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GAGA Project - Short Term Projects

Short Term Projects

GAGA’s short-term projects are often those where an immediate need has been identified and which, with a small investment, the situation can be markedly changed. GAGA’s short-projects maybe for the benefit of an individual, a family, another project or the wider community etc. 

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Christian Hope School, Kissy, Freetown, Sierra Leone - Completed

Christian Hope School, Free Town, Sierra Leonne

GAGA’s short-term projects are often those where an immediate need has been identified and which, with a small investment, the situation can be markedly changed. GAGA’s short-projects maybe for the benefit of an individual, a family, another project or the wider community etc.

 

In November 2005 our Trustee Alan visited Sierra Leone for 11 days as a Rotary volunteer for the Charity Mercy Ships. The Rotary volunteers were funding and helping build a Hostel at the Aberdeen West Africa Fistula Clinic on the outskirts of Freetown. Alan has returned to Sierra Leone a further 5 times, working on  Mercy Ships projects on his second and fourth trips, but he has also “branched out” and personally taken on 2 school projects in Freetown. 

 

On his first trip to Freetown, Alan and his Rotary colleagues visited Christian Hope Primary School. There were 280 children in the school, with an average of 40 per class. There was no running water or electricity. On his return to the UK Alan formed a “twinning” between his Bishop Carpenter primary school near Banbury and Christian Hope. 

 

In January 2007, his third trip, Alan gave a personal undertaking that he would fund the building of a 6 classroom extension at Christian Hope School. The majority of the work was completed by June 2009 and the extension was “officially opened” during Alan’s sixth trip. The finishing touches were undertaken after Alan’s return to the UK but he also agreed that he would pay to refurbish the original classrooms in need of re-painting and work to the ceilings and floors. This took place over the next few months and was completed in April 2010. 

Christian Hope is situated at the top of a hill and a great deal of groundwork was needed and, as the photographs show, there is an area underneath the classrooms that could be converted into a meeting room/assembly hall. Alan had a costing for this BUT decided that he wanted to hold off for a time and monitor events at the school and not just be regarded as a “money tap”   and he therefore looked for another project to focus on in the short term. 

On his trips to Sierra Leone, Alan, like all the other Rotary teams, is met at the airport by Pastor Mark from Lunghi who ensures that the Rotary teams get through the airport system and to their transfer point for the onward journey into Freetown with as little hassle as possible. Pastor Mark and Alan have become really good friends.

The children in the Calvary Community at Lunghi (near the International airport) were being taught in the church hall, which is used for many other things and is therefore not ideal, and after a meeting with Pastor Mark at the site Alan agreed to fund the building of the Calvary Community School at Lunghi. The work began in September 2009 and was completed in November 2010. In addition to four classrooms there is a small toilet block and electricity. 

Alan is in frequent contact with both schools and has been asked on a number of occasions about converting the basement at Christian Hope. Since the completion of the six-classroom extension, at the request of the local elders, secondary education has started at the school and there are currently 102 secondary age pupils attending classes. Recently two colleagues of Alan’s (one is a Head teacher) were in Sierra Leone and visited Christian Hope and reported back to Alan that the new buildings and the original classrooms were being well cared for and the Head teacher, who had never been to the school before, was very impressed by the standard of teaching.

As a result Alan decided to proceed with the conversion of the basement at the school at a cost of £4,175 (exchange rate as of 20th April) and is actively fundraising for this project, although Goodwill & Growth for Africa have agreed to underwrite the project, to enable work to commence in the hope that it can be completed before the onset of the rainy season.

The progress at the school is amazing – we have now sent £4,200, in 4 instalments, to the project and in just 10 weeks they have built all the walls, fitted the windows and doors, levelled the internal ground and laid the concrete floor. All that remains is to complete the external rendering, internal plastering and then painting of the entire building.

The cost of materials in Sierra Leone is linked to the fluctuating exchange rate and these costs have risen dramatically over the last 3 months – a bag of cement has increased by 11% over this period of time and therefore the final cost will be slightly higher than budgeted (typical builders!!). We are awaiting a final figure from Freetown and will hopefully soon have photographs of the completed project. 

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 Completed short-term projects...

Bwengu Projects Malawi - Completed November 2011

Bwengu Projects Malawi - Completed November 2011

We have just heard from Tony and Sue, Bwengu’s directors that the new home for the Takwonda Sewing group has been completed...

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Bwengu Projects: www.bwenguprojects.co.uk

Brechin House - Completed November 2010

Brechin House - Completed November 2010

This project, or the need, was identified two years ago when Irene and Cheryl, two of GAGA’s ambassadors, visited South Africa and toured a local valley...

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