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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 - 2015

The Wycombe Waterloo Well, Sierra Leone

The Wycombe Waterloo Well, Sierra Leone

To find out all the latest news from Alan and his work in Sierra Leone, which is supported by GAGA, click here.

Alan has been working hard securing funding for a number of projects. GAGA has in the past provided funding towards his work in Sierra Leone; he has also found fundings from the High Wycombe Rotary Club, as explained in the attached document. Thank you to all those who support Alan, GAGA and these very worthwhile projects. 

Great day for a braai...

Great day for a braai...

Well, the weather was absolutely fantastic on Friday for our final South Africa BBQ of the year. Thanks to all who came along and supported us. It was great to meet those from Springfield Mind, our new neighbours; as well as meeting some new faces from businesses all along Timothy's Bridge Road. We managed to raise funds for our work in Africa, as well as spreading the word about the Remembering Tree and GAGA in general. 
We had a great team of volunteers helping out - thanks to all of them. Jeff, who has volunteered for GAGA for over 18 months came along. Denise regularly volunteers for GAGA and Angie (Trustee Ann's daughter) who also regularly supports us, were there to help with cooking, serving, cleaning and everything else that needed to be done! We also had new volunteer Will who took some great photos of the BBQ for us; you can see more of the photos by clicking here

 

Happy Heritage Day!!

Happy Heritage Day!!

Happy Heritage Day to all South Africans!
Today is a public holiday in South Africa and is a day in which all South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their cultural traditions, and to accept others; it's a day to celebrate the great diversity in South Africa of cultures, beliefs and traditions. 

We hope everyone at the projects we support in South Africa has a fantastic public holiday and celebrates all things wonderful about South Africa. 

Some also know Heritage Day as Braai Day. The Braai4Heritage initiative calls upon South Africans to celebrate their common roots by having a braai (BBQ) on Heritage Day. 

In the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu 'We're going to have this wonderful thing on the 24th of this month... when we all gather round one fire... It's a fantastic thing, a very simple idea. Irrespective of your politics, of your culture, of your race, of your whatever, hierdie ding doen ons saam (this thing we do together)... just South Africans doing one thing together, and recognising that we are a fantastic nation.'

Come and join us at the GAGA office for our South African BBQ tomorrow, from 11.30 until 2. Pre-order from Sarah on 01789772686. 


South African Braai

South African Braai

Next Friday we will be holding our third and final South African BBQ of the year. 
The past two BBQs have been so successful this year, drawing people in from many local businesses. The BBQ will be from 11.30 until 2 - or until we sell out. Be sure to email or phone with your orders, to save you time and to reserve the fast selling ostrich burgers. Our last BBQ was a sell out!
There will also be a small raffle and other optional extras on the day - there is even talk of Sarah's brownies making a come back. 
If you're around in Stratford please pop by (50 Cygnet Court, Timothy's Bridge Road). 

First Step Right Vegetable Garden Progress

First Step Right Vegetable Garden Progress

The vegetable garden at First Step Right Low Primary School is looking fantastic!

Xolani from Hillcrest AIDS Centre, recently visited the school to assist the gardener, teachers and children with a few gardening tips! We hope this will keep them motivated to care for the garden, as well as arming them with the knowledge to do so. 

We think it looks great and are so excited to hear about the first crops from the garden being tried and tested. We'll keep you updated!

South Africa to host Commonwealth Games 2022

South Africa to host Commonwealth Games 2022

Durban, South Africa has been selected to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022! We are excited to hear the news and hope that the Games will bring positive media attention to South Africa and KZN, as well as more jobs and an increase in tourism. 

This will be the first time in the 85 year history of the games that they will be held in an African country. "I'm excited, the city is excited" said the bid chairperson Mark Alexander. 90% of the facilities are already in place. Read more here

The news however, has also sparked some concerns that too much money will be spent on the games which instead could be diverted towards essential services such as education. Read more about these doubts here. Here at GAGA we are keeping positive however, and are excited to see the good things the games could do for Durban, KZN, South Africa and Africa!

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