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 - February - 2012

Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone - Grand opening

Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone - Grand opening

 

On Sunday 29th January the assembly hall at Christian Hope School was officially opened!!

 

In attendance were representatives from the Ministry of Education, local community elders and dignitaries, and staff, pupils and parents from the school. The hall will be used for assemblies, presentations, parents evenings, end of year graduation ceremonies and community events.

 

Goodwill & Growth for Africa UK were the principal funder and paid for all the construction materials and labour costs (£4,200). The furniture was funded jointly by The Rotary Club of Banbury and Rotary International District 1090 (£1,200) and our Trustee Alan raised a further £500 and co-ordinated the project as part of his ongoing relationship with Christian Hope School.  

 

Since the completion of the 6 classroom extension in May 2009 secondary education has started at the school and the latest news is that there are now 144 secondary students at the school.

 

The Headteacher at Christian Hope, Pastor Joseph, e-mailed Alan after the opening ceremony and said “Brother Alan, many thanks to you and all the donors and supporters in the UK for all you have done for the school, the community and the country at large. With the creation of the 6 extra classrooms you have enabled us to start secondary education at the school and reduce the number of children in the junior school classes and this will greatly assist the standard of education. The building of the assembly hall has provided us with a very useful space which can be used for many different functions and the entire community is grateful to you all for the wonderful support you have given to us”.

 

Brechin Ambassadors do us proud

Brechin Ambassadors do us proud

Once again Irene and Cheryl, along with their merry crew, have raised a terrific sum from their Burns supper, and Gilbert and Sullivan evening in association with St. Andrews University.

Irene gives us her account;

“Young Gregor O’Neill piped the haggis andas before his piping is coming on in leaps and bounds and we are so pleased he gives his time for our event. Cameron Mathieson, last year’s head boy at Brechin High school, proposed the toast to the Haggis. It was the first time he had done anything like this and he was very good. The evening went very well, in spite of not having as many people as we hoped for. Still we raised £407.50

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society from St Andrews University gave a wonderful night of songs from the many operas. One young lady came up to me at the end and said thank you for all the work that is done by GAGA. The first year we had the concert was her first year at St. Andrews; she is now moving on to pastures new but wished us well for the future. It was a bitterly cold snowy/icy night and we were worried in case no one would turn up. The Burns House is up the glen through a dark wood. Most are elderly people who enjoy Gilbert and Sullivan. It was a great night and we raised £731.35

On the Sunday an old lady came up to me with an envelope with £ 100 and 2 others gifts of £32.”

All of GAGA’s ambassadors continue to do terrific work and we are so grateful for their support and efforts.

Thank you so much Brechin.

New Volunteer at GAGA

New Volunteer at GAGA

We are very happy to welcome Katy to GAGA as our newest volunteer. Katy will be helping in the office.

Katy is a graduate of Newcastle University, currently working part time and living in Rugby. After graduating in 2012 with a 2:1 in Combined Honours Psychology and Fine Art, she travelled around South America and South East Asia. Whilst travelling she spent a month working in an orphanage in Cambodia which cared for over 70 children of all ages. This experience inspired her to work in the charity sector since being back in the UK, and she is committed to making a difference through her work.

Funding for Zimele - A new relationship for GAGA

Funding for Zimele - A new relationship for GAGA

We're really excited to announce that we have just confirmed funding for the new Self-Help Group Programme in Mtubatuba in partnership with Zimele in the UK and South Africa. Up until now Zimele have been working in 2 areas of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, Swayimane and Winterton. Now that the project is proven and well established there, Zimele is expanding with GAGA’s support. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Zimele.

We will have a page on our website dedicated to this new project where you will be able to see all news and updates over the next year. More detail of the new project and relationship with Zimele can be found here.

Zimele Project Page

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