WELL done Barnstaple! That is the message from a local charity that has this month seen a four-year project take another gigantic stride towards reality, thanks to the town s astonishing fund-raising efforts. In November, Amigos launched an appeal to rais

WELL done Barnstaple! That is the message from a local charity that has this month seen a four-year project take another gigantic stride towards reality, thanks to the town's astonishing fund-raising efforts.In November, Amigos launched an appeal to raise enough money to build a classroom at Kira Farm in Uganda, an agricultural college being built to give African orphans an opportunity to foster a life for themselves and their community.The town responded magnificently, and in conjunction with Barnstaple Town Centre Management, raised more than £7,500. This week, only two months after "Amigos Month" culminated in the spectacular Christmas lights switch-on by singer Joss Stone, the charity is on the verge of opening the classroom and welcoming the first students.Amigos' co-ordinator Phil Pugsley said that the school would very soon be in the position to run a series of six-week chicken farming courses for adults, before welcoming in the first intake of children at the start of the school year in January 2009."We are absolutely delighted by the support for our local charity during Amigos Month," he said. "The money that we received has made a huge difference and the first classroom at Kira Farm is well on the way to being built. "Barnstaple and the whole of North Devon can be rightly proud that some of the poorest people on the planet will soon be able to learn crucial agricultural and life skills to help lift themselves out of poverty."As part of an on-going phased building process that began in February 2005, people in North Devon have already helped pay for the headmaster's house, one student bungalow and six chicken sheds with natural light and ventilation.The charity's fund-raising efforts will continue this year to ensure that Kira Farm is completed. Amigos now needs to raise the money to build a guard house, clinic, three more student bungalows and two classrooms.