This is the second  impact report written under the shadow of Covid-19.  South Africa is poised on the brink of a third wave and highly likely to revert to a level 2 lockdown very soon.  The projects we support in KwaZulu Natal have adapted brilliantly to the pandemic but the last twelve months have not been without tragedy.  Sadly we lost two amazing women from the “GAGA family” in early 2021, Promise from Number 9 Creche to Covid-19 and Nolly, a scholarship student to a brain tumour.  These two inspirational leaders will be sadly missed. The situation in Tanzania was much less clear, since reporting ceased in May 2020. However, our KYGN project continues to be prudent in their approach to protecting the staff and children with social distancing and hygiene policies.

2020/21 gave us quite a challenge, how to maintain income without our fundraising events?  Well, we went online with quizzes, challenge events and party nights.  We made facemasks and bunting from shweshwe fabric to sell on Facebook marketplace. Our wonderful supporters contributed to crowd funders and appeals in a truly magnificent way. We also received lots of support “in kind” from marketing and media experts.  As a result we’re delighted to report income was 95% of the total achieved in 2019/20 and we were just able to fulfill our project commitments. Service delivery remains a challenge for all our projects so we continue to look at ways to grow our income  across 2021.  Get in touch if you can help! Thank you all, Claire

You can read the whole report here GAGA UK Impact Report 2020/21