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 - June - 2012

GAGA 'End to End' Challenge - 3rd July - 12th July 2012

GAGA 'End to End' Challenge - 3rd July - 12th July 2012

Our Director, Charlie, and one of our Marvellous Ambassadors (and another as support crew) will be cycling from

Are cycling from one end of the UK to the other to raise funds for GAGA supported projects in Africa.  

You can sponsor us here 

Thank you for your support and interest. As Charlie is away the website will updated when he gets a chance. 

Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone - new toilets

Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone - new toilets

With an additional 140+ secondary age students at the school there was a desperate need for an additional toilet block. There is no running water at the school so “long drop” toilets are the only option –the total cost of the project was £4,500.

The project was completed by the end of May & we would like to thank the following organisations for their generous donations towards the project:

Goodwill & Growth for Africa, UK contributed £1,200

The Doris Field Charitable Trust, £1,000

The Rotary Club of Banbury £750

Rotary District 1090 Conference £575

The remaining money was raised by Alan Wolstencroft with talks to a number of local societies/organisations.

The 8 new toilets are a step up from what already exists at the school as rather than just a hole in a concrete base they have purchased ceramic UK style toilets and fitted them over the “long drops”

GAGA supports Literacy in Zambia

GAGA supports Literacy in Zambia

GAGA has predominantly supported projects in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa but over the last 2 years has also become involved with projects in both Sierra Leone & Malawi.

We have now added a 4th country to our list by funding 2 Literacy Boxes to support schools in Zambia.

We have recently donated £550 to The Literacy in a Box Trust which works in partnership with the Rotary Club of Roborough, Plymouth and Operation Sunshine providing “School Aid 4 Zambia”.

Each box contains basic educational supplies – paper, pens, pencils, rulers, footballs, school bags etc and all  the contents are sent through a secure shipping and distribution network and are “making a real difference” to junior schools in communities in Zambia.

GAGA are pleased to be able to support the work of The Literacy in a Box Trust and if you require further information about this project go to – www.literacyboxtrust.org.uk

No age restriction – for new swings

No age restriction – for new swings

A set of three swings has been newly installed at Ithembalihle (aka St John’s) much to the delight of all the children. It’s impossible to think of a childhood without swings; it may seem like a trivial item. However, if it adds pleasure to a Childs life and distracts from their everyday living, especially in rural South Africa we feel it can only be a good thing.

A lion’s share of the funds used came from House of prayer Trust, Telford and a portion of funds were also used from the recent fundraiser at St John’s Priory, Banbury. A big thank you to them.

Shetlanders prove their patriotism

Shetlanders prove their patriotism

‘From Shetland with Love’ has thrown another of their famous fundraisers celebrating the Golden Jubilee benefitting GAGA, and in particular Ithembalihle. In total the Jubilee Lunch raised £665 and from the pictures (a couple of which you can see below) it is evident it was a brilliant afternoon.

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Literally, flying the flag for GAGA

Literally, flying the flag for GAGA

One of the students from St John’s Priory School, Banbury with our trustee, Alan Wolstencroft

Literally, flying the flag for GAGA and South Africa.

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It takes a village to raise a child

It takes a village to raise a child

This week has been Child Protection week in South Africa. Held annually since 1998 the aim of the initiative is to educate and mobilise communities to put children first. The concept stems from the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child”, which emphasises the role of the wider community in keeping children safe. Wearing a Green Ribbon until 3 June ribbon is symbolic of accepting the obligation that: “I will protect a child”.

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