 2011.  Their reports can be found on the DC Website.
  • Presentations to various organizations have been made raising the charities profile in the local community.  These include the Rotary Club, a local School, the Salvation Army and NWR.
  • Establishing a good relationship with the Kings Junior Division School who adopted DGS as their overseas charity.  The children all wrote letters to the DGS children which committee member Val took over and supervised the replies.
  • The school helped with our ‘Pencil Case Project’ which provided all 200 children with a personalised pencil case each and a box of stationery for each of the teachers.  This project was initiated following Nadine’s visit to DGS where she was very aware of the children’s lack of writing materials; only one child had a pencil case. These were sent in a shipping container generously supplied by Jane Ainslie.
  • Two grants were obtained, one from the MDMT to enable the DGS choirs to enter the nationals of the Kenyan Musical Festival, and the other from the KTCT to build classroom 6.
  • Destiny Garden School has grown from strength to strength, and it now has much more appropriate facilities.  New classrooms were built enabling the School to vacate the unsuitable rented accommodation, an office/storage block and library/staff room built.  The kitchen and toilets improved.