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 - November - 2011

An excellent weekend in Leamington

An excellent weekend in Leamington

GAGA spent the weekend of the 26th & 27th November - at a Craft Fair organised by Save the Children, Leamington. It was a great success and this year the fair was opened by ‘Argus Filch’ the caretaker form Harry Potter. All the crafts we sold were made by Zulu women from projects connected to GAGA in South Africa. In total we raised £450 from craft sales. It also means we can buy more crafts from the women and help to generate an income through Trade rather than Aid.

Beavers - bring and buy

Beavers - bring and buy

2nd Evesham Bengeworth Beaver Scouts, held a special bring and buy sale in aid of GAGA on 28th November 2011. Each Beaver Scout bought an old toy to sell on to fellow Beaver Scouts. In total they raised £75. This will be allocated according to the Beaver Scouts’ wishes - considering the age of the Beaver Scouts they should really be praised for being so outward looking and helping those in other countries.

Seeing things clearly - Thank you GAGA

Seeing things clearly - Thank you GAGA

On our recent trip to South Africa, we were asked by our friends Zimele UK to take some reading glasses for the women they support. A lot of the ladies are crafters and depends on their sight, without which they would lose their income. You can’t just pop in to supersavers in South Africa. We got the glasses from a pound shop, they cost between £1.00 and £2.00 and they simply change lives and save livelihoods.

Read the letter we got from Zimele UK about the impact the glasses made;

Thank you GAGA

Zimele catch up

Zimele catch up

Today we had a catch up visit with Rosetta from Zimele. She popped into Marriage Hill Farm for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, before she made her way to the airport. It was great to catch up with her and find out how Zimele are doing.

www.zimelecommunity.org

NGO meeting – South African High Commission, London

NGO meeting – South African High Commission, London

Today Charlie visited the SA High Commission, London; to attend a special NGO meeting. The meeting draws lots of different organisations based in the UK together, which are working in South Africa. Being in such a forum allows an exchange of ideas and is hugely beneficial. The idea is to establish a special network (SA-UK Trust) of organisations to support them in their work in South Africa.

Zulu books for Zulu children

Zulu books for Zulu children

Working with Lekelela Printing Press, GAGA has been buying Zulu literature for primary school children. There is massive gap in Zulu medium literature for young children and this is having a big effect on the children’s ability, to understand their own mother tongue. Lekelela Printing Press is a project which hopes to change this worrying trend and is one of GAGA’s newest partners in South Africa.

Unbelievable Kindness

Unbelievable Kindness

Yesterday I was told of a donation to GAGA by a 7 year old boy. He had decided that for his Birthday instead of presents we wanted the money to donate to us. He raised £65. We are all bowled over in the office that such a young boy can be so altruistic.

£100 from todays collection

£100 from todays collection

Ann and Charlie braved the elements on today, to run a collection outside of Budgens, Bidford on Avon. In total they raised £100 and spread the GAGA message to all the shoppers. A very BIG thank you to Budgens.

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