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 - July - 2017

You are helping thousands access medical care...

You are helping thousands access medical care...

You are helping us to provide annual funding towards 1000 Hills Community Helpers clinic, which helps hundreds of people in rural communities access health care and treatment. 1000 Hills is based in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa and provides free health care to those who need it most, to those affected by poverty, disease and unemployment.

It's through your donations that we can help to cover between 30 and 40% of the costs needed to keep this clinic running - for salaries, medication and resources, training and more.

Throughout April, May and June, hundreds of people were assisted. The clinic carried out almost 350 HIV tests (along with counselling), as well as over 1,500 CD4 counts (your CD4 levels decline when you are HIV positive; levels decide courses of treatment). 1000 Hills Community Helpers also have 32 caregivers who go out in to the communities to visit patients in their homes, who are perhaps too ill to get to the clinic. They have visited over 2000 people in the past 3 months alone.

1000 Hills Community Helpers is a community care centre with a clinic, pre-school and feeding programme (and much more). The centre really is a lifeline for the community. Here at GAGA, we are so proud of the impact we’re able to have there. Whilst visiting South Africa recently, Sarah was at 1000 Hills...

'I turned around a corner and there was this beautiful baby giggling and smiling right at me. I got talking to the mother who said that Sister Faith (who works part-time in the clinic), had really helped her through a difficult time. She had helped the mother by providing formula and education on how to care for her baby; as she is still at school she needed to mix-feed the baby. She was incredibly grateful for the support 1000 Hills had given her.'

1000 Hills Shows us why every donation is special...

1000 Hills Shows us why every donation is special...

We have a lovely story to share from the wonderful 1000 Hills Community Helpers this week...

'Today this little angel walked into our lives, only 4 weeks old and born prematurely she was in desparate need of clothing and food.

We dressed her up nice and warm in clean clothing and saw her off to our doctor for a check up.

This is why we emphasise the importance of donations for our babies.'

Well done to all at 1000 Hills for their amazing work and support of babies like this one. Huge thanks to all our donors and supporters who make their work possible. We are able to provide annual funding towards the running costs of their clinic, ensuring babies like this can access the treatment and care they need.

On her recent visit to South Africa, Sarah took out lots of knitted items which have been donated by various wonderful people here in the UK. Many of these donations were taken to 1000 Hills, to help little babies like this one.

Visit their website for further information.

Alan's News from Sierra Leone

Alan's News from Sierra Leone

GAGA Trustee Alan, continues his great work in supporting various schools in Sierra Leone. We've had news on the work at these schools - you can follow Alan on Twitter here, and download his newsletters. Alternatively, just get in touch to get his news straight to your inbox!

Rainwater harvesting systems have recently been installed at Liverpool Community School and as the rainy season begins the benefit of the systems is already being appreciated. The Headteacher of the school says 'Pure water is very difficult to access locally so people in our community are very happy for these facilities you have provided.' Handwash stations have also been added, thanks to fundraising at UK school Willesley Primary. The headteacher thanks everyone, stating: 'we regard it as a necessity...  Basic day to day hygiene is an issue for the school children and the rainy season is always associated with an increase in water borne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera. The provision of handwash stations will reduce the risks...'

At the Christian Hope School a new roof and ceilings have been completed after the rainy season created damage to the almost 20 year old building.

In the past 12 months Alan has raised over £27,000 for the projects he supports in Sierra Leone.

Sarah heading off on Annual Leave

Sarah heading off on Annual Leave

Sarah will be on annual leave next week, returning to the GAGA office on 17th July.

She will respond to any emails and calls as soon as possible on her return.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

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