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 - October - 2013

Ithembalihle Pre-School Building Project

Ithembalihle Pre-School Building Project

Our intrepid, self-funded volunteers are at it again. This time they are on their way to South Africa to build a new school for the thriving, sprawling but unfortunately cramped Ithembalihle Pre-School. We are delighted that we will be teaming up withSpirit of Africa; a small, like minded organisation from the North of the UK on this project and that nine of our wonderful volunteers will be building the new school along with a local builder and his workforce.

They left  today and work commences on Monday 28th October.
You can follow their progress here, via their blog, as well as what our Director, Charlie, will be getting up too whilst he is RSA.

Blog - pre-schooltrip2013.blogspot.co.uk 

Our first press release for ‘The Remembering Tree’

Our first press release for ‘The Remembering Tree’

We had a recent three page spread in the Warwickshire Focus, sharing the story behind Yarn bombing Stratford upon Avon and 'The Remembering Tree'. It is a great insight and gives some stories of those who will directly benefit from this campaign. So here it is. Enjoy 

Warwickshire Focus Article 

BIG BREAKFAST

BIG BREAKFAST

On Saturday 5th October, The Alauna Rotary Club of Alcester held a 'Big Breakfast' in Bidford Village Hall, providing an amazing breakfast for £5.  A proportion of the proceeds will be awarded to GAGA for our work in Africa, and to HFT (Home Farm Trust). Helpers' ages ranged between 3 yrs and 79.

All those attending thoroughly enjoyed the event and we took the opportunity to promote  'The Remembering Tree' project, which received a great deal of attention.

Thank you Alcester Alauna

Latest news from Sierra Leone

Latest news from Sierra Leone

Catch up on the latest news from Sierra Leonne, with these newsletter, from our trustee, Alan Wolstencroft. You can also follow Alan on Twitter @AlansAfrica 

September News - Sierra Leone

October News - Sierra Leone 

The Remembering Tree at the Stratford Business Show

The Remembering Tree at the Stratford Business Show

On the 4th October two of our trustees, Ann Smith and Marissa Wolke, participated in the Stratford Business Show at the Stratford Leisure Centre. This was made possible by the generosity of the founder and owner, Jonathan Smith, who let us have a table at no cost to GAGA, so that we could promote our fundraising event, The Remembering Tree. It was a great opportunity for us to make contacts with some of the 80 exhibitors from the local area. This week we are busy following up on those contacts so that our fundraising event ‘The Remembering Tree’ is a memorable event for the Stratford area and a successful fundraiser and awareness builder for GAGA.

St John’s Priory, Banbury continues support of Ithembalihle

St John’s Priory, Banbury continues support of Ithembalihle

The pupils, staff and parents at St John’s Priory in Banbury have pledged to once again support Ithembalihle (St John’s Orphanage) during the academic year 2013 - 2014.

A number of fundraising initiatives have taken place since the school first began supporting the project in September 2010 and during this time they raised a total of £2,932

For the fourth year the school held an “alternative Harvest Festival appeal” where the children are each given an envelope to decorate in the harvest theme and are encouraged to enclose a donation towards Ithembalihle.

A GAGA Trustee recently attended the Harvest Festival assembly and after giving a presentation about the project received envelopes containing a total of £388. 

On behalf of GAGA and everyone at Ithembalihle we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the pupils, parents and staff for their donations which takes the fundraising total to £3,320  and for their continued support in helping us to “make a real difference”. 

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