Thanks to the talented video team at Canyon Crest Academy for their beautiful portrayal of Kimera Orphanage. They are helping us using their amazing talent and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Another special thanks to Joni for use of his backyard, i.e. filming location, Chris Tyner for opening her heart on Kimera, and Eddie of course for sharing his vision with us all.
Please share with friends and family!
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Building Plans – Coming Soon
We are excited to be working on finalizing building plans to share with you soon. So far Kimera has been able to register as both a nonprofit in the States and an NGO in Uganda, this was our first major success. From there we have also acquired a beautiful 6 acres of land in Mpigi, Uganda. The land borders a natural forest home to monkeys and fresh water drinking stream.
On our last trip to Uganda we started working with an architect to design Kimera’s first building! We are in the process of finalizing these plans and the cost of building. The building process for the entire campus will be broken down into multiple phases. Once these are outlined we are excited to be rolling out a Capital Campaign by the end of 2014 and early 2015. Stay Tuned!
Special Profile of Team Member: Zula!
If you read Katharine’s blog from her trip to Uganda you would have noticed a major theme: Zula! Zuliaka is a large part of our success so far, like most of our team. She is our Ugandan attorney and dedicated to the futures of all Kimera children.
If you are planning on a trip to Uganda – and we hope you are – you will be treated to the special cooking of Zula as well. She is famous for her chapatti’s (a pancake like crepe) which don’t last long around the Kimera team. She is also known for her great laugh and witty comments that keep even Eddie in check! Nothing gets past Zula, when we need paperwork or connections made in Uganda she is our go-to lady. Zula has been attending conferences and government appointments on behalf of Kimera for a couple years and will continue to represent Kimera when we are up and running.
Greetings Kimera Friends,
We are hard at work in Uganda. Our “First Family” of visitors had a great trip leaving us even more excited to share our progress with you as we have with them.
So far Kimera has acquired a beautiful 6 acres of land in the area of Mpigi, about an hour west of Kampala. The land is beautiful and soon it will be a busy construction site! Our blue prints are coming along and once approved by the local authority we will begin construction on the main building. Our hopes are to break ground by the end of this year with a substantial start on the framing. We will also need to fence in the property, hire a security guard to watch the materials, start on the outdoor kitchen, and most importantly our tennis courts!
Kimera trip – Catherine’s Blog
Day 1 – Friday July 25th – Arrival and Chicken Dinner
After a flight delay in Amsterdam which caused us to miss our connecting flight from Nairobi to Entebbe, we finally landed in Uganda at around 9:30 am-about 10 hours later than what was previously scheduled. When we stepped outside the airport we were happy to see Eddie greeting us as Rashid-our driver, came to pick us up (a local member of Kimera). Then we made our way towards Kampala; on the way to our hotel we stopped at a roadside market so that my mom could pick some fruits to buy which she liked, such as mangoes. When we got to our hotel, we greeted Rachel and met Zulaika (a local member of Kimera) before heading to our rooms and taking an all-afternoon nap. Then we almost ended up being forced to take cold showers since no hot water was appearing; however, we decided to first check with Rachel if there was any way to turn on warm water…And there was a switch outside the bathroom that needed to be turned on that allowed the water to be heated; Rachel said she had a couple of days of cold showers before finding out, so thank you Rachel!
After getting up we drove to an outdoor Ugandan “food court” near Wandegeya market. It contained numerous tiny restaurants with small eating areas next to a parking lot area. There, people cooked mainly chicken, and some fish, vegetables and chapati (similar to Indian naan). The food was great, and the chicken that I ate at night together with the vegetables was less-dry and had a more soothing flavor than the chicken in the U.S. Plus, everyone on the Kimera team treated us with hospitality so far, which had encouraged me to help out Kimera Orphanage’s goals.
Though the first day of Uganda wasn’t all that eventful, it contained some light that made it shine.
After visiting Uganda and the Kimera site along with meeting the rest of the Kimera team, we are so optimistic and excited to see Eddie’s vision being so close to reality. The Kimera site has so much potential to be a wonderful school and home to countless Ugandan children in need. After visiting some of the other schools and orphanages in Uganda, I also believe that we will be able to slowly help raise the standards in the country for orphanages so that other institutions will want to follow Kimera’s example. This can end up making an even greater impact than what we can do alone.
Tina & Ivan
Thank you to all those that supported online or in person and came out to support Kimera this weekend. We had a great turn out with over 65 people and raised just over $12,000! Donations are still coming in and it’s not too late to donate online or by leaving a check at the Lomas Santa Fe Club Tennis Shop. (www.stayclassy.org/tennisforkimera)
Thank you to all those that donated with raffle and silent auction items including: Mistral Soap, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, The Grand Del Mar Golf Club, Alexis K Salon, Rancho Valencia Resort, San Diego Film Festival, Eucalyptus Stoneware Collection, Suite B Salon, Pink Boutique, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Culture Brewing, Yoga80, Mia Francesca, North Coast Rep Theatre, Van De Vort, Waters Catering, Belly Up, Tony Jacals, and Fish Market. And a huge thank you to all our volunteer Pros and the Lomas Santa Fe Club Community – it would not have been possible without your support!