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 - April - 2013

Talk to Cleeve Prior WI

Talk to Cleeve Prior WI

Charlie held another talk last week at Cleeve Prior WI, taking his total to 8 talks so far this year. He received a warm welcome and lots of interest and was delighted to leave with a donation from the club amounting to £65. Mary Smith, Cleeve Prior’s Programme Secretary said:

“Thank you so much for a fantastic talk last night. I get nervous as this is my first year as programme secretary & obviously I want everyone to enjoy themselves. Our ladies were very impressed”

Schools Easter Lenten Collection supports GAGA

Schools Easter Lenten Collection supports GAGA

We are so grateful to the pupils, teachers and parents of Sacred Heart’s School, Hartlepool, who raised £100 over lent for GAGA. The money will be going towards the new school building at Ithembalihle. 

Khethani School nears completion

Khethani School nears completion

Last year Charlie met with Mona from ‘Shetalnd with Love’ in the far corner of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Ingwavuma where from the peninsular you can see Mozambique and Swaziland. They had gone to visit an exciting new school Khethani. The school had the ambition of providing a top class education even in the most rural parts of South Africa.

However at that time the school was borrowing and begging classrooms all over the small town and they had the ambition of having their own school building. Well, the ambition has finally been realised and we are delighted to have contributed in a small way to its development. We look forward to following the progress of Kethani and seeing the next President of South Africa as one of their alumni. 

School building day 1 1

School building day 1 2

School building day 1 3

PLAY - Sierra Leone

PLAY - Sierra Leone

In January 2013, our Trustee Alan returned to Freetown on his seventh trip - the main purpose was to look at the feasibility of creating a recreation area as there is very little playground space for the 300+ children as the school is situated at the top of a hill.

BUT before sanctioning the project he needed to be sure that the location was suitable. After a meeting with the Board of Governors & the local contractor on site & after agreeing terms Alan gave the green light.

The ground slopes 2 ways - the plan was to clear the waste ground, build a solid retaining wall on 2 sides, infill the area to create a level and then lay a concrete base. The difference in height was 3 meters, so a lot of infill.

EVERYTHING done on site is done manually & everything that can be is re-used. Firstly we had to remove 3 trees – 4 guys using machetes & hand axes – the job was completed in 3 hours! All the wood was used to “bake” the rocks that needed to be removed from the building line, these are then all split down, using sledgehammers and lump hammers into 20/25 mm chippings for concreting.

The speed at which these guys, and girls (some ladies break rocks into chippings and fetch water for mixing the concrete from a standpipe half a mile away), is truly amazing. They are so focused on just getting the job done – it will of course benefit the school BUT it also puts food on the table of the local workforce who are involved.

You may notice a couple of wires in the photos – they are the tension wires that support a local radio mast, BUT they were not going to stop us creating a playground!

The recreation area was completed over the Easter weekend on budget and nearly on time! The total cost for the project was £6,125. GAGA contributed £3,800 towards the project to help “make a real difference” for Christian Hope School and the local community. 

'From Shetland with Love'

'From Shetland with Love'

We were delighted to have received a large donation from ‘From Shetland with Love’ recently. They have been generous enough to donate £1000 which will be used to support Ithembalihle and the ongoing projects there. We are so grateful for their continued support of our work, and that of Ithembalihle. It means an a great deal.

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