Auction of promises to help African children get an education
08:00 29 May 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
An impoverished African village has a children’s home, library, clinic and clean water supply thanks to a generous Norfolk couple.
And with the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Ligusa Crossroads charity, set up by the couple, an auction of promises will be held this Saturday at Bure Valley School in Aylsham at 7 for 7.30pm.
The fundraiser, led by charity auctioneer Martin Fox, has more than 50 lots. It will raise money to pay for boarding school fees for youngsters supported by the cause.
Ligusa Crossroads was founded in 2005 by Eileen and Richard Fisher, 67 and 63, from New Road, Reepham, after visiting Kandaria in Kenya where the charity operates.
Mrs Fisher, managing director of Norwich-based electronics company Diatron Assembly Systems, said: “I saw children living in the bush begging for food and starving to death. Middle generations of families had been wiped out by Aids.
“That broke my heart. I phoned my husband and said we need to build a children’s home.
“If I had known how big it would get I would have run away. People have been amazingly generous.”
Supporters include Colby Primary School, the Aylsham Emmanuel Church where Mr and Mrs Fisher worship, and Norfolk residents who sponsor children in the village.
The trip came about after Mrs Fisher employed Erick Ananga, from Kandaria, part time at her company in 2002.
At the time Mr Ananga had finished one year of his politics and economics degree at the University of East Anglia (UEA) but could not afford to pay for the last two years.
Mrs Fisher and her husband, managing director of Richmond Electronic Services, sponsored him to finish the course.
His mother, Wilfrida, 68, a retired teacher, visited Mr and Mrs Fisher in 2004 when he graduated.
“Wilfrida said to me, ‘I have been brave enough to see you. Will you be brave enough to see where I live?’” Mrs Fisher added.
The children’s home currently cares for 44 children aged between five and 14 - the majority of whom have no surviving relatives.
Mrs Fisher said: “They are so happy. They have got an opportunity for life to move on.
“Most of them would not be alive if it was not for the home. The charity is never off my mind.”
Since 2005 a library and clinic, which includes a childbirth unit, have also been built for Kandaria.
Money raised for Ligusa Crossroads has paid for a clean water supply, 21 start up businesses and regular food parcels for the village, among other achievements.
It will cost £5 to take part in the auction and to register an interest or find out more about the charity email Mrs Fisher on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively visit http://ligusa.org.uk
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