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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 - 2017

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

A very Merry Christmas to all our wonderful supporters, donors, fundraisers, and projects alike.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas with your families, and all the best for 2018. With special thanks for all that you enable GAGA to achieve.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The GAGA office will now be closed until 9th January, whilst Sarah is on annual leave. You can still contact her on info@gaga-uk.org and she will get back to you on her return.

Friendship Bench

Friendship Bench

GAGA UK is pleased to announce that next year we will be supporting LETCEE in South Africa, to implement a Friendship Bench scheme in one of the communities where they are currently working to improve the well being and life for children.

The idea for the scheme came from a similar project in Zimbabwe, and is like Samaritans but in a rural context. The Friendship Bench will have a trained listener, who will be available to those who are struggling, including new and young mums as well as others in the community who may not have someone they feel they can talk to.

GAGA were successful in finding some funding from The Canning Trust towards this project, and the GAGA Board of Trustees have also decided to make an additional £500 contribution to ensure the project has every chance of success.

We will keep you updated throughout the year ahead and look forward to sharing with you how your support, and that of the Canning Trust, will help to make a difference in rural South Africa.

Fish Farming in Tanzania

Fish Farming in Tanzania

For the past few years we have supported KYGN, a school in rural Tanzania, through KYGN UK. They recently provided us with an update, after your donations helped to cover some of their running costs.

"The school continues to perform a vital service for the local children not only in terms of educational  provision but also medical and social care. On average KYGN has had some 200 children throughout the year and up to 30 staying in the safe house. The educational standards are high.  In January, we were delighted to get the results from the first cohort of KYGN children to take the Primary 4 examinations.  All did well and it was noticeable that attainment in English was high for all students.  This is vital if they are to be able to go on to secondary education."

We are pleased to announce continued support of KYGN. 2018 will see us support an exciting and innovative project.

"As the school has expanded, running costs are a constant concern and KYGN has made good inroads, encouraged and supported by GAGA, to develop new income streams.  One of the more successful is the first tilapia fishing pond which started to produce tilapia for the local market this year.  Annamariah Kanondo has now gained certification in aquaponics to licence  her to expand production.  Funding for the first project came from the KYGN Tz collective, a group of individuals who have agreed to work together to mutually support community projects."

The GAGA Board of Trustees have agreed to fund one fish pond. The eventual aim for the school will be to have six ponds; as the fish take six months to reach maturity, there will be a monthly income. We will definitely keep you updated of the progress at KYGN.

End of year fundraising...

End of year fundraising...

With thanks to all those who have been involved in our recent fundraising....

Last Thursday GAGA fundraiser Hana helped to organise a beadwork sale at Sintra Hair Plus at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford, with Janine. We sold £150 worth of our gorgeous Christmas and general beadwork.

On Sunday, the Simon Kemp Gospel choir performed in Bidford (free of charge!!), helping to raise almost £1,200 for GAGA! Over 80 people came to see the choir perform, and the band play!! What a success!! This amount could support First Step Right school for almost two months!! Alternatively, it could help to cover the costs of a bed at Hillcrest AIDS Centre's Respite Unit for almost 3 months.

Thank you to all those involved in the above events for their support in raising funds for GAGA.

SIMON KEMP GOSPEL CONCERT POSTPONED

SIMON KEMP GOSPEL CONCERT POSTPONED

Due to the weather we have decided to postpone the Simon Kemp concert this evening. We are so sorry for any inconvenience caused. The event will now take place on Sunday 17th December, same time, same place. (7pm, Crawford Hall, Bidford)

If you have purchased tickets, we will keep your tickets aside for you, if you could confirm if you’ll still be able to attend. (Call 01789 414088)

 

Again, so sorry for the inconvenience but thanks for your understanding and we hope to see you next week :)

Celebrate a Loved One Today...

Celebrate a Loved One Today...

The Remembering Tree is back in Stratford upon Avon, with thanks to all our volunteers, knitters as well as individual, business and community group sponsors.

Christmas is a time for celebration, remembrance and charity. Celebrate a loved one today by clicking here.

Don't forget to visit our Woollen Winter Wonderland at the Holy Trinity Church too.

Join us for a Gospel Concert...

Join us for a Gospel Concert...

Join us this Sunday at the Crawford Hall in Bidford on Avon for Simon Kemp's Gospel Choir. There'll be wine and mince pies available, plus a raffle with the chance to win a flight over Warwickshire with Take Flight Aviation.

Doors open at 6.30pm and the show begins at 7pm. Call Sarah on 07801 256 842 for tickets, or pop in to Bidford Hardware

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