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 - 2016

The Remembering Tree is back!

The Remembering Tree is back!

The Remembering Tree is back in Stratford upon Avon. 
A huge thank you to all those who volunteered their time to help create the Remembering Tree, and those who have supported us in the run up to the event. We're thrilled with how the tree looks and look forward to bringing you more photographs soon.

Thank you to all of those who have remembered someone special.

There is still time for you to do so!

Christmas is a time for celebration, remembrance and charity. Our Remembering Tree gives you the chance to remember or celebrate a loved one this winter, and has become a place to remember and reflect on all the colours of life.

One name represents one square on our tree, and all names will be placed on a board next to the tree, as well as in the Midweek paper the week before Christmas. You will also receive a catd to show the names you are celebrating.

Click here to read more or click here to remember a loved one.

Why we do what we do - Music Time!

Why we do what we do - Music Time!

Imagine, play, learn, repeat....

This video from First Step Right creche children really shows this in action and reflects the opportunities these children have at the school. Watch the video  by clicking here.

Using a variety of items, they are making music and moving and learning at the same time!

The teachers at FSR are clearly doing a fantastic job!

A little reminder on why play is so important (because as adults, we can tend to forget)...

'Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don't begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten.' (Robert L Ehrlich - with thanks to LETCEE for reminding us of this quotation!)

 

Why we do what we do - Helping Bheki

Why we do what we do - Helping Bheki

This year, with thanks to our regular donors, major donors and those who supported the Remembering Tree 2015, GAGA UK were able to sponsor a bed at the wonderful Hillcrest AIDS Centre.

They have shared a story from Bheki, who is currently staying at the centre and we think it just gives another reason as to why we want to continue to work hard to support those affected by HIV/AIDS as well as poverty.

Bheki has been at the HACT Repite Unit since June this year; he has started TB treatment and is also HIV positive, so is on ARV treatment. When he arrived at the centre though, many felt it was too late. 'I remember the night he arrived; he was gasping for air and I really did not think he would make it through the night. I thought to myself, this one, he is at the end now, it's too late', says the HACT's Respite Unit Counsellow Thami.

Bheki however, did make it through and 4 months later he is getting well. His recovery will be slow, but he is determined here to make it. Those at HACT make this journey easier. As Bheki tells us 'the people here are amazing. They are interested in you as a person not just as a patient. They ask you about your home and who will be there to help you. They have a lot of understanding and patience towards us - like helping you to put your shoes on, it's no problem to them!'

If you'd like to read Bheki's full story please click here.

If you'd like to support GAGA UK so we can continue to help people like Bheki, by supporting HACT and other projects, please click here to donate.

Why we do what we do - Children and Education

Why we do what we do - Children and Education

There are many reasons that GAGA continues to support children, communities and organisations in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa.

The need to support those affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty, helping people to make sustainable and meaningful changes in their lives, is apparent in both the statistics we see coming from South Africa and other countries showing high levels of poverty and disease, and also in the stories we hear from projects.

One way to make a huge difference is through education. Through education much can be achieved and slowly, changes can be made.

Akhona, a former pupil at First Step Right School came to visit the school this week. He wanted to show Gael and the other teachers his report - he is doing so well at his new school. We are really glad he had such a great start to his education at First Step Right School. He had opportunities that he may not have had at other schools, and is growing in to a wonderful boy.

Well done Akhona and all at FSR.


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