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 - August - 2012

New partners – ‘Spirit of Africa’

New partners – ‘Spirit of Africa’

We are delighted to announce a new 50/50 relationship in the support, funding and development of Ithembalihle. Ithembalihle has grown since GAGA started supporting it two years ago. Through our endeavours we have seen a steady increase in the capacity and improvement of the facilities. We welcome the support of ‘Spirit of Africa’ and hope to continue our success and for Ithembalihle to develop further into a strong, independent project.

‘Spirit of Africa’ will be operating with us on a 50/50 funding basis, which includes general running costs and future expansion projects. We are currently working on the development of a pre-school and hopefully we will see this project start soon.

We will keep you updated with our joint progress.

Happy Womens Day - South Africa

Happy Womens Day - South Africa

Happy Womens Day – South Africa

Recognising the importance that women play at home, at work, within the community and the society to which they belong. It is women who will change the world for the better. It is women on whom we must depend.

"There is, in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity"

GAGA is proud to support the work of many organistions in South Africa and recognisies that many projects are run by women for women, children and the wider community (including men).

Here to a few of them; Dawn Leppan, Thadiwe Sibiya, Gael Lloyd-Tramaux, Rosetta Stander, Debbie Young, Kim Blom and a very specail lady here in the UK - Ann Smith. 

Safe House Opens

Safe House Opens

In partnership with 1000 Hills Community Helpers, GAGA has funded the opening of a much needed Safe House for victims of abuse and sexual assault. All too often the victims of such act are women and children. Sadly, they are usually subjected to such brutality at the hands of loved ones, family members and or neighbours. This presents the added dilemma that usually those who have been abused or even raped live with, or within close proximity to their attackers.  The scale of the problem is huge. In 2006 a woman was raped in South Africa every 17 seconds. This figure did not include the number of child-rape victims. Around 200,000 children a year are raped in South Africa and less than 1% of rapes end in a successful prosecution. Social workers are overworked and the police can’t cope, even the ones who care!

All too often women and children were coming to the centre at 1000 Hills Community Helpers and although they were cared for there, at the end of the day they have to go back home all to often were the incidents take place. This was also a huge dilemma for the staff at 1000 HCH.

However, thanks to GAGA and its donors, the House has now been open for just over a month and was filled within 24 hours. The actual property was donated by the local councillor. GAGA with it’s donors has funded the fencing of the property as well as furnishing the house. 1000 Hills Community Helpers is in the process of establishing a programme to ensure each case is dealt with, and those affected by such treatment are properly cared for. This will be funded by GAGA, as often there is a need for transport and legal costs etc.

We hope to report in the near future on the successes of the Safe House. 

1000 Hills Community Helpers – Safe House Motivation

Safe House Pictures

Great news for School and the Local Community

Great news for School and the Local Community

GAGA is very happy to announce its partnership with Frey’s Food Products, South Africa. We are both working for the improvement and sustainable future of First Step Right Low Primary School.  Since GAGA started its support for First Step Right some two years ago, improvements  have always been impeded by uncertainty regarding the ownership of the building and land that the school occupies. However, Frey’s Food Products bought the adjoining business last year and inherited the building and land the school uses. After meeting with them last year, and continued communication, they have taken on support of the primary school which forms part of their commitment to the local community.

The school has been in desperate need of renovation for some time and Frey’s has paid and completed Phase One of this work, which included repairing the roof and the toilets, with a total financial commitment of £5, 500

As part of our commitment, GAGA is funding Phase Two of the works which will begin in the September holidays.  Phase Two will focus on the inside of the school and hopefully see the installation of two solar boilers. Our total funding for these works is estimated at £8, 000. A special thank you must go to Irene and Cheryl from Brechin, Christine Klaassen from London, The Morrison family from Dingwall and Mr and Mrs Proctor, Sussex for their continued tireless support of this project.

Watch out for pictures, and we will keep you up-to-date on progress and how relationships continue to develop. We are delighted to be working with Frey’s Food Products; even more so as they are a South African business, striving to alleviate the crippling conditions of poverty through targeted and meaningful intervention. Investing in education is one of the surest ways to tackle the problems of poverty - now and in the future.

Read Debbie's latest blog from South Africa

Read Debbie's latest blog from South Africa

We Miss Our Visitors

We’ve had a hectic few weeks. Our Dutch Group of 11 arrived at the end of June, followed the next day by the 2 English girls, Hannah and Mel.

The “Dutchies” were an amazing group of girls who were keen, enthusiastic, and just lovely. The leadership by Merijn and Franke was brilliant, and the girls even embraced their stay in a backpacker’s in Swayimane, a rural area, which turned out to be much more basic than anticipated with dry long drop toilets and grass mats on the floor to sleep on...

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Westminster Group PLC

Westminster Group PLC

As from 1st May Westminster Aviation Security Services, part of the Westminster Group PLC, a Banbury company, has taken over the security contract at Lunghi Airport in  Freetown, Sierra Leone which they will run for the next fifteen years.

They are now assisting GAGA with the shipping of goods such as school uniforms, footballs & football kit and general school supplies. ALL the items are being safely received in Freetown & distributed to various communities by Fayah a good friend of our Trustee Alan.

We are really indebted to the staff at Westminster for this fantastic support & the pictures show what a difference this is making to several communities in Freetown - THANK YOU.

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