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 - December - 2016

Season's Greetings!

Season's Greetings!

Wishing all of our supporters a Very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!

Please click here to view our Christmas video, and be prepared to feel very warm and fuzzy!

The GAGA UK office will be closed from 20th December 2016, to 10th January 2017. Sarah will have limited access to emails, but will respond to you as soon as possible on her return.

Thank you for all your support throughout this year. We couldn't make a difference without you!

The Remembering Tree 2016

The Remembering Tree 2016

We are so happy with the success of The Remembering Tree 2016.

Thank you to all those who have celebrated or remembered a loved one. Click here to read more and download a list of all those who have been celebrated.

Christmas is a time for remembrance, celebration and charity and we are sure that the Remembering Tree involves all three. So far, over 180 people have been remembered and celebrated and over £2000 raised for GAGA UK. We will update you in the New Year with the final figure raised.

Thank you also, to those businesses and community groups or charities who have been involved this year, really helping to make this event something for the whole community (and beyond) to enjoy:

BDR Group, Citadel Risk, Sino Trading Ltd, Go Cotswolds, Adelphi Guesthouse, AJW Builders, Stratford Samaritans, the Chamford Society of Clifford Chambers, and Escape Arts (and many more!!)

We hope the Remembering Tree and our Woollen Winter Wonderland brings you hope, peace and joy this Christmas time.

If you have celebrated a loved one, you should also have received a card in the post showing your dedication. Get in touch if you did not get your card. 
There is a board close to the Remembering Tree showing all those who have been celebrated, as well as on a display board inside the Holy Trinity Church.

Christmas Beads!

Christmas Beads!

Over the festive period we've been busy selling items on behalf of GAGA UK.

We purchase items in South Africa (beaded animals, jewellery etc), mostly from Hillcrest AIDS Centre but also from others to help generate an income, and sell these on again in the UK. The profits made go back to GAGA UK to support our work in Africa. Various market events also help to generate awareness for our work.

This year we've been lucky to sell items at a coffee morning arranged by wonderful GAGA Supporter Lucy! Here we sold over £90 worth of items (and receieved a £90 donation from the proceeds of the coffee morning!). Thank you Lucy!

We have also been busy selling at Leamington Christmas market, with thanks to trustees Marissa and Ann for their support, and volunteer Vicky Robson.

Sarah headed up to the University of Leeds to meet with some of the volunteers from the school of Food Science and Nutrition who are getting ready for their self-funded visit to South Africa next year, where they'll see a variety of GAGA supported projects. Sarah also sold over £150 worth of items at the University's Christmas market.

Thanks to all involved - and if you're interested in taking a look at our stock, do let us know.

 

Tarantara Concert Success

Tarantara Concert Success

Huge thanks to all those who helped arrange our Tarantara Christmas concert, and to those who attended.

Tarantara performed a selection of Christmas songs, as well as other favourites, in St Swithins Church, Lower Quinton. There was a lovely Christmassy feel about as the tree was up, and mince pies and wine were served during the interval.

We raised over £350 for GAGA UK, which will go a long way to support our work in Africa.

With special thanks to: Judy and Robert Moore (and Sino Trading Ltd), Tarantara Choir, HK Stores in Lower Quinton, and Tesco, Stratford upon Avon.

It's FriYay!!

It's FriYay!!

Today's why we do what we do story is a story of success!!

We do what we do for moments like these when we get approval to go ahead with a fantastic project that we know will make a difference to the education of many ...
We have been trying to get new classrooms at FIRST STEP RIGHTSchool for some time now, so that the pre-school children can be in a separate building (which will give a number of benefits to the whole school). 
We hope building work on renovating this building will now begin next week, and be completed by the end of January in time for the children to return to school after the holidays. 
We will of course, keep you updated with our progress. 
We'll also be holding a crowd-funding campaign in the New Year, to help top up our fundraising pot for this project - we're almost there, but not quite.

Thanks everyone - we're so happy we can share this wonderful news with you, our wonderful supporters!

End of the year at FSR

End of the year at FSR

This week, the children at First Step Right school celebrated the end of the year.

They held a graduation ceremony for all the children going on to their next school, and all the pupils had a great day.

With special thanks to Frey's Abattoir who helped with the graduation day, making it a really special day for all the children.

We think this message left by some of the older children leaving school, for Gael (the project manager at FSR), shows just why their education is important and why continuing to support this school is important.

The message reads: 'Thank you Gael for teaching us this year. We are going to miss our school and Good Luck. Thank you Gael for the wonderful time. We love you'.

Well done to Gael and all the teachers at FSR for providing a great start in life for a wonderful group of children. You can see more photos from the graduation day, by visiting FSR's Facebook page (click here).

This would not be possible without your support and donations to GAGA, which help keep FSR going. Thank you.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

Today, the 1st December, marks World AIDS Day.

This is a day celebrated each year, and provides and opportunity for all of us, worldwide, to unite in the fight against HIV. Here at GAGA, we want to show our support for people living with HIV and also to commemorate those who have died.

We continue to support projects which help children and communities devastated by HIV/AIDS.

If you would like to help us continue in this fight, supporting our Remembering Tree helps raise funds for this cause.

You can celebrate or remember a loved one by clicking on The Remembering Tree above, or clicking here.

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