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 Archive - January - 2012

Baby bunnies continue to grow

Baby bunnies continue to grow

The rabbit breeding programme is going from strength to strength after a rocky road. Now there are some five babies bunnies which are growing well and are forming the first part of the pilot scheme. The rabbit breeding programme has been developed by Kwa-Care and we have implemented it at Ithembalihle along with their help. The whole point of the project is to develop a sustainable food source.  

 For more information follow this link - Why Rabbits?  

School Uniforms at Ithembalihle

School Uniforms at Ithembalihle

Doesn’t sound like such a phenomena but in South Africa uniform can be the difference between an education or not. Many schools have strict policy and won’t allow children to attend without uniform or school shoes!! With the help of donors, GAGA has provided uniform and school fees which has allowed for each child at Ithembalihle to attend school this year.

Debbie Young – GAGA’s South African, Project Liaison said:

The children are absolutely thrilled with their uniforms and really proud.  The girls told me the teachers have complimented them on how they look because they are so smart, and they really are grinning from ear to ear when they talk about their uniforms.

Read Debbies latest Blog

Read Debbies latest Blog

Read Debbie latest blog. Follow the link - and find out what going on in South Africa, with GAGA projects.

Enjoy - Debbie Blog

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A "fresh start" to 2012 for our Trustee Alan

At midday on New Years Day our Trustee Alan "took the plunge" in the sea at Portreath (near Hayle in Cornwall) to raise funds for GAGA!!
 
There were several surfers in the water (in wetsuits of course), lots of dog walkers and members of the public strolling on the beach BUT Alan made quite a splash and turned a few heads (not in admiration) with his 2 dips in the water.
 
Alan said "I was really quite apprehensive as I am not a great sea swimmer even in the summer BUT it was for a good cause and actually it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be - in fact it was really invigorating". Thanks to Portreath Surf Live Saving Club for keeping an eye out for me and letting me have a hot shower afterwards.
 
I hope to have raised £150 and it could be more - most of my sponsors think I'm totally GAGA!!

St John's Priory, Banbury

St John's Priory, Banbury

Once again this year the staff at St John's Priory School decided that rather than send each other Christmas cards they would donate the cost of the cards to Ithembalihle which is the Schools nominated charity for the year. A total of £82.50 was raised and this money has gone towards providing the children at Ithembalihle with a Christmas gift each.
Many thanks to the staff for their continued support.

The 1st Grimsbury Scout Troop

The 1st Grimsbury Scout Troop

The 1st Grimsbury Scout Troop have for the last 3 years been supporting the work of our Trustee Alan with his school projects in Sierra Leone. This year they decided, after a presentation by Alan about his involvement with Ithembalihle, that they would like sponsor money from their 24 hour pedal car event, held in the summer, to go to this new cause. The picture shows Alan being presented with a cheque for £300 at the Scouts recent Christmas concert where Alan gave an update about the new dormitory at ithembalihle. Thank you to all the Scouts, leaders and their parents and sponsors for their support

Malawi Project Completed

Malawi Project Completed

We have just heard from Tony and Sue, Bwengu’s directors that the new home for the Takwonda Sewing group has been completed. Bwengu has been blighted by many difficulties in 2011 with the ongoing political situation in Malawi. With incredible inflation hikes, fuel costs going through the roof or no fuel at all. It’s a true testament to the charity the project has been finished. The project was fulfilled in November. Tony and Sue have recently come back from Malawi and have now sent us pictures of the completed building.

Tony wrote; “At last the building of this project has finely been completed. The external painting and pointing will be completed by end November. The ladies will begin to occupy their new centre and continue making uniforms for St Dominic’s – the new head teacher has commanded that pupils who do not wear uniform cannot sit their end of term exams. Good for business but…… Please don’t tell pupils in UK this or there’ll be a mass exodus…..!”

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