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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 - November - 2012

St John’s Priory, Banbury - Cake sale

St John’s Priory, Banbury - Cake sale

Last Friday, Children in Need day, the pupils and staff held a cake sale at the school but decided to raise funds for the children in need at Ithembalihle, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.

The day was fine so the sale was held in the playground with the pupils queuing to buy their favourite cakes. Many of the children also donated their loose change to the appeal and as a result a total of £150.45 was raised to support the children at Ithembalihle.

On behalf of Goodwill & Growth for Africa and everyone at Ithembalihle we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the pupils, parents and staff for their continued support in helping us to “make a real difference”.  Since the school first began supporting Ithembalihle in September 2010 they have raised a total of £2,544.50.

Great Results for First Step Right

Great Results for First Step Right

As you may know, First Step Right has always been in jeopardy, as the ownership of the building they are occupying was in question. Firstly this has now been resolved; the abattoir that owned the building has now been sold and the new owners, Frey’s Meats are fully in support of First Step Right.

After lengthy discussion, and correspondence between GAGA and the new owners, they agreed to support First Step Right. After a meeting with them during a project update visit in October 2011, they joined Charlie at the school and it was agreed they would endeavour to renovate the building.

After a false start, at no fault of Frey’s Meats, GAGA or First Step Right, Phase one and two of work has now completed. Initially Frey’s Meats agreed to make the building safe, water tight, more sanitary and repairing the roof, all to be completed in Phase One of the works . The total financial commitment by Frey’s meats to date is R59, 265 (Est. £5,500).

Because of the commitments made by Frey’s meats, the Board of trustees for GAGA decided that they would fund all necessary work not contained in Phase One.  Phase Two which would see more internal works completed including fitting a new solar boiler - possibly two. This means GAGA’s financial contribution towards the renovations totals R87, 080 (Est. £8,000).

GAGA’s contribution has been made up of general funds but also donations and fundraising efforts from dedicated supporters and we are truly grateful for all your help. A special thank you must go to Irene and Cheryl in Brechin, Christine Klaassen in London, The Macknell Trust, Brechin, and many others who have remained committed to the project and understand the complications we have faced.

We are delighted to be working with Frey’s meats. We hope that in the future they will take over the funding of the project, and as such a South African business will be caring for its immediate community, of which there is a desperate need.

We believe this illustrates that GAGA’s work is not just about supporting projects but also encouraging new funders to get involved with specific projects. We committed the funds for Phase Two as we recognised the need to see the school in a better condition, but to also show our continued commitment to Frey’s meats. We believe that is important as we are anxious to maintain a working relationship of equal value, whilst the transition of support continues to ensure a secure future for the school, the project, staff, teachers and most importantly the children.

From success to success @ Zimele

From success to success @ Zimele

Earlier this year we funded Zimele to expand their project into a new area of South Africa. The work Zimele is doing and what they are achieving is groundbreaking and remarkable. It is a system, which has the potential to spread. GAGA gave Zimele £5,000 to launch their programme in a new area of South Africa. They did this in a town called Mtubutuba which roughly three to four hours NE of Durban. Zimele has worked to train and educate groups of mainly women (as unfortunately the men of the community don’t see the potential) to become entrepreneurs, to stand on their own two feet and there are many varied ways they are doing this. The spin off has been incredible; from pre-school, to farms, to jam making, B&B’s and the craft programmes.

These groups then form together and save collectively. The admin of each group is controlled by the group themselves. They open their own accounts; they take it in turns to hold the ledger and banking the money. The ladies of each group can then borrow against the savings and the default rate is extremely low, as you are essentially borrowing, from your friends and neighbours. I have simplified the model, but hopefully you get the idea. (You can read in more detail here)

The move to the new area was funded by GAGA and another funding body. The effects are already been seen. There are now 11 functioning Self-Help Groups in Mtubatuba which include 123 people, 119 women and 4 men. Between them they have saved nearly R23, 000 (Est. £2,300). They have borrowed over R19,000 (Est. £1,900) in 151 loans which put to variety of uses. They have paid back R11, 481 (Est. £1,148). They have started new businesses and increased their household income and stability.

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