Kayleigh Searle from chartered accountants Francis Clark's Exeter office has set off for Uganda to spend a month helping a children's charity with its bookkeeping and income generation.
Exeter born, 26 year-old Kayleigh will be working at the Redeemers Children's Home in Moyo, Northern Uganda on an assignment arranged by the social enterprise, Accounting for International Development (AfID), an organisation offering experienced finance professionals the opportunity to use their skills as volunteers.
Kayleigh, who has just qualified as a chartered accountant, will be helping to train the charity's new accountant in bookkeeping techniques and financial software and will help identify the areas of income generation activities which are most beneficial.
Kayleigh said: "Redeemers has a farm to help provide food for the children and raise money from selling cash crops, a local shop, piggery and a beekeeping project. I am the fourth AfID volunteer and I'll be carrying on the work of my predecessors in tracking the profitability of different income-raising activities and advising them where to concentrate their energies.
"I will be working with the accounts team there every day, helping to train the staff and ensure adequate controls are in place and check that they are recording things accurately for accounting purposes. I will also be helping them to budget more efficiently and track how their money is being spent and where it is being generated from."
Francis Clark partner Glenn Nicol commented: "This is a wonderful venture that Kayleigh is undertaking and we are delighted to be supporting her especially as AfID has strong links with the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). Her contribution will be invaluable to the charity and I am sure she will find it immensely rewarding.
"Kayleigh is highly talented and wants to focus her career on accountancy for charities so volunteering in this way is a great opportunity for her to gain hands on experience as well as being something to cherish for the rest of her life."