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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

News Archive - January - 2016

And they're back...

And they're back...

The new school year began just a couple of weeks ago in South Africa, and already the children are having a great year at First Step Right School. 144 children are now attending the school. Gael and the staff did some great problem solving/space saving, getting new benches and tables installed to make sure the school can accommodate the increase in numbers.

We're looking forward to an exciting year at First Step Right. We hope to get a new classroom or two at the school so that the creche children can have their own space for play and learning. 

If you'd like to help the school and GAGA to creat more space there, improving the quality of education for almost 150 children, simply click here to donate. Alternatively, get in touch to find out how you can support us in other ways.

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We love the Scots!

We love the Scots!

Our wonderful ambassadors Cheryl and Irene, from Brechin, Scotland have once again held an incredibly successful Gilbert and Sullivan evening to raise funds for GAGA. 

We were delighted to receive a cheque for £789.63 raised from the evening, held in the Burns House, St Andrews. From this year and last year alone, they have raied pence short of £1500 for GAGA. We are so grateful for their support. GAGA could not have the impact we do without the help of wonderful people like Irene and Cheryl. 

This event has been held over the last few years, and each time it is a roaring success. It is organised in conjunction with the Gillbert and Sullivan Choir of St Andrews Universtiy. A huge thank you to everyone involved!

gilbert and sullivan night 

Give as you Live

Give as you Live

We are now signed up to Give as you Live meaning YOU can help US and it costs nothing. 

Shop the last of the January sales or get through the January blues with a bit of retail therapy or booking your summer holiday. 

You will be helping to make a difference at the same time!

Your online shopping can raise a free donation for GAGA UK - and it costs you or us absolutely nothing. 

Simply click here to get started. 

Sign up today and every time you shop through Give as you Live you can earn a percentage of your purchase for GAGA UK. You can shop with Amazon, Tesco, eBay, Sainsbury's, John Lewis, iTunes, and so many other names. 

Poultry Training in South Africa

Poultry Training in South Africa

It's great to get some updates from the farming programme in Mtubatuba run by Zimele. Last year GAGA once again, provided funding towards infrastructure and training for small-scale farmers in rural South Africa. 

Towards thhe end of 2015, a group attended a week long course at theKZN Poultry Institute. Facilitators from the Institute as well as members of the Zimele Agricultural team, have since visited everyone who attended the training and those who bought chickens to start a business. Bheki, from Zimele, has been checking up on conditions and farming methods that the trainees have put in to practice. 

During the training, women were taught to use what they have in the initial stages before developing too much infrastructure. 

St John's Priory, Banbury - Harvest Festival

St John's Priory, Banbury - Harvest Festival

Once again towards the end of 2015, the pupils t St John's Priory in Banbury were all given an envelope. They were asked to decorate it in the 'Harvest' theme and to make a donation to St John's Orphanage, Ithembalihle. 

The total within the beautifully decorated envelopes came to £288.63. 

On behalf of GAGA and everyone at Ithembalihle, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all the pupils, parents and staff for their continued support which takes the fundraising total since their first involved in September 2010, to £5,783.53. Fantastic! 

Alan's Latest News

Alan's Latest News

Alan's latest newsletter on his work in Sierra Leone is full of wonderful news. 

Take a read by clicking here

Alan has raised funds towards a two classroom block at the Good News Pentecostal Community School. The local Pastor sent a message of thanks: 'Last year at this time Sierra Leone was going through a dark period in its history and we were struggling to survive. We want to acknowledge and thank you and your partners for supporting the school project and therefore providing us all with hope for a better future.'

Read more about the daughter of a Reading Rotarian visiting Sierra Leone, see pictures of the progress of the buidling work and hear from Liverpool Community School. 

For your diaries...

For your diaries...

We're happy to announce that our annual Meerkat Race Night will be back!

Get the 19th March in your diaries and get in touch for tickets. 

The Race Night is a wonderful night of fun and laughter. We race Meerkats (*ferrets), there'll be food and a raffle too. The event this year, will be held in the Crawford Hall, Bidford on Avon. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Latest News

Latest News

Did you miss our latest newsletter?

Click here to read the December GAGA Newsletter and find out what's been going on over the past few months.

If you want to sign up to our newsletter, simply click here.  

Alan has also released his latest news on Sierra Leone projects. Click here to find out more. 

 

Happy 2016!

Happy 2016!

A very Happy New Year to all of our fantastic supporters. Thank you for continuing to help us make a difference in Africa. We hope you have a fantastic 2016. 

If you're new to our website - thanks for visiting. Take a look at our past news strories, newsletters and around the website to find out more about the wonderful work we do. You can also like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter @weare_GAGAUK

We are looking forward to another busy year, continuing to support various projects in South Africa, Tanzania and Sierra Leone. We'll keep you posted and as ever, if you've any ideas or would like to help us out, just get in touch. You can email us or call us on 01789 414088. 

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