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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 - December - 2013

Merry Christmas from GAGA UK

Merry Christmas from GAGA UK

We are closing today for the Christmas holidays.

What a great year 2013 has been, with new trustees, fabulous fund raisers. The total for The Remembering Tree is now over £5,200 and with the fabulous projects and work we have achieved in South Africa, Sierra Leone and Tanzania there is a lit to be thankful for. Although there is always more to be done, we are confident that as GAGA goes from strength to strength we can help even more people in new and innovative ways helping those individuals master their own futures. Thank you for your support. 

We are now closed from December 20th December to 6th January 

Primary School Project in Tanzania

Primary School Project in Tanzania

KYGN (Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need) was founded by Annamariah Kanondo in 2006 after visiting the Mabogoni area of Kilimanjaro and being struck by the conditions in which young children, in particular girls, were living. In a country where 94% of children attend primary school, Annamariah saw that many children in Mabogini had no access to education at all. The severe poverty in the area had also led to children facing extreme neglect, abandonment, physical and sexual abuse.                                    

Six years on, KYGN provides pre-primary education as well as sponsorship of 200 children to attend the local primary school in Mabogini. KYGN also acts as a social service in the area providing medication, routine visits to at-risk families and even rehabilitation of children in the most extreme cases.

KYGN are part way through building a primary school which will allow them to provide high quality education for the most desperately in need children in the area. Although over 90% of children attend primary school in Tanzania only 5% complete Secondary School. A major reason for this is that secondary school is taught entirely in English, while primary school is in Swahili. The children in government schools are expected to go from one to two hour English lessons per day to full immersion into the English language upon entering secondary school where all subjects are taught in English. Only those children from families with higher incomes can hope to complete secondary school.

KYGNs goal is to enable children in this poor rural community to complete primary education and prepare them for secondary education. This they do with a team of trained and experienced teachers who are able to provide an education in English. They also engage the community through home visits and education on child development, HIV/AIDS and general health issues.

Their aim is to be a fully self-sustainable organisation providing education and welfare services for the children of Mabogini. They plan to do this by charging for education depending on the families’ income (using four fee bands, in addition to continuing with their child sponsorship programme). The school is also affiliated with two local businesses that both contribute a portion of their income to KYGN.

GAGA have agreed to donate £1500 to KYGN to help fund the construction of two further classrooms, and thereby helping KYGN complete Phase One of the project. A further £1500 will cover the salary of a community worker for one year.

Apart from the Director, Annamariah Kanondo and the Assistant Project Manager, Michelle Tarimo, the only paid staff are the teachers and a cook. A community worker, will take on some of the vital liaison work between school children and their families to make sure that issues  (medical, social, risks) are identified and followed up routinely.  This vital individual casework takes up much of Anna and Michelle’s time currently and  in the next year both of them will have to increase the time spent on managing the school and on widening their fundraising activities – including increasing the income generated from the two existing social enterprise businesses, Big Horn Tours and Hostel KIli.

We at GAGA are looking forward to our collaboration with KYGN. Our trustee, Marissa Alvarez Wolke, will be visiting KYGN in the summer of 2014 and will be able to update on its progress. We are also working closely with Mandi Barrie of KYGN UK to ensure that the school is a success.

 

Long Road to Freedom

Long Road to Freedom

Six month ago GAGA funded the repair of a vehicle for Sithembakuye. We had an initial inspection on the vehicle and we funded its repair. We worked with Rotary Club of Inchanga - A 1000 Hills, South Africa on this project and we were very grateful for their ‘on the ground support’. Once the works commenced it became evident further repairs were needed and we asked Rotary Club of Inchanga - A 1000 Hills to help source additional funds as well as tasking Sithembakuye with the same mission. That assistance came forward and the vehicle was delivered to Russell at Sithembakuye on Saturday. This is the first vehicle they have ever had and it offers them the freedom to manage the project in ways which have not always been possible previously. 

Read the thank you letter 

Viva, Nelson Mandela

Viva, Nelson Mandela

GAGA was saddened to learn of the death of Mr Mandela. His life and his life’s work culminated in the freedom of not only black south Africans, but also white South Africans. His commitments to reconciliation and peace are an example of the power of forgiveness and love over that of hate and bitterness. We mourn the loss but celebrate his life and we are glad he is at peace. South Africa may have many more hurdles to overcome but at least that can now be done in a land where equality is recognised and the colour of your skin is now no more important than the car you drive. 

St John’s Priory, Banbury cake sale

St John’s Priory, Banbury cake sale

Last Friday the school held a cake sale to support Ithembalihle (St John’s Orphanage) in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa which raised an amazing £136.

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 continued support which takes the fundraising total this academic year to £529 and since their first involvement in September 2010 to £3,461

St John’s Priory, Banbury “making a real difference” at Ithembalihle.

Miri at Le Spa

Miri at Le Spa

We want to thank Miri from Miri at Le Spa in Temple Grafton for making GAGA UK her preferred charity this Christmas. Miri has let all her regular clients know about us through her November newsletter, and she has displayed The Remembering Tree leaflets at the clinic since we began our campaign in September.  At her annual Christmas party for her clients on 28th November Miri kindly donated a lovely raffle prize of champagne and beauty products and gave all the proceeds from the raffle - £73 - to GAGA. Thank you to Miri and her clients for supporting GAGA this year.

The Rememebering Tree, 2013. Bancroft Gardens, Stratford upon Avon

The Rememebering Tree, 2013. Bancroft Gardens, Stratford upon Avon

Well, what a wonderful day, yesterday was.The Remebering Tree, 2013.We started decorating the tree at 4am and only finished at 11am. A very speacil thanks must go to everyone for all their help and support, but those who helped decoarte the tree get an extra thumbs up.It was not easy but the results left us all speechelss. You can still celebratte loved ones and be a part of this unique project just follow the link 'The Remembering Tree' in the top left ccorner of this page.

 

 

 

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