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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 - September - 2014

A catch up with Zimele SA

A catch up with Zimele SA

Here is the lasted newsletter from Zimele SA. Well worth read, to catch up on all the things which have been happening recently.

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Support for HOLAH Baby House, Durban

Support for HOLAH Baby House, Durban

At a board meeting last week the trustees decided to support HOLAH Baby House, which is a place of safety for babies removed from dangerous situations. Often the babies are re-united with extended family. However, many are also adopted, a solution much better than a care home. Most adoptions occur in country with a few children being adopted internationally. Either way adoption is considered one of the best solutions. Recently, because of its success, HOLAH moved premises and GAGA has assisted with some of the renovation costs. Charlie will be in RSA in a few weeks and he will be going to check in on HOLAH. 

Sierra Leone - Ebola Crisis

Sierra Leone - Ebola Crisis

For the past 5 years GAGA has been supporting educational projects in Sierra Leone which are co-ordinated by our Trustee Alan Wolstencroft. This has included the development at 2 schools on the outskirts of Freetown and we have helped fund the building of classrooms and toilet blocks.

Alan works with 3 community schools, none of which are government funded and one of the pre-requisites is that we will fund building projects but not teachers’ salaries, so in this aspect the schools have to self-sustaining. The schools charge all the pupils a nominal termly fee and the income from the fees pay the teacher’s wages.

In Sierra Leone - July and August is their rainy season so there is no school and the students would normally return in early September, however due to the e-bola crisis the government declared a state of emergency banning all public gatherings - including schools. This means that not only are pupils unable to attend school but also fees are not being paid and therefore none of the teachers are receiving a salary. To make matters worse, due to the restrictions on travel and gatherings the cost of living in Sierra Leone has risen by about 20% in the last eight weeks.

We hear so much about the e-bola crisis and whereas we can’t assist with tackling the disease. We can assist those most keenly affected by it and the ramifications of the pandemic. To try and ease the situation for the teachers at the schools GAGA set aside a contingency fund of £1,000 which can be used to pay a subsistence allowance to the teachers. An average monthly salary for a teacher is £30 and the money will be used to help the teachers through this very difficult time. 

South African BBQ huge success

South African BBQ huge success

GAGA UK’s new office which is gifted to us (free of charge) by Big Red Recruitment is situated on a small cul-de-sac of office buildings. There is nowhere to grab some lunch so we rarely meet other people from the surrounding offices. We had no idea what some of the businesses were even doing. So GAGA UK decided to host a South African BBQ on 19th Sept at lunchtime. Despite the awful weather we had a great afternoon and sold out of all our stock. It was extremely well supported by the neighbouring offices and requests of further BBQs were uttered. We met our neighbours and it was great to see other businesses interact. We made connections with two other charities we didn’t even know were based near to us and for the next event we plan to work together. On top of all this we made £173 profit. 

Banbury Guardian reports on Alan's work.

Banbury Guardian reports on Alan's work.

Great piece about Alan's, GAGA Trustee and Vice Chairman, work in Sierra Leone. Alan's work, along with his own tremendous efforts, is also supported by GAGA UK.

Read the article here 

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