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 - May - 2014

Wonderful new resources for our pre-school projects

Wonderful new resources for our pre-school projects

Many thanks to Wendy Tweedie of PhonicBooks in Wiltshire for her kind donation of over 200 beautifully illustrated, colourful and engaging beginner and catch-up readers.

Charlie and Marissa will be taking half of the books to First Step Right in South Africa in the autumn.

In July, Marissa will be taking the other half to the Montessori kindergarten school at the Korongoni School in Moshi. A happy coincidence occurred on the day Marissa returned from Wiltshire after collecting the books. Clara, one of the teachers at the Montessori progamme, had written an email just that day to say that since the start of the Montessori classroom which we helped get funded, the children are focussed and learning at such a rate that she and her co-teacher are actually getting through the year’s planned curriculum and they can now begin to teach beginners English (in Tanzania the primary language of instruction in the schools is Swahili, but children are meant to learn basic English from kindergarten age, unfortunately because of lack of resources this is often not accomplished). She wondered if we could help in getting a few reading books for the children. And happily Marissa was able to reply immediately that she was sitting there with newly collected books for beginner readers!

KYGN Tanzania - Classrooms take shape

KYGN Tanzania - Classrooms take shape

The classrooms at KYGN, Tanzania, a school which was built with funding from GAGA UK and others - Has now started to complete the classrooms with some fantastic mural paintings. Here is a great example. 

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GAGA supports new initiatives with LETCEE

GAGA supports new initiatives with LETCEE

A few months ago the Board of Trustees granted R100, 000 to LETCEE. The funding which has been granted on annual basis for the last couple of years has been given in recognition of the amazing work LETCEE does and its advances in ‘Early Childhood Development’.

LETCEE used the funding this year to support their new venture. Their brand new ‘Mobile Toy Library’. LETCEE has a few stationary toy libraries and they have been a valuable resource in the work they are doing in the rural communities. The new’ Mobile Toy Library’ will allow LETCEE to do more in areas which previously have been difficult to reach and facilitate such resources.  

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Ann stands down as Treasurer

Ann stands down as Treasurer

Yesterday, our long standing and much respected and loved Treasurer Ann Smith, stood down from that post. However, Ann will remain a GAGA trustee.

 

Ann has been Treasurer for 10 years and a lot of its success depends largely on her early efforts. She had also provided GAGA free office space for the last ten years up until our move in March. 

 

The board wished to mark her commitment and it's gratitude to her and a small gift was presented to her by Tony our Chairman. She was thrilled and as every far too modest. 

Marissa will now take on the role as Treasurer but she will work closely with Ann for the next few months. 

Car booting for GAGA

Car booting for GAGA

As the sun comes out Sylvia starts her fundraising efforts, once again. Sylvia, a GAGA Ambassador who grows a range of plants to sell and who has built up her own supporter base in Ipswich, has been car booting in aid of GAGA for many years. This year is no different. A regular of the car booting scene she raised over £1000 last year. 

Hillcrest AIDS Centre quarterly update

Hillcrest AIDS Centre quarterly update

We wanted to share Hillcrest AIDS Centre, quarterly report with you. It packed with loads of information about the centre and their achievements, so far, this year.

http://www.hillaids.org.za/publications/quarterly-reports

Liverpool Community School, Waterloo, Freetown

Liverpool Community School, Waterloo, Freetown

The school project in Sierra Leone is coming on leaps and bounds. The project has been broken up into phases but already the development of phase two is nearing completion. Thanks to GAGA UK and other donors along with Alan’s co-ordination the classrooms are taking shape. You can read more about the progress from the latest newsletter. 

Sierra Leone Newsletter 

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