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Hear the jubilation - Ithembalihle house is finsihed

Hear the jubilation - Ithembalihle house is finsihed

Finally the children of Ithembalihle have now moved into their new home. The house was completed by the end of 2011, but the only road leading to Ithembalihle had continually got worse to a point where it was almost impassable. As such, getting the furniture to the house had proven a continued difficulty. However, we finally overcame the obstacles and now the children have been enjoying their new home for the past few weeks. The pictures say it all!! Thank you to everyone who contributed, supported, donated and volunteered. None of it would have been possible without with you.

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Alan gives his account of his recent trip, to South Africa

Alan gives his account of his recent trip, to South Africa

Alan (GAGA Vice Chairman of Trustees) gives his account of, an amazing trip to South Africa. Alan was pivotal in organising the trip. He has already funded and built two schools in Sierra Leone. His newsletter gives a great account of the two weeks he spent in South Africa, with the other volunteers and at Ithembalihle.

Alan’s Account (South Africa, Building Trip October 2011)

Banbury Cross Round Table Donate £500 to Ithembalihle

Banbury Cross Round Table Donate £500 to Ithembalihle

Banbury Cross Round Table, has just committed £500 to the building at Ithembalihle. One of their members Barry Gascoigne will be joining the building team at the end of September along with his partner Liz Lakin. Less than 4 weeks until departure now!

More generosity “From Shetland with Love”

More generosity “From Shetland with Love”

We had a fantastic conversation today with Mona the founder of “From Shetland with Love” They have committed £1000 to Ithemablihle to assist with the new building and to help us furnish it. It’s fantastic to have support from all over the UK; even more so from some of the remotest and most northerly.  

1st Grimsbury Scouts  pedal for Itembalihle

1st Grimsbury Scouts pedal for Itembalihle

2 teams from 1st Grimsbury Scouts took part in a 24 hour pedal car event at Shenington Circuit, near Banbury last weekend in support of the Itembalihle building project. The group have been supporting  the work of our Trustee Alan, in Sierra Leone for the last 2 years, but after a presentation earlier this year about his work in South Africa they decided to support the Itembalihle building project this year.

The group, due to their age range, are restricted to compete for ONLY 18 hours but from midday to midnight on Saturday and from 6am to midday on Sunday the scouts pedalled their 2 cars around the 595 metre circuit having fun, working together & developing their team building skills and raising funds for a project they have chosen to support

The group obtained personal sponsorship and we will report further on the event when we know the total sum raised BUT in the meantime thanks to all the scouts, leaders and parents for their fantastic support.

“From Shetland with Love” gives Ithemablihle the Gift of Light

“From Shetland with Love” gives Ithemablihle the Gift of Light

GAGA is very happy to announce that “From Shetland with Love” a wonderful organisation up in the Shetlands has funded the installation of power to Ithembalihle. Currently the small Orphanage depends on a small petrol generator which is costly, dirty and noisy. They use candles for light which are extremely dangerous and don’t offer the best light to do work in.   Now happily they can be connected to the main grid and enjoy the benefits of electricity - something we all take for granted. However, when we build the new dormitory we are hoping to introduce solar power which will reduce the cost of electricity and provide a more sustainable future.

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