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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 - 2015

Joy in Sierra Leone

Joy in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has some good news today as the last ebola patient ends her treatment. The country has now gone 42 days without a new case. There will be fear for some time however, that a new case may emerge. There is a long road ahead before Sierra Leone has fully recovered from the crisis. Ebolas has left a legacy of grief and trauma and has further worsened the country's and individuals' economic problems; over 3,500 people are know to have died from the virus in Sierra Leone alone. 
As Vanessa, medical director of IMC, said "for me it is a celebration, but also a day of remembrance for all those whohave lost their lives,and a day of appreciation of the thousands of national and international people who have fought against this disease. So it is mixed emotions today."

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A Big Thank you to GAGA Ambassador

A Big Thank you to GAGA Ambassador

All of us here at GAGA wish to say a huge thank you to Sylvia, one of our fantastic ambassador's, from Ipswich. 

Over the past few months she has been working incredibly hard. Sylvia grows and pots plants and then sells them on, along with other things, at car boot sales. She gets up early, works in all weather and constantly promotes GAGA - what a star. She recently sent in a donation of £795, collected over the past few months. What a fantastic lady! She also has help from her cousin Sandra, who bakes cakes and sells them on in aid of GAGA. Thank you to you both and your families, for all your efforts. Sylvia has supported GAGA for a number of years now and we are so grateful. 

The first best time to grow a tree is 15 years ago; the next best time is today...

The first best time to grow a tree is 15 years ago; the next best time is today...

A Big Thank you to all involved in the building of the vegetable garden at First Step Right Low Primary School. 

On our recent visit to South Africa, Sarah and Charlie were joined by 9 wonderful volunteers who built a fantastic garden which will provide vegetables to assist the school with supplying nutritional meals to the children. 

It will help in so many more ways too. A gardener has now been employed, meaning one more person is able to earn an income to support her family. The garden will also act as an educational resource for the children. Gael, who helps to run the school, said 'it's educational for the children to see something growing from the ground, it makes them understand 10 times more than what I could explain in classes.' The staff have also made a rota for grades 2, 3 and 4 to help with watering each day, 'you don't have to call them twice to do it'. Grades 3 and 4 are writing each month about the changes they see and are taking photographs to show the results. 

Thank you to the Hlanganani volunteer group from Dingwall Academy, Scotland and to all who donated to help with the garden. The Keith Coombs Trust granted GAGA £500 at the beginning of the year which allowed us to build the fencing (among other things), which is crucial to guard the crops against hungry livestock. 

Wycombe Waterloo Well

Wycombe Waterloo Well

Alan, GAGA Trustee, has been at it again and has managed to raise funds for another fantastic project in Sierra Leone. 

Alan has now received pictures of a new well that has been installed at the Waterloo School in Freetown. Alan visited the school in June and met with the school Board and the builders; he then released the funds for the project and the school are so grateful. 'We are very grateful to you and your sponsors as this facility has made a big difference and has delivered the School and Community from poor drinking water to a pure drinking water well - we are no safe and we all say thank you.'

What fantastic news - well done to Alan, and a big thank you to High Wycombe Rotary Club who raised £1,125 to see the project through.

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Nokuphila Receives Shining Set of Results

Nokuphila Receives Shining Set of Results

A massive Congratulations to Nokuphila who has just received her end of year nursing school results, passing with flying colours. 

Nokuphila works part time in the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Respit Unit. She is a mother of three and the breadwinner for her family. GAGA funded her first year of study which she completed in May and have agreed to fund her second year which will begin in September. 

Nokuphila received 72% for her theory exam and 81% for her practicals. Well done, we are all very proud! Nokuphila said 'I was so stressed after the examination as it was very tricky - but they also asked us some questions related to HIV/AIDS as well as questions to things I had practiced while working in the Respite Unit. It helps a lot that I had that experience.'  We can't wait to see how Nokuphila gets on in her second year; her first 6 months will involve a practical block of work in a government hospital. 

 

 

SA Trip

SA Trip

Sarah has now returned from her GAGA trip to South Africa. She has spent three weeks visiting the projects that GAGA supports in Kwa Zulu Natal. You can read more about her trip, and take a look at some of her photos by following this link to her blog. 

Happy Women's Day!

Happy Women's Day!

A very Happy Women's Day to all!!

Today is the day that is set aside in South Africa to all women who have in the past made a difference to their country, and to those who continue to do so. 

On this day in 1956 20,000 women marched to petition against the Apartheid regime's Pass Laws which required South African's defined as 'black' to carry an internal passport which contributed to segregation.

The women marched and left petitions signed by over 100000 people at the doors of the Prime Minister. They sang a protest song which now has come to represent women's strength and courage in South Africa: 'Wathint'Abafazi Wathint'imbokodo',  "you strike a woman, you strike a rock". 


 

 

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