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 - 2015

Trustee Wins Charitable Champion Award

Trustee Wins Charitable Champion Award

At the recent British Independent Retail Association (BIRA) Community Awards, our Trustee Alan Wolstencroft, the owner of Fashion Fabrics in Banbury, was awarded the Charitable Champion Award for his outstanding work in Sierra Leone. 
Although Alan has not visited Sierra Leone over the past year (due to the Ebola crisis), he has continued to fundraise for the development of 3 schools that he supports. He has undergone various talks, raising £33,600 over the past year. Since his first involvement in Sierra Leone 10 years ago, Alan has raised over £124, 000 for the projects. 
Alan was presented with a certificate and a cheque for £1000 towards his projects. Alan hopes to return to Sierra Leone in June and some of the money may be used to pay school fees for children whose families cannot afford to pay the fees due to the increased cost of living after the ebola crisis. 
Alan acknowledged the support he receives from his family, his staff, customers and suppliers, as well as BIRA members, the Westminster Group PLC, Banbury Rotary Club and GAGA UK. Congratulations to Alan on winning the award, we are all very proud of him here at GAGA, for making such a real difference to the lives of others. Keep up the great work! 

Africa Day

Africa Day

Monday 25th May is Africa Day. Today is a day which commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity. It is also a day however, to celebrate all things wonderful that African countries have to offer and a day to celebrate peace, unity and solidarity. We want to use today to say THANK YOU. Thank you to our supporters and donors who make an impact in Africa. Thank you to those working hard in South Africa, Tanzania and Sierra Leone to make sure that together we make a difference to the lives of many.  You are all, as part of GAGA, contributing to growth and to positive change. 

St Martins' Church, Ruislip get involved

St Martins' Church, Ruislip get involved

A big thank you to St Martin's Church, Ruislip. A few weeks ago we received a letter from them saying that GAGA had been selected as one of their charities of the year. Last week Sarah went down to their annual charity lunch and received a fantastic £1300 for GAGA. The Outlookers group at the church raise money throughout the year for 2 charities, holding various events including a Ritz style afternoon tea. It was wonderful to meet everyone at the Church; a huge thank you from everyone here at GAGA goes out to all involved. 

 

 

 

The roof goes on!

The roof goes on!

We have received an update from the dormitory that is being built in Tanzania by KYGN. The roof is now beginning to take shape and we can't wait to see the end result. GAGA UK granted £3000 to KYGN UK to help with the building of this new dormitory; this will enable the children attending KYGN School in Mabongi, Tanzania, to board if they live far away and/or if they are from vulnerable backgrounds. 

We will keep you updated on the progress of the dormitory!

We love you to the Kalahari Moon and back

We love you to the Kalahari Moon and back

A big thank you to the team at Kalahari Moon who continue to support GAGA. The Southern African shop based in Bristol keep a collection tin in their shop, and have raised £56.54 over the past few months. A big thank you to Rose and the rest of the team at Kalahari Moon for Making a Difference, and of course, thank you to all who donated. 

Know a good spot for a collection tin? Let us know (email us) and help us raise funds and awareness. 

Tutu graduates with honors

Tutu graduates with honors

At the end of last year we brought you the news that our first Sangobeg scholar had passed her degree with flying colours. After three years of hard work, and thanks to a generous donor and GAGA, Tutu now has her Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She recently graduated (Tutu is pictured here, in the centre, with her friends) and had a great day celebrating. She is now doing her community service (a compulsory year in South Africa for anyone in the health sector) at a local clinic in Hammarsdale. We're sure we'll see more from Tutu in the future, but for now, we wish her all the luck in the world, we are certain she'll make a real difference to peoples' lives in South Africa. 

First Step Right Update

First Step Right Update

After two years of working hard to secure state funding, Gael and the team at First Step Right have succeeded! Today their application was approved which means they should soon receive funding for the school. This is great news that we wanted to share. We will keep you updated on the process. We will be continuing to support First Step Right and look forward to what the future may hold! 

Christian Hope School complete classroom building

Christian Hope School complete classroom building

The Christian Hope School in Sierra Leone now has two new classrooms. The two classroom building took just over 12 weeks to complete, and is now ready for use at the school which has recently re-opened after 7 months. The classrooms are also stocked with new desks and chairs. You can find out more about the projects supported by Alan Wolstencroft and GAGA here

St John's Priory had a ball!

St John's Priory had a ball!

The Parents Association recently hosted a Charity Ball in a marquee on the outskirts of Banbury with a 3 course dinner and entertainment. They also organised a raffle and an auction which were very well supported and the evening was a great success. 

As a result the Parents Association donated £1,186.40 to GAGA towards our Ithembalihle project. This takes the total for this academic year so far to £1,684.90 and since their first involvement in September 2010 the school have raised a fantastic total of £5,499. 

On behalf of everyone at GAGA and the children and staff at Ithembalihle, a massive THANK YOU for all your support which is making a real difference at Ithembalihle. 

Kenilworth School & Sixth Form Support GAGA

Kenilworth School & Sixth Form Support GAGA

Kenilworth School and Sixth Form have generously donated £650 to GAGA. The school recently held their annual 'Africa Week', which raises money for a village in Tanzania as well as other charities working in Africa. The event this year involved a swing night and 2 urban shows; they also had a non uniform day, a cake sale,  a street dance workshop and a poetry workshop. The whole school get involved in the week, and over 100 adults attended a dinner dance to see live music acts performed by students. We are thrilled that the school chose to support us, and want to say a big THANK YOU to the staff, students and parents (and all involved). 

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