The Dhaka Orphanage, inspiration of former British Airways Stewardess Pat Kerr and still supported by many of the airline’s staff, celebrates its tenth birthday on Saturday February 6.
Many of the original orphans - who now include a teacher, an international gymnast and an engineer - will join Pat, several Bangladeshi dignitaries and its 600 existing children at a special ceremony to mark the occasion.
“This project has given hope and a future to thousands of youngsters who would almost certainly have died if they had remained on the streets of Dhaka,” said Rob Jenkinson, British Airways Captain and Trustee of the project.
“Its future is by no means certain, though, with fuel and food prices soaring in the region since last year’s terrible floods. Our priority now is to step up our fundraising efforts and guarantee the future of the orphanage for the next ten years. “
The birthday will be marked by a special presentation from the children of the orphanage to the British Airways Non-Executive Director and Board Member, Baroness O’Cathain. The Baroness - who will be representing the airline and British Airways Chairman, Lord Marshall - will also plant a tree to commemorate the occasion.