Celebrations and New Buildings at Sky Is The Limit School

Celebrations and New Buildings at Sky Is The Limit School

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.”

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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.