Our Mission

Generating growth for African children and communities devastated by HIV-AIDS and poverty, through the goodwill of people in the UK and elsewhere

News

May 2017

Philani's Story

Philani's Story

Dawn, founder and Director at 1000 Hills, has recently shared a story of hope coming from the centre. It reminds us how important the 1000 Hills Community Helpers Centre is...

Philani arrived at 1000 Hills over a month ago. He was severely malnourished and under-weight. Philani tragically lost both his parents who had been shot when he was only a few months old.

With no other family, a neighbour took him under her care. She brought his to the centre to visit the clinic. At the age of 2 years old he weighed just 6kg.

1000 Hills decided that they would care for him for the week so they could monitor his health. He is in Rosie's class, in the toddlers section at the school. Since he has been at the centre his health has improved drastically and his weight has increased to 9.1kg.

He absolutely loves his food and of course his wonderful teacher.

We're so grateful that 1000 Hills is working hard and supporting people within the surrounding communities. Each year we provide funding for their clinic, enabling them to continue supporting all ages have access to health care and support. Thanks to your support and donations, this funding can continue.

Baking a Difference

Baking a Difference

Last week, GAGA volunteer Vicki organised and hosted a fundraising coffee morning, in aid of GAGA. 
We all had a lovely morning, with cake as well as a raffle and African crafts on sale.

A staggering total of £313 was raised in just a couple of hours!! Huge thanks to Vicki - what an amazing total to reach.

£300 could help to pay for 300 clinic visits, helping people in rural South Africa access the health care they need.

The following day, Vicki sent the following message...

'I'm so pleased and very surprised that we made such an amazing amount of money! It was a real pleasure to do it for you, I really enjoyed the whole thing and am so happy it's going to such a good cause.'

Thanks again to Vicki, and Marissa for her assistance as well as all those who came along!

Why we do what we do - In Tutu's Words

Why we do what we do - In Tutu's Words

This week we want to once again, show case one of the amazing students who we sponsored through university (thanks to your support, and that of Sangobeg Development Ltd). We'll let Tutu share her story, and help her to tell you why we do what we do.

"I am one of the luckiest girls who had the opportunity to go to varsity to study and become something in this world because of GAGA.

I have always wanted to do something in the medical field because I enjoy working with people... and always wanted to give back to my community through something that's medical related.

After four years of hard work, I am now a qualifed Physiotherapist. Something I have always wished for but back then didn't seem possible due to certain circumstances but because of the support received from GAGA, it was possible.

In SA,  almost each semester there are strikes in Universities relating to Financial exclusion. Students get excluded because they are unable to pay university fee's. It is such a sad thing to witness but thanks to GAGA, my fees were always paid on time and I never had to face financial exclusion.

I am now employed by the Kwa-Zulu Natal department of Health  as a Junior Physiotherapist working at  a Tertiary Hospital in Durban. I am still hoping to get more deeper into the medical field and actually become a doctor, some day.

I am really really thankful to GAGA. I don't know where I'd be in life it it wasn't for them. Thank you for the commitment, the dedication, the passion that they have in helping this country (SA). It is truly appreciated. There are  no words that could express how thankful I am."

Adopt-a-Bed

Adopt-a-Bed

We're thrilled to be supporting Hillcrest AIDS Centre once again this year, sponsoring a bed in their much-needed Respite Unit.

Thank you to them for showcasing our support on their new Adopt-a-bed sign at the unit. You can see a variety of sponsors (and some free slots for sponsors). You can find out more about Hillcrest AIDS Centre and their Respite Unit here.

Wonder Woman Wendy

Wonder Woman Wendy

Thanks to your support, as well as that of generous donor Sangobeg we are currently assisting 9 students through various university and college courses. The expense of further education in South Africa can be too much for many students, who have a low household income, and large families to provide for. For Wendy, this was the case. She started studying in 2015 and managed to borrow enough to help her through the first semester, but this wasn't sustainable.

Wendy's mum Goodness, who teaches at First Step Right School, does what she can to support her family but the costs of university education were out of their reach. Goodness came to GAGA appealing for help, and luckily we were able to support Wendy.

Wendy was an exceptional school student, and did really well in her first semester. She is continuing to shine and we are so proud of her. She's studying Cost Accountancy. We're happy to give you a little update from Wendy on how her studies are going...

"Being a third year student is challenging and requires hardwork and commitment. I'm doing 5 modules this semester and guess what, I've been appointed as class representative. This is good for my CV but requires endless meetings. #leader

There is this subject in third year which everyone cries about. It's Management Accounting. On our first test I earned 91%, I was the highest and my lecturer bought me 2 slabs of chocolate. I didn't believe, I asked myself why me and another thought came to me, if not me then who, why not me. And I said quietly 'God you made me something out of 170 students.' "

Well done Wendy. We can see such great things in your future.

April 2017

Ensuring Children Access Healthcare

Ensuring Children Access Healthcare

Towards the end of the year in 2016, a 4 year old boy was carried in to the 1000 Hills Clinic, by his mother. He had been attacked by a bull, close to his home. His leg was severely wounded, he was in shock and pain, and was bleeding heaving.

The bleeding was stopped, and he was given some treatment for the pain. He was also given a tetanus shot. The wound was cleaned and the boy was sent home with his mum.

A week later the boy returned, with his mum, for a quick check  up. The boy's mother was so grateful that there was somewhere she could take her son. She said she didn't know what she would have done had the clinic not been here. She had no means of taking him anywhere else for help.

Menzi Graduates, but the work doesn't stop there

Menzi Graduates, but the work doesn't stop there

Thanks to Menzi Zulu, who has shared a photo from his graduation yesterday.

Yesterday Menzi graduated with his degree in Criminology and Industrial Psychology, after being supported by some wonderful people, throughout his education.

He has now decided to complete a further year of studies, taking on a Diploma in HR. This will boost his chances of finding employment. A major donor and supporter of GAGA UK (through the Sangobeg Scholarship programme) has agreed to sponsor Menzi through these further studies, and we look forward to seeing what the future has in store for him.

Menzi sent this message of thanks: 'I would love to extend my deepest gratitude for the support you have given throughout my tertiary journey. I am still fighting the good fight (education) and will somehow conquer the circumstances faced in the past. I am absolutely thankful for your generosity and continued support. May you be blessed and continue to shape young minds and mold the youth of Africa for better lives. Many thanks, Menzi.'

Well done Menzi!

The HOLAH Hop Shop's new shop

The HOLAH Hop Shop's new shop

Last year we brought the news to you that we would be supporting the opening of HOLAH's new charity shop, the HOP Shop. 
GAGA UK have supported HOLAH (House of Love and Hope), for a couple of years now and decided we wanted to help them out financially with this new project. The GAGA Board of Trustees decided to loan some money to HOLAH, to help set up this new business venture.

The profits from the shop are now helping to contribute towards the running costs of the baby home! (In addition, the money that HOLAH are paying back on their loan is going back in to other GAGA supported projects).

The HOP Shop sells a variety of donated items (which can't be used at the Baby Home), to the general public. They've been doing so well that they've recently had to move as they needed more space!! We love the look of their new shop which now also includes a coffee shop, helping to bring in more customers!

Great work HOLAH! Click here to go to the shop's Facebook page, and keep up to date with what's going on there.

March 2017

Good News from Tanzania

Good News from Tanzania

Today we want to tell you about a wonderful school in Tanzania...

KYGN UK are supporting 'Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need', a school in rural Tanzania.

250 children are given the chance of a good quality education at the school. KYGN also acts as a social service in the area, working with village Chairmen and local authorities to support at risk families. They also have a safe house, where 20-30 children can be offered a secure and safe home while a long term solution is found.

Most recently, they have begun to develop income generation projects through setting up an onion farm, a chicken farm and a fish farm. These will help to make the school more sustainable and we're excited to see what happens over the next few years.

We're proud to have been able to provide some funding to KYGN UK again last year, and hope it will help to make a difference for the children attending the school. We donated £1,800 to KYGN UK, and would not have been able to do so without your support.

KYGN UK are looking for corporate sponsors, and so if you're interested in sponsoring a class for just £1,200 a year you can find out more here, or get in touch.

 

Donate those shiny new £1 coins

Donate those shiny new £1 coins

To you, it’s just £1.

To some of the individuals we support it’s the difference between having lunch today, or accessing medical treatment.

Click here to donate that £1

Just £1 can pay for a meal for an elderly lady at a community centre in South Africa.

Grandmothers in South Africa are often heavily burdened by the care of their grandchildren and extended families because of deaths/illness and unemployment of their children. They often have no one to turn to and so a lunch club started, to give these ‘gogos’ a good meal and also the chance to relax and share their problems with each other.

Just £1 can pay for someone to be treated at 1000 Hills Community Helpers Clinic

1000 Hills Clinic serves a number of rural communities in South Africa, and provides hundreds each week with access to medical treatment. The clinic runs throughout the week, with a day specifically for the elderly, and another for children and babies; they also hold HIV/AIDS and TB support groups, and run general clinic days. Much emphasis is also placed on educating patients, especially regarding issues related to HIV/AIDS such as nutrition, hygiene, family planning etc

Just £1 can pay for a jar of baby food at a home for abandoned babies

Likhon iThemba is a home for 6 abandoned or orphaned babies in South Africa. They advocate for adoption, and work with social workers to ensure babies can be a part of a loving family as soon as possible. Sometimes that means they go to their own extended families, or they are adopted within South Africa or from overseas. High levels of unemployment and poverty, as well as disease, means that many children are abandoned or orphaned, and Likhon iThemba try to make sure this bad start in life doesn’t affect them in the future.

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What will yours do?

Simply click here to donate or call us on 01789 414088

 

Upcoming AGM

Upcoming AGM

We will be holding our AGM on Friday 24th March. This is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend. Please contact us if you would like to come along. Email Sarah on info@gaga-uk.org or call us on 01789 414 088

Thank you for your support

Baby time...

Baby time...

GAGA UK through your support, provides funding towards the clinic at 1000 Hills Community Helpers, along with many other funders. 
We are proud to be able to support 1000 Hills who run a clinic throughout the week with special days for babies and new mums, as well as for HIV/AIDS and TB support groups, for the elderly and general clinic days. They see hundreds of patients throughout a month, having a huge impact on the local community.

On site, there is also a baby room, and pre-school; a feeding programme and skills development opportunities. 
They do amazing work, and we would be unable to support their clinic without you! Thank you.

You can see more photos to put a smile on your face this Friday, by clicking here.

It's a good time for a fry up...

It's a good time for a fry up...

Join the Alcester Alauna Rotary Club this weekend for their March Big Breakfast, and help raise funds for GAGA UK at the same time.

Grab a full English breakfast for just £5 (or £7 if you're feeling extra hungry), at the Crawford Hall in Bidford between 9 and 12 this Saturday, 11th March.

Funds raised by the breakfast will be split between GAGA and other local causes.

Last year, Alcester Alauna Rotary donated £700 to GAGA UK, thanks to these fundraising breakfasts! This money went a long way in supporting our First Step Right building project. Huge thanks to the club and all who attended! (See below for more information on the FSR building work).

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

We can't thank you enough...

The classrooms at First Step Right are now in use and we wanted to share this short video, showing how you've helped to build a brighter future there.

Click here to watch the video

The classrooms will be dedicated to Richard Harrod, a former GAGA UK Trustee. Almost half of the money needed for this project was raised in his memory. What a legacy which will impact so many children. 
With special thanks also, to those who helped fund this project including the following:

  • Irene Gillies, one of our Scottish ambassadors and her fundraising efforts with Gilbert and Sullivan events
  • Those attending our Meerkat Race Night, 2016 and wine tasting evening 2015
  • Stratford upon Avon and Alcester Alauna Rotary Clubs
  • Marissa Alvarez and Ian Hodgson for Going Loopy
  • John and Eileen Proctor
  • Chameleon and Doreen Hodgson
  • Our wonderful Crowdfunder backers
  • and to all our ambasssadors, volunteers and regular donors of GAGA for your ongoing support.
  • Thanks also to Waldo and the team at Freys, and Martin and the building team.

 

This couldn't have happened without you!

Click here to watch the video.

February 2017

GAGA UK Annual Return, 2015/16

GAGA UK Annual Return, 2015/16

Our annual return has now been sent to the Charity Commission. You can view our accounts and trustees report for the financial year May 2015 to April 2016 by clicking here.

If you would like further information, do not hesitate to email us on sarah@gaga-uk.org