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News Archive - July - 2013

NORTH SOMERSET HOUSING ASSOCIATION “make a real difference” in Sierra Leone

NORTH SOMERSET HOUSING ASSOCIATION “make a real difference” in Sierra Leone

The North Somerset Housing Association became part of Alliance Homes and as a result had a significant quantity of good quality second hand corporate clothing that they donated to GAGA earlier this year. This comprised polo shirts, sweatshirts, fleece zippers, waterproof coats and work trousers.

These goods were shipped out to Freetown, Sierra Leone through our Trustee Alan with the support of Westminster Group PLC and were recently distributed in 2 communities in Freetown which Alan has been supporting.

Hi Alan,

Can you please pass on this thank you to the company that gave us the adult corporate clothing. We really appreciate the gift as at this moment of free flow of rain and as the weather is cold at this time of the rains, the adult clothing has made us warm. God bless you all and thank you for this wonderful gift.

Best wishes to you all, Fayah, Waterloo Community, Freetown.

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Hi Alan,

Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for the container and all the blue adult clothing for the Lungi community. It is especially relevant as we are in the middle of our rainy season at this very moment.

Many thanks to you Alan, the staff of Westminister, the company who donated the clothing and the charity GAGA

Thanks and god bless you.

Blessings

Pastor Mark Sesay, Lungi

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Latest from Sierra Leone

Latest from Sierra Leone

Read Alan's latest news from Sierra Leone July Newsletter

Tanzanian school completed

Tanzanian school completed

At the beginning of July Marissa, GAGA’s newest trustee, paid another self-funded visit to Tanzania to see the opening of the re-vamped school, in Moshi at which she had volunteered at the beginning of the year. After she left in January she set a goal of raising funds to renovate the school and employ a Montessori teacher. Her fundraising went so well she raised enough money for the renovations plus two Montessori teachers for three years. Below are Marissa own words. GAGA played a small role in this project and we are delighted to see it completed. Well done Marissa and all those who donated.

“On 8th Jul,y my children, my daughter’s partner and myself had the immense pleasure of being at the Korongoni Primary School for the opening of the Montessori Kindergarten Programme. It was a wonderful sight to see the children returning from their 4-week summer break, running happily into the school grounds to greet their teacher after the long break. It was even more wonderful to see their expressions of surprise when they entered the classroom. The room was transformed, freshly painted with bright colours, with new desks and chairs, and now filled with colourful educational materials. This was made possible through the generous donations of friends and family, the support of GAGA in giving me a platform to request the donations, and the collaboration of Art in Tanzania (AIT) and the Head Teacher at the school.

In addition to improvements to the classroom building both inside and outside, there is now also a Montessori teacher to help Clara (the teacher whose idea this all was) teach the almost 80 children enrolled in the kindergarten (there are about 40 children in each of the sessions). There is enough funding to have an extra Montessori trained teacher for three years. These kindergarten children at Korongoni Primary School have now the educational environment necessary to learn the maths and language skills that are the necessary building blocks of their further primary school education.

This is the first Montessori Programme in a government school in Tanzania, and it was met with great enthusiasm and support by the Moshi Department of Education (who sent three representatives to help inaugurate the programme). AIT will also be showcasing the programme on its website as part of UNICEF’s Children’s Agenda. We want to thank them for their fantastic management of the building project, and all the preliminary work they did in getting a teacher hired (and part funded by them), purchasing the Montessori materials, and in their continued monitoring of the project.”

Marissa Alvarez Wolke

Good Acting

Good Acting

The Drama Club at Kings Sutton Primary School near Banbury recently held a Performing Arts Concert and chose GAGA as the beneficiary.

The Club is run by Alice-Kim Ord, a teenage past pupil of the school, under the watchful eye of teacher Pam Thom.

The evening, which was a great success, involved about 20 children in the production and they held a raffle and provided refreshments for the audience and as a result raised £89 which will go towards the building of the pre school at Ithembalihle.

A very big thank you to Alice-Kim, Pam and all the children, parents and teachers who supported the event.

Brilliant sunshine = Brilliant fundraising

Brilliant sunshine = Brilliant fundraising

This weather hasn’t only just helped the garden, it’s helped the enduring efforts of one of our Ambassadors, Sylvia May, raise lots of money from Car Boots and plant sales. So much so that today she sent a cheque to GAGA for £1000. Sylvia has been one of our most dedicated supporters, and come rain or shine (but she prefers shine) through the summer she is selling bits and pieces alongside wonderful plants all, for the benefit of GAGA and our work in Africa. She often has little helpers too and we are as grateful to them as she is. Well done Sylvia and all those who help you.

The money raised will be going towards the new school building at Ithembalihle.  

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Read the latest from Sierra Leone

Read the latest from Sierra Leone

Read the latest update from Sierra Leone in Alan's newsletter

A note of thanks from a new beneficiary

A note of thanks from a new beneficiary

We recently donated R3, 750 (3250) to HOLAH baby house just outside of Durban. You can read more about them here. We wanted to share their thank you letter with you. We are now looking at ways, in which, we can help HOLAH in the future. 

HOLAH Thank you letter to GAGA

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