Whilst exploring new projects, and new opportunities to help, you can come across some amazing organisations. We would call them flagships - they are an example of how projects should be run, and demonstrate that with the correct focus and management you can have a real impact on those you are helping, and improve the community where you are based. Often GAGA will form a relationship with these organisations, so that we can continue to learn from them and share ideas. Because of this we have created links between our GAGA projects and these flag ship projects, so that knowledge can be pooled.
As a mark of appreciation for the time these projects give us, and the sharing of experience and knowledge, GAGA has made one-off-donations to the following projects. We feel these donations show that we value their work but are aware that they do not need our ongoing support and that we are better focusing on those organisations that need to achieve the same status as the flagship organisations. To see more of these projects please visit the “one- off beneficiaries” gallery section, or visit their respective websites.
** GAGA prides itself on flexibility and its pragmatism. If you know of an organisation in South Africa you wish to donate to, and have no channel to do so, please talk with us and, provided the project is aligned with our objectives, we will do our utmost to help.
KwaEd - Education Fund
This project is for children whose parents/guardians cannot afford to pay their school fees or buy their school uniforms or stationery. Because of this, these children are unable to attend school. We are currently catering for Primary and Secondary Schooling and this project pays the children’s school fees and buys their uniforms and stationery. This project also offers mentoring to the children, enabling us to connect with them on a personal level. We also regularly assess the children to ensure they benefit from being on the programme. We know that an education will equip these children with the opportunity to achieve their goals in life and reach their full potential. Education will provide them with a platform to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
HIV/AIDS and Mobile Clinic
Greytown lies central to many rural areas and provides essential services to these communities. Over the past year a group of pastors from these areas have been trained in leadership by Shalom Fellowship. One of the greatest needs identified is the care of community members with HIV/AIDS. Shalom Fellowship has equipped the churches through training in HIV and will continue to teach them about home based care and other healthcare issues. Shalom Fellowship involvement will be on a support level, to provide training and resources such as medical supplies and food.
Shalom Fellowship mobile clinic also travels around the rural areas offering an HIV testing facility. This gives individuals the dignity and information they need to protect themselves and others.
Lily of the Valley (2011)
Since 1993 Lily of the Valley has been providing love, care, and support to children abandoned or orphaned due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Their mission is to raise sustainable servant leaders for healthy communities. This is done through strategic intervention in the Social, Education and Physical (medical, food and clothing) spheres. Lily of the Valley is an example to any NPO working with similar communities. They have created revenue streams whilst creating employment, and also run a free clinic. One of their projects - market gardening and production of tomatoes, helps Lily of the Valley sustain itself with out third-party finance, which isn't surprising as they produce over 1.2 tonnes of tomatoes a week in the winter, and 2.2 tonnes a week in the summer. We have met several times with the management of Lily of the Valley and a good relationship has formulated.
Gold PE (2011)
GOLD was founded in September 2004 to respond pro-actively to the increasing incidence of HIV infections and risk behaviour amongst youth and its negative impact on education and communities at large. This was done with a sense of urgency to do justice to the scale and rate of such infections, while still accepting the reality that sustained and positive behaviour change requires significant investment of time, resources and one-on-one mentorship and support.
GOLD’s core strategy is to mobilize influential teenage and young adult leaders to be positive role models and agents of change in their schools and communities. They do this through rolling out the GOLD Model and facilitating its multiplication and quality implementation within selected communities in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia.
GOLD carefully assesses, selects and collaborates with community-based organisations to implement GOLD aligned peer education programmes in their individual communities, in collaboration with schools and community sites. GOLD trains and mentors these organizations over 8 years to work intensively over 3-5 years with the same youth.
Hillcrest AIDS Centre (2011)
The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust is a faith-based ministry that has grown to become a multi-faceted HIV/AIDS project. This project attempts to address the impact of the devastating HIV/AIDS pandemic in a practical and holistic way. The mission of the organization is, and always has been, to show unconditional love to all infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in a practical way.
All aspects of the HACT project have arisen out of an observed need. That is, where a need has been witnessed, a plan has been put in place to attempt to meet the need in a way that uplifts and empowers, rather than judges and demoralises.
Hillcrest AIDS Centre is one of the most amazing projects we at GAGA have ever encountered. They are an example to us all and they have so much they can teach other organisations in getting it right and doing it properly. Each time we have visited they have be willing to help us with questions and queries . This is an organisation that GAGA is very happy to be connected with.