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News Archive - July - 2015

Happy Mandela Day!

Happy Mandela Day!

Happy Mandela Day!

Today marks Nelson Mandela's Birthday and for a number of years has been used in South Africa to mark the massive contribution he made to his country. The UN have recognised it as International Nelson Mandela Day. 

South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and many others, also use the day to call out to everyone and promote the idea that everyone has the power to change the world. It is a day to call to action and ensure people 'recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better.'

For 67 years, from 1942, Nelson Mandela made an imprint on the world, beginning with campaigning for the human rights of every South African. He was and still is, an inspiration to the world. 

In South Africa, many devote 67 minutes of their time to the service of others, or to make a positive change in their world. One minute represents one year of Mandela's public service and contributes towards a global movement for good. Read more about Mandela Day here

What will you do with your 67 minutes?

Volunteer some time to a local organisation? Spend time talking to someone you know needs a listening ear? Donate 67 minutes of your salary to charity? (Click here if you'd like to donate it to GAGA). 

Today is also the day Sarah and Charlie head off to South Africa. You can keep up to date with their trip by reading Sarah's blog - Click here

Remember , 'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' Let's make every day a Mandela Day!

They conquered the Lakes...

They conquered the Lakes...

Over the weekend, GAGA Director Sarah, along with 6 friends, took on the challenge of paddling the length of the 3 longest lakes in England, Coniston, Windermere and Ullswater. What a fantastic weekend they had with Distant Horizons, and they completed the challenge with plenty of time to spare. They kayaked a total of 36km, maybe a little more due to not always being able to paddle straight, practice made perfect though! The weather was good, with a little bit of wind that helped in places. Congratulations to Sarah and the rest of the team for completing the challenge - they are already talking about what's next! They managed to raise over £1000 (including gift aid) for GAGA, how fantastic, thank you everyone! A big thank you to the team for going ahead with the challenge, but of course to all those who supported and donated. It's not too late to show your support, click here. 

Congratulations Leanne

Congratulations Leanne

At the beginning of the year the GAGA Board of Trustees approved funding to assist HOLAH in building their capacity as a charity. The Home of Love and Hope (HOLAH) is a home for abandoned and orphaned babies in Durban and provides a safe-haven for children until they can be placed with adoptive families. GAGA granted part of the funds, along with two other supporters of HOLAH, to cover the cost of a year-long online course on NPO management, adminstered by the University of Cape Town. We are now pleased to announce that Leanne has received her certificate! Congratulations! We hope this will go towards creating an even stronger organisation at HOLAH

 

Sarah takes on the 3 Lakes

Sarah takes on the 3 Lakes

In just three days time Sarah (GAGA Director) will be attempting to complete the 3 Lakes Challenge. This involves kayaking across Ullswater, Windermere and Consiton Water - the 3 longest lakes in England. This is a total of 35km (just over 21.5 miles!) and is to be completed in under 12 hours. This is no mean feat for a group of beginner kayakers. Sarah will be joined by 6 others and is fundraising for GAGA. So far she has raised just over £300 (including Gift Aid). If you'd like to support her on this challenge, please donate here. All funds raised are donated directly to GAGA, towards the continuation of our projects in Africa. 

 

South Africa Trip 2015

South Africa Trip 2015

Sarah will soon be heading out to South Africa on her first visit as Director at GAGA. She will be spending a lot of time visiting the various projects GAGA supports, meeting new people and seeing awesome work. Charlie, along with Karen, Colin, and Natalie Morrison and a group of volunteers from Scotland, will also be heading out at the same time. They will be working on building a vegetable garden at First Step Right School.
Whilst out there, Sarah will be keeping a blog updated to keep you up to date with photographs, news and stories from the trip. You can also follow GAGA UK on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram. Remember, we appreciate any feedback you have!  If there's something you want to hear about and haven't, just let us know!

Swaziland Big Red Fund

Swaziland Big Red Fund

Big Red Recruitment gift GAGA our office for free, assistance which we are incredbily grateful for. We also partner with Jon and Big Red Recruitment to support a project in Swaziland. Jon has a network of donors and supporters and GAGA help to adminster a project which supports young people in to secondary school education. There are currently 20 children being supported through the Big Red Fund, giving these children a chance at an educaiton they would otherwise be unable to have. Click here to read the latest stories from children supported by the Swazi Fund. 
Thabile is one child who receives a bursary. He lives at home with his mother and little sister; his father died a few years ago. Before Thabile began receiving help, he would start his day at 4am to collect firewood for cooking. He never had school shoes to wear and would have to walk 8km to school; he would arrive feeling hungry. Now, things are better. 'I know longer have to worry about the school fees and uniform. What I enjoy the most is walking to school in shoes! .. I am much happier. My mother is much better because she is just so happy that my schooling is taken care of, she sometimes sings in the mornings. I last hear her sing when I was 6 years old. I would like to say thank you for all the help that I have received. One day I will be able to work and earn money to help my sister and my mother. I want to be a teacher one day.' 

Update from 1000 Hills

Update from 1000 Hills

GAGA UK support 1000 Hills Community Helpers, providing funding for their clinic which is an essential service in the community. There is a primary clinic running 5 days a week, and a Sister and Doctor available in case of emergencies during evenings and weekends. Mondays and Wednesdays are clinic days for the elderly, Tuesdays are for children and Thursdays is open clinic day. On Fridays there are HIV/AIDS support groups. During the past 2 months, over 19000 patients were seen at the clinic. Almost 70 people underwent rapid HIV testing and over 1500 people had CD4 Count Tests. 1000 Hills Community Helpers Clinic is really changing lives. We are thankful for the hard work that they carry out, and without your support we would not be able to contribute the levels of assistance to them that we do. 

Gogo Lunch Club

Gogo Lunch Club

Russell at Sithembakuye, has recently shared some wonderful photos of the 'Gogo Luncheon Club' funded by GAGA UK - made possible by YOU, our donors and supporters. The lunch club takes place once a week on a Tuesday and the grannies (and some grandpas!) in the local area come along to visit Russell for a nutritious meal, as well as a chance for socialising with others. We often speak of how isolated the elderly can be here in the UK; Russell is working hard to ensure that those who are just as vulnerable in rural KZN, South Africa, have the emotional support so vital in their lives. 
Thank you for your support which helps us to continue to support Russell and Sithembakuye. 

      

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