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 - 2015

Another Successful Braai

Another Successful Braai

Our third South African Braai (BBQ) was a success! We made £165 profit and are thrilled at the turn out we had. The weather was beautiful and the burgers flew off the grill! The brownies went down pretty well too. Sarah, Marissa and and Ann made a fantastic team and had a great time cooking and chatting to everyone. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported us; there were people from a number of different companies close by. You're all awesome! A big thank you also to Big Red Recruitment, who continue to support us, gifting our office for free, but also providing the space for the BBQ's (and a lot of custom on the day!)

 

 

All the latest from Alan in Sierra Leone

All the latest from Alan in Sierra Leone

Alan, a GAGA Trustee, has recently returned from a visit to projects he supports, along with GAGA, in Sierra Leone. Alan fundraises through talks and other means, raising money for 3 different schools in the country. We support Alan in this work, and are proud that he is making a real difference. Click here to read more about his recent trip, and here to read more about how it all began and the achievements made over the past few years. Alan's recent trip saw him taking a huge amount of donations to schools and communities, of uniforms, books, stationery etc thanks to the Westminster Group Foundation. Alan was also able to visit the three schools he fundraises for, all of which were effected in different ways by the Ebola crisis. 

Schools are opening, but problems remain

Schools are opening, but problems remain

"The ebola crisis kept Sierra Leone's 1.8 million children out of education for the best part of a year. Now schools are reopening, but the education system is still beset with problems, with the legacy of Ebola leaving some families too poor to afford schooling, and pregnant teenagers being deprived of education." Watch the Guardian's video here to find out more and get a real insight in to the lives of those suffering in the wake of the crisis. 

Day of the African Child

Day of the African Child

Today is Day of the African Child. 

The day commemorates those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in South Africa in 1976, 39 years ago today. Thousands protested against the poor quality of their education and demanded their right to be taught in their own language. in the protests that followed, more than a hundred people were killed and over a thousand injured. 

Today marks Youth Day in South Africa and is also a day to draw attention to the need to continue to work to improve the lives of all children in Africa. 

A snapshot of what we are doing together with you, to ensure that chidlren's lives are improved...

Today, GAGA are supporting over 130 chidlren at First Step Right School and Itembalihle; up to 30 children will have safe housing in Tanzania; 3 schools are supported in Sierra Leone through Alan Wolstencroft; we are supporting 6 students through tertiary education in South AFrica and 20 children through secondary education in Swaziland; we support the clinic at 1000 Hills Community Helpers, who have dedicated clinic days for babies and children. We have also in the past, supported HOLAH, LETCEE and the Literacy Box Trust, organisations working tirelessly to improve the lives of children.

Well done everyone, a big thank you; let's keep going! 

Growing and Baking for GAGA

Growing and Baking for GAGA

Our lovely ambassador Sylvia, has been at the fundraising again. She has already raised over £300 and the summer has not yet properly started. Sylvia has supported GAGA for a number of years and visitied South Africa with Charlie in 2012; we really appreciate her continued hard work. She spends her weekends at car boot sales and markets, selling home grown plants, hence 'growing for Africa'. She has also been joined by her cousin Sandra, who bakes cakes to sell at the stalls. What a pair of amazing ladies. Thank you! 

         

Join us for a 'lekker braai'

Join us for a 'lekker braai'

Next Friday 19th June, we will be holding another South African BBQ at our office here in Stratford. Join us at Cygnet Court between 11.30 and 2pm for a tasty ostrich burger (beef burgers also available!). Pre order by emailing info@gaga-uk.org or phoning 01789 772686 - it was a complete sell out last time, so get in there early! 
We look forward to seeing you there! 

'I can't change my status, but you can change your attitude'

'I can't change my status, but you can change your attitude'

Stigma of Living with HIV still causes problems - A recent survey has shown that KZN, South Africa still has high levels of HIV/AIDS stigma. A representative of the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (South Africa) said that 'people are dying because of stigmatisation. They're not taking their treatment because of the stigma on HIV/AIDS.... Those who are HIV positive are being stigmatised. We don't understand what exactly went wrong in our communities because we are still human beings like other people.'

Unfortunately, stigma still plays a devastating part in the impact HIV/AIDS can have on a person's life. At GAGA we are working with and for those impacted by HIV. View some powerful videos here of personal stories about people's experiences of living with HIV. 

Zambian School receives 3 Literacy Boxes

Zambian School receives 3 Literacy Boxes

Towards the end of last year we partnered with the Literacy Box Trust to send three boxes to the Manaca School in Zambia. Each box contains basic resources for one class (exercise books, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, footballs, skipping ropes, school bags etc). These may seem like very basic school supplies and we may take these items for granted. The lack of them in many schools in Zambia and other areas of Africa however, can create quality issues in education as well as being a barrier to education for many children. The three boxes have now arrived at the school and the headmistress is extremely happy, all at the school were 'really amazed' at the boxes; "The Literacy Boxes are a great blessing to Manaca Community School." You can read more in their recent newsletter here. 

Alan returns to Sierra Leone

Alan returns to Sierra Leone

Our trustee Alan Wolstencroft, has this week returned to Sierra Leone. In partnership with the Westminster Group PLC Alan flew out on Saturday to visit the schools he has tirelessly fundraised for. We support Alan in all that he does in Sierra Leone and are looking forward to hearing all about his trip. In just a couple of days Alan has already visited three schools and has an appointment with the President of Sierra Leone. He has also emptied a 40 foot sea freight container of donated good ready for distribution to 4 communities, 2 other charities and the Westminster Group Foundation. 

Huw Edwards goes GAGA

Huw Edwards goes GAGA

Huw Edwards has recently completed a bicycle ride from John O Groats to Lands End and wow, what a journey. 

Huw was riding and fundraising in memory of Richard Harrod, his friend and a previous trustee on the GAGA board. So far, Huw has raised almost £2000 for GAGA. Over 16 days he cycled over 1200 miles through snow, hail, rain, wind, fog and a little bit of sunshine! Huw took the 'pretty route' and used country lanes, old railway lines, canal towpaths, mountain biking trails and even a little of the North Cornwall coastal path. Huw said the 'overall the trip was just a wonderful experience, and one that I will treasure.' A big congratulations to Huw for making it and a big thank you for choosing to fundraise for GAGA. 

Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust Update

Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust Update

At GAGA we are so grateful for the support from all our great donors, ambassadors, fundraisers, and followers alike. We want to keep you updated on the difference it makes to so many people. 

We recently provided funding to make a change to the lives of two people working at Hillcrest AIDS Centre. 
We have provided funding for a second year for a lady to carry out her nursing training. She currently works part time at the Centre and is about to complete her first year, end of year exams. She says her goal is 'to pass with flying colours and take all of the knowledge I have from the training and share it among my colleagues.' Without your support we would be unable to help her reach this goal. 
We have also provided funding to help pay for a driver and patient advocate at the Centre. He drives patients from their homes to the Respite Unit for admission, and then home again upon discharge; he drives patients to x-ray and clinic appointments; he assists patients in accessing a Disability grant before they are discharged and also provides love, care and an open ear to patients. He says that 'working at the Centre is a dream come as I have been given the chance to wake up every morning and do what I truly believe I was born to do, help others. I thank GAGA from the bottom of my heart for allowing me this opportunity to help people in need.'
Thank you for your ongoing support - you are really making a difference. 

The Remembering Tree is returning

The Remembering Tree is returning

We are delighted to announce that our annual Remembering Tree event will be returning this Christmas. Go to our events page here to find out more information on how you can get involved. You can also like the Remembering Tree Page on Facebook, to keep up to date on everything going on. We are looking forward to another successful event and have been busy counting squares and getting some on order for the yarn bombing spectacle of the year!!

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