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

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February 2018

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.

SIMON KEMP GOSPEL CONCERT POSTPONED

SIMON KEMP GOSPEL CONCERT POSTPONED

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.

Join us for a Gospel Concert...

Join us for a Gospel Concert...

Join us this Sunday at the Crawford Hall in Bidford on Avon for Simon Kemp's Gospel Choir. There'll be wine and mince pies available, plus a raffle with the chance to win a flight over Warwickshire with Take Flight Aviation.

Doors open at 6.30pm and the show begins at 7pm. Call Sarah on 07801 256 842 for tickets, or pop in to Bidford Hardware

November 2017

The Remembering Tree is back...

The Remembering Tree is back...

...almost!

Can you believe it's that time of year again? This Sunday we will be out in Stratford covering up a tree with it's winter blanket.

You can remember or celebrate a loved one by clicking here.

Your dedicated name will be printed on a board next to the colourful tree and a list of names available on our website towards the end of December. You will also receive a card with your dedication.

If you're in town on Sunday, head towards the river and you'll be sure to see us. Come and say hello.

Celebration, remembrance and charity are three things synonymous with Christmas. Join us in celebrating all the colours of life. Find out more here.

Fundraiser Hana hits £2,000 target

Fundraiser Hana hits £2,000 target

Take Flight Aviation's Hana Smiddy set herself a £2,000 fundraising target back in June. She's now raised this to £2,500 due to her fundraising success!

She will be joining GAGA's Sarah in South Africa in March, visiting First Step Right and other projects that we support there. Prior to her visit, she wanted to raise funds to support our work.

Last week, she smashed her target after a successful Wine Tasting Evening with Seven Springs wine which raised almost £500 alone.

Hana has also taken on the Windemere 21 Kayaking Challenge, and more recently the Wolf Run with her husband Simon, as well as GAGA friend Alan and GAGA's Sarah.

Throughout December, she'll be wearing a different Christmas jumper each day to help raise further funds for GAGA UK.

Huge thanks to Hana and all those who have supported her this far. She has already helped to make a huge difference!

Show your support here.

Boy of 10 assisted by 1000 Hills

Boy of 10 assisted by 1000 Hills

We're so proud that we're able to continue supporting 1000 Hills Community Helpers and their Clinic.

We send quarterly funding, made possible only through your donations and support, which helps run their clinic. Thousands of individuals are supported throughout the year, from the neighbouring rural communities. They would otherwise, have to travel far and spend much more time and money to access medical support.

Recently a small boy of just 10 years old visited the clinic. He was alone, and had a bloody hand covered by a dirty cloth. He had been diggining in a pile of rubbish when he injured himself. He lived at home with his grandmother, but she had been out when the incident occured. The boy said that he knew if he came to the community centre, someone would be able to help him as he had come many times for food after school. His would was washed and cleaned, and he was given a tetanus jab.

He was taken home and left in the care of nearby neighbours. The young boy returned until the sutures were removed.

The clinic not only provided him with medical help but also a place of comfort and care, knowing that at any time help was available.

You are saving lives

You are saving lives

'Your work is saving lives and I wish God can bless you with more facilities to accept more people.'

These are the words from Thabani, a patient at Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust's Respite Unit. We were able to sponsor one bed this year, thanks to your support, and help people like Thabani access treatment, love and care.

You can read more about the difference you've helped to make, from the team who helped Thabani improve his health in the HACT annual report. Click here.

If you would like to donate to support HACT, simply click here and reference HACT.

Thank you.