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


April 2018

From a volunteer's Perspective

From a volunteer's Perspective

"One thing that struck me was how several of the projects, such as HOLAH, Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust and the 1000 Hills Community Helpers project were started up by one or two individuals with a vision and desire to improve the lives of those in their community, and how these projects have grown into something so great and are making such a difference."

You can read more from volunteers Alison and Doreen by clicking here. They both visited South Africa with GAGA's Sarah this March, spending time at First Step Right and other projects that we support. They had both fundraised for the projects prior to their visit and so were able to buy various things that were needed as well as spending time and working hard on various projects.

Sandile's Story

Sandile's Story

Sarah recently visited Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust and their Respite Unit. For the past three years, thanks to your support, GAGA UK have been able to sponsor a bed in their 24 bed unit. We continue to be amazed by their work and the impact they have. 

Here is Sandile's Story, from Hillcrest AIDS Centre. 

'16 year-old Sandile is just one of the hundreds of thousands of children in South Africa who have not only lost their parent/s to HIV/AIDS, but are n ow fighting for their own lives too. Admitted last month, Sandile is currently being cared for in our Respite Unit. 

Born HIV positive, Sandile lost his mum when he was just six-years old. Two years later, he was diagnosed with HIV and initiated onto treatment. Sandile currently lives in Shongweni. Here, the situation at home is dire. The mud dwelling that he calls home is indequate and both Sandile's grandparents as well as his aunty who are his primary caregivers, are heavy drinkers. In the face of these trying circumstances, it is perhaps not surprising that last year, Sandile defaulted on his treatments and quickly became ill to the point that he had to drop out of school.'

Find out how Hillcrest AIDS Centre are working to support Sandile, and how your donations could help to make a difference in his life, and those of others in similar situations by clicking here.

March 2018

Heading to SA...

Heading to SA...

GAGA Director Sarah, will be flying off to South Africa on Sunday. She'll be visiting all the projects we support there including First Step Right, 1000 Hills Community Helpers, Hillcrest AIDS Centre as well as LETCEE, HOLAH, Ithembalihle and our Sangobeg Students. 

You can follow her trip on her blog by clicking here. Get in touch if you've any questions!

It's Fry Up Time again...

It's Fry Up Time again...

Join the Alcester Alauna Rotary Club on 17th March 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.

Over the past couple of years alone, Alcester Alauna Rotary have donated over £1000 to GAGA UK, thanks to these fundraising breakfasts! This money went a long way in supporting our First Step Right building project, as well as various other projects. Huge thanks to the club and all who attend these events!

February 2018

Tutu's Story

Tutu's Story

Here at GAGA, we want to turn lives around and that's something we're proud to say we were able to help Tutu with.

Thanks to the support of one of our major donors, as well as all our regular supporters, we were able to help Tutu through her university education. Due to the high costs of higher education in South Africa, she would not have been able to achieve her degree without assistance.

'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... After four years of hard work, I am now a qualified 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. 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 really thankful to GAGA and my sponsor. I don't know where I'd be in life if it wasn't for them... There are no words that could express how thankful I am.'

You can read more from Tutu and other students here.

Our support for 1000 Hills continues, with your help

Our support for 1000 Hills continues, with your help

This photo is from 1000 Hills Community Helpers.

GAGA UK provide funding to support their rural clinic, thanks to your donations.

1000 Hills have specific days at the clinic where the elderly can come for medical care as well as support in a whole variety of other ways. They can sit and chat with others, have a good meal, ask for advice, and feel loved and cared for.

The clinic also have a special baby day. Mums and babies can visit the clinic for advice on breastfeeding amongst other things. They get support from other new mums as well as the staff at the clinic. They can also receive a new baby pack full of useful bits and pieces.

Why is this all so important?

1000 Hills' vision is to improve the lives of HIV/AIDS affected children and adults in their local communities through treatment, clinics, feeding schemes, counselling, home-based care, creches and support groups. Part of their mission statement says 'we will love and teach our community that together we can make a difference.' We truly believe this here at GAGA too and we're proud to support their clinic. Your donations can help alleviate the suffering of the elderly and children in distress. A £5 donation could help 5 new mums access much needed support and care.

Together we can help to give hope where there is none. You can read more about 1000 Hills here.


Spread the Love this Valentines

Spread the Love this Valentines

It's your last chance this weekend to buy that perfect gift for a special someone, just in time for Valentines Day!

Shop gifts for her (Pandora, House of Fraser and more), and for him (Red Letter Days, Debenhams and more); or book a romantic getaway for you both at Expedia... and raise free donations for GAGA at the same time.

Love is free... spread the love this Valentines and make a difference to your special someone as well as helping to give children in Southern Africa a future to look forward to. 

Just click here to shop online at your favourite stores and make a difference whilst doing so! 

Thank you.

KYGN, Tanzania, gets excellent results!

KYGN, Tanzania, gets excellent results!

KYGN (a school in rural Tanzania), have recently received their Primary 4 results and they show just how successful the school is becoming.

KYGN came 4th out of 193 schools in Moshi, 66 out of 627 schools in the Kilimajaro region and 600th out of the 5123 schools (both state and private schools) in Tanzania.

Huge congratulations to everyone involved in KYGN's work. As KYGN UK say 'it just shows what can happen when children are given a fair chance. All of us, as donors and supporters, should feel a warm glow too!'

At the end of last year GAGA UK decided to assist KYGN with the building of a tilapia fish pond. Your donations could help KYGN raise their own funds and increase their sustainability.

Your donations can make a huge difference. We think it's such an exciting project and can't wait to keep you updated!

You can read a little more about the fishin project here.

January 2018

Haven't heard from us in a while?

Haven't heard from us in a while?

We're so grateful to have so many donors and supporters.

GAGA just wouldn't be GAGA without you.

If you haven't heard from us in a while, please let us know as it might be that we don't have  your contact details. Email Sarah on sarah@gaga-uk.org or give us a call on 01789 414088 to update us of your details and how you'd like to be contacted.

And don't forget, you can find out more and sign up to our newsletter by clicking here.

December 2017

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

A very Merry Christmas to all our wonderful supporters, donors, fundraisers, and projects alike.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas with your families, and all the best for 2018. With special thanks for all that you enable GAGA to achieve.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The GAGA office will now be closed until 9th January, whilst Sarah is on annual leave. You can still contact her on info@gaga-uk.org and she will get back to you on her return.

Friendship Bench

Friendship Bench

GAGA UK is pleased to announce that next year we will be supporting LETCEE in South Africa, to implement a Friendship Bench scheme in one of the communities where they are currently working to improve the well being and life for children.

The idea for the scheme came from a similar project in Zimbabwe, and is like Samaritans but in a rural context. The Friendship Bench will have a trained listener, who will be available to those who are struggling, including new and young mums as well as others in the community who may not have someone they feel they can talk to.

GAGA were successful in finding some funding from The Canning Trust towards this project, and the GAGA Board of Trustees have also decided to make an additional £500 contribution to ensure the project has every chance of success.

We will keep you updated throughout the year ahead and look forward to sharing with you how your support, and that of the Canning Trust, will help to make a difference in rural South Africa.

Fish Farming in Tanzania

Fish Farming in Tanzania

For the past few years we have supported KYGN, a school in rural Tanzania, through KYGN UK. They recently provided us with an update, after your donations helped to cover some of their running costs.

"The school continues to perform a vital service for the local children not only in terms of educational  provision but also medical and social care. On average KYGN has had some 200 children throughout the year and up to 30 staying in the safe house. The educational standards are high.  In January, we were delighted to get the results from the first cohort of KYGN children to take the Primary 4 examinations.  All did well and it was noticeable that attainment in English was high for all students.  This is vital if they are to be able to go on to secondary education."

We are pleased to announce continued support of KYGN. 2018 will see us support an exciting and innovative project.

"As the school has expanded, running costs are a constant concern and KYGN has made good inroads, encouraged and supported by GAGA, to develop new income streams.  One of the more successful is the first tilapia fishing pond which started to produce tilapia for the local market this year.  Annamariah Kanondo has now gained certification in aquaponics to licence  her to expand production.  Funding for the first project came from the KYGN Tz collective, a group of individuals who have agreed to work together to mutually support community projects."

The GAGA Board of Trustees have agreed to fund one fish pond. The eventual aim for the school will be to have six ponds; as the fish take six months to reach maturity, there will be a monthly income. We will definitely keep you updated of the progress at KYGN.

End of year fundraising...

End of year fundraising...

With thanks to all those who have been involved in our recent fundraising....

Last Thursday GAGA fundraiser Hana helped to organise a beadwork sale at Sintra Hair Plus at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford, with Janine. We sold £150 worth of our gorgeous Christmas and general beadwork.

On Sunday, the Simon Kemp Gospel choir performed in Bidford (free of charge!!), helping to raise almost £1,200 for GAGA! Over 80 people came to see the choir perform, and the band play!! What a success!! This amount could support First Step Right school for almost two months!! Alternatively, it could help to cover the costs of a bed at Hillcrest AIDS Centre's Respite Unit for almost 3 months.

Thank you to all those involved in the above events for their support in raising funds for GAGA.



Due to the weather we have decided to postpone the Simon Kemp concert this evening. We are so sorry for any inconvenience caused. The event will now take place on Sunday 17th December, same time, same place. (7pm, Crawford Hall, Bidford)

If you have purchased tickets, we will keep your tickets aside for you, if you could confirm if you’ll still be able to attend. (Call 01789 414088)


Again, so sorry for the inconvenience but thanks for your understanding and we hope to see you next week :)

Celebrate a Loved One Today...

Celebrate a Loved One Today...

The Remembering Tree is back in Stratford upon Avon, with thanks to all our volunteers, knitters as well as individual, business and community group sponsors.

Christmas is a time for celebration, remembrance and charity. Celebrate a loved one today by clicking here.

Don't forget to visit our Woollen Winter Wonderland at the Holy Trinity Church too.