Man and woman in front of logo holding a paperAt Goodwill and Growth for Africa (GAGA) UK we believe that we are stronger together and that sustainable, meaningful change is achieved when organisations work together.  For that reason we prioritise building and maintaining links with like-minded organisations, whatever their size.

We hold ourselves to high standards and expect the same of our partner organisations, requiring complete accountability, transparency and credibility. 

We are fortunate to have a long term charity partnership with Citadel Risk, whose support allows us to make substantial funding decisions that, in turn, provide beneficiary organisations with the stability they need for their medium term planning horizon, in particular at 1000 Hills Community Helpers - Primary Healthcare Clinic

Tony Weller, Group Chief Executive of Citadel Risk explains how the partnership with GAGA UK benefits his team:

Knowing that part of what we do in London has a positive impact upon the lives of individuals and communities in some of the toughest social and economic environments in southern Africa unites the team and adds a purposeful dimension to our working day.  We especially enjoy hearing the latest news from GAGA and enjoy coming up with innovative fundraising ideas, like the recent Brave the Shave

You can read more about Citadel Risk here

We have a longstanding partnership with Sangobeg Developments Limited, whose Director, David Morrison has provided the support to enable us to operate the Sangobeg Scholarship Programme which funds individual students in tertiary education and training. David loves to hear about the students' achievements and as he says

it is really great to see what access to education can do; and it's something that we in the UK are too ready to forget  as we are pretty featherbedded against the world's ills, especially compared to South Africa and environs

We're delighted to announce that Richard's new business orgdesignworks have adopted the funding arrangement we had with Qualia Consulting Ltd. We continue to benefit from his professional guidance, helping us to shape the strategic direction of GAGA UK and orgdesignworks will also support one of our projects with a quarterly donation. 

If you run a limited company, you can deduct charitable donations from your taxable profits so it truly is a "win:win" situation. 

Back in October 2021 we were delighted to receive a donation of clothing from 

'I’m Omar and I own VSNARY, a streetwear clothing brand from Birmingham, UK. As a brand it is super important for us to give back, and one way for us to do this was by donating our surplus stock to GAGA UK. We see the challenges that the people of Africa have to face, the effects of poverty and the lack of education for young people in particular is something that really struck a chord with us. Seeing the work that GAGA does to fight these issues is truly inspirational, and we are so proud to be able to contribute to that in any way that we can.’

After some months of searching we are now very close to agreeing a freight shipment deal and will soon be bringing you photo's of these items reaching 1000 Hills in Inchanga, KwaZulu Natal!  Thank you Omar!

We were delighted to welcome some new business partners in 2021.  Two have come through our membership of Talk Business UK where we hold the charity chair for the Stratford upon Avon group and attend the Talk Charity forum. Several of the Talk Business Stratford members support us with a monthly donation for KYGN and many have helped by providing advice, services and raffle prizes for our events.  Networking at it's best!

Some of the individual members go even further with their support!

The first is Evolve Global who are actively supporting our education programmes, primarily the South African scholarships and the Tanzanian Primary School.  There will be an update from Evolve Global on this page very soon!

The second is Guru You who sponsored a Remembering Tree in 2020 and have recently made a generous donation to match the extra funding that 1000 Hills Community Helpers baby clinic  received to purchase disposable nappies that are so desperately needed following the unrest in early July 2021. Rebecca told us:

We are so proud to support this incredible project supporting a cause that is not receiving the media coverage it deserves. It is so easy to focus on our problems of COVID and the restrictions on lifestyle when many are fighting for their lives. It feels good to offer support where we can and I am so grateful to GAGA UK for giving us the opportunity to make a difference. The thousands of nappies we have bought will bring comfort and hygiene that Mums in the western world take for granted. Here’s to helping baby’s bottoms!!

                                                                                                                                         Following a wonderful LinkedIn post from Mikey local marketing agency, Home of Darwin Colin from Adiuvo got in touch and generously offered to sponsor a whole class at KYGN through their primary schooling.  The first year has been wonderful, as the children have settled into school and they've enjoyed sending video messages to their sponsor.  We are so excited about this long term collaboration.  Thank you Colin and all at Adiuvo! 

In addition to business charity partners we also have a strong connection with two local Rotary Clubs, Stratford and Alcester Aluna.  GAGA and Rotary have worked together on a number of initiatives in the years of our association and we are very grateful for their unstinting support.

Alcester Aluna Rotary Club run Big Breakfast fundraisers twice a year and the GAGA team are always on hand to help out and we are honoured to be one of the chosen charities for this wonderful event!  Stratford upon Avon Rotary have an International Committee who are very supportive of all that GAGA does and they have funded infrastructure projects in Tanzania and Sierra Leone in conjunction with GAGA UK. In turn, we always help out with their fundraising events, especially the Rotary Shakespeare Marathon and the popular annual Duck Race!