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 - March - 2012

A Great Day at the Warwickshire WI Annual Meeting

A Great Day at the Warwickshire WI Annual Meeting

On Wednesday 28th March GAGA attended the 2012 Warwickshire Women’s Institute Spring Conference once again. We had enjoyed weather as we did last year.  We were selling our beadwork and promoting GAGA as a charity. It was a successful day in all respects, with the new design beadwork from Amangwe, and love boxes from the U3 Trust, going down well.

We are also attending the Warwickshire WI’s speaker-finder evening on the 25th April and are looking forward to sharing more information about GAGA’s work in Africa with the women of Warwickshire.  

Alan warms up the crowd for RIBI President

Alan warms up the crowd for RIBI President

Our Trustee Alan recently spoke at a Rotary District Conference at the Bournemouth International Centre to a Rotary audience of 600+ people!! Alan was the first guest speaker at the Conference and was followed by the President of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland.

Alan began his 18 minute presentation by saying "when I was asked to speak at District Conference I wasn't aware that I had been booked as the warm up act for the National President"
 
Alan talked about GAGA's work in both South Africa and Sierra Leone and as a result of the presentation he received donations of £590.

St John's Priory, Banbury

St John's Priory, Banbury

St John's Priory adopted Ithembalihle as their Charity of the year in September2010 and has extended the relationship for another academic year.
The school recently organised a cake sale to raise funds for Ithembalihle and this resulted in a further £76 being raised.
This takes the total raised so far this academic year to £593.50.
 
A really big thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff at the School for their continued support.

GAGA - Adopts a bed

GAGA - Adopts a bed

We are very happy to announce that GAGA has adopted a bed in Hillcrest AIDS Centres (HACT), hospice/respite unit.  GAGA has funded one of the 24 beds for a year. By adopting a bed we fund the running costs of a patient using it; In other words the running costs of the unit have been broken down by each bed. Testament to how good the facility is is that out of all the patients admitted to the unit, 58% leave alive, which is also testament to the power of ARV’s. With such amazing results hopefully many patients will benefit from our funding.  We have made a commitment to raise funds to adopt a second bed; the respite unit is completely funded by donations. Hillcrest Aids Centre is an amazing organisation and GAGA is very happy to be connected with them. In the next month we will create a special page on our website for this project.

LETCEE - A new generation of teachers

LETCEE - A new generation of teachers

LETCEE’s mission is to build the confidence and capacity of adults so that they will create nurturing environments for the children in their communities.

They achieve this by:

  • Offering accredited ECD training at NQF level 4. 
  • Supporting a cohort of volunteers who facilitate learning through play in the homes of children not able to attend an ECD site.
  • Providing resources for play and learning.
  • Encouraging and supporting the registration and improvement of early learning facilities.

GAGA has provided funding for three new teachers to be trained at LETCEE, who without this support would be unable to train and gain qualifications.  GAGA has also funded the training of three teachers from ‘First Step Right’ in addition to the above. Education is of key importance to a developing country and its starts with the youngest of children. In the next month we will create a special page on our website for this project.

Latest One-off Beneficiary, Shalom Fellowship

Latest One-off Beneficiary, Shalom Fellowship

Read about our latest one-off beneficiary, Shalom.

Latest One-off Beneficiary, KwaCare

Latest One-off Beneficiary, KwaCare

Read about our latest one-off beneficiary, KwaCare. You can also see the wonderful thank you letter they sent us, which explains what they did with the donation.

Hear the jubilation - Ithembalihle house is finsihed

Hear the jubilation - Ithembalihle house is finsihed

Finally the children of Ithembalihle have now moved into their new home. The house was completed by the end of 2011, but the only road leading to Ithembalihle had continually got worse to a point where it was almost impassable. As such, getting the furniture to the house had proven a continued difficulty. However, we finally overcame the obstacles and now the children have been enjoying their new home for the past few weeks. The pictures say it all!! Thank you to everyone who contributed, supported, donated and volunteered. None of it would have been possible without with you.

More pictures

Today is International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day

GAGA is proud of its connections with women in Southern Africa – out of the 6 main organisations we support 5 are run by women.

With our latest partnership Zimele, women are at the front of change, in the world they live in for the generations of those that come after them.  

If you educate a man you educate a person; if you educate a woman, you educate a family

Ruby Manikan

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