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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 - June - 2017

GAGA Email Issues

GAGA Email Issues

Sarah is currently experiencing difficulties accessing her GAGA emails. If you have contacted her she will try to be in touch as soon as possible, but in the mean time please do forward your emails to her on saralhodgson01@gmail.com

Sorry for any difficulties



Sarah is off...

Sarah is off...

GAGA's Sarah is, this Saturday, heading back to South Africa to visit the projects supported there by GAGA. She's excited to see what's been happening over the past few months as well as to find out more about what's coming up in the next year or so.

Sarah will visit each project and will also be joined by a group of self-funded volunteers from the University of Leeds. They are nutrition students and so will be helping with some healthy eating workshops and nutritional analyses, they're also going to get stuck in wherever needed. They're looking forward to learning lots throughout the trip.

Sarah will be out of the office from 16th June. She will be working with GAGA until 6th July and then will be on leave until 16th July. She'll aim to get back to any emails as quickly as possible, but please bear with us whilst she's gone. Thank you.

If you want to read all about her trip you can follow her blog here.

We've got a new Fundraiser!!

We've got a new Fundraiser!!

We've got a new fundraiser! And we're thrilled!

We hope you'll join us in giving Hana Smiddy a warm welcome to the GAGA family. GAGA director Sarah met Hana about a year ago and they got chatting about GAGA's work. It sparked Hana's interest, and through Take Flight Aviation we organised the Loop the Loop Challenge (take part here).

Next year, Hana will be visiting South Africa and spending some time at the projects GAGA supports there. She hopes to use many of her skills, particularly those she's gained working with children and at her local Beavers group, at various projects and in particular at First Step Right School.

In the run-up to her visit, she aims to raise £2,500! What a staggering target and we wish her all the best. She's going to undertake various challenges and we'll keep you updated along the way.

You can find out more about Hana's fundraising, and show your support, by clicking here.

The latest from Sierra Leone

The latest from Sierra Leone

We've received GAGA Trustee Alan's latest newsletter on his work in Sierra Leone, supported by GAGA UK.

Last year, the Woodstock & Kidlington Rotary group set up a 100 club and donated over £1,500 to GAGA UK for a rainwater harvesting system in Sierra Leone. This money, along with some match-funding, has now enabled Alan to help install rainwater harvesting systems on all 4 classrooms at the Banbury International Community School in Waterloo. They've also added a handwash station at the toilet block.

Alan is fundraising for other schools, and has much more going on. You can click here to view Alan's Twitter feed and download more news.

Alan ships donations to Zambia

Alan ships donations to Zambia

GAGA UK Trustee Alan Wolstencroft recently sent 70 boxes of donated childrens clothing, sports kit, knitted baby wear and knitted blankets to the Wye Valley Zambia Project, a project supported by the Rotary Club of Bourne End and Cookham and the Wye Valley Interact Club. They work with a charity called Operation Sunshie who support several communities in Zambia and regularly send shipping containers to the country.

All the items had been donated to Alan to support his work in Sierra Leone as well as elsewhere in Africa through GAGA UK. As there were no plans to ship to either South Africa or Sierra Leone (due to the high costs involved) we decided to support this fantastic project.

The container is still on the water and we hope to get some photos of the items once they have been distributed in country.

GAGA Director Sarah will soon be visiting South Africa and will be taking some knitted donations with her (as much as she can squeeze in her suitcase). If you've donated something to Sarah over the past few months, you should receive some photos in August but drop us an email if not (sarah@gaga-uk.org).

The Fight is not Over

The Fight is not Over

We recently received Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust's (HACT) monthly newsletter. Be sure to keep up with all their news by signing up to receive their updates here.

This year we have supported HACT through sponsoring a bed in their Respite Unit and we are often reminded of why this is so hugely important, and the impact it has on individuals' lives.

Despite so much busy-ness and positivity at the Centre, they have also recently been struck by tragic losses. Working with those affected by HIV/AIDS means that this is a struggle they are often faced with.

A 15 year old boy was recently brought to the Respite Unit, but sadly it was too late for him and he was so sick. His death his the team very hard. Despite the efforts at HACT, the boy's family refused to allow him to get tested and access life-saving ARV treatment which he so desperately needed. This was another reminder for the centre, and for all their supporters, that the fight against the ongoing transmission of HIV/AIDS, and also against the ignorance and stigma surrounding it, is a real one. No one should lose their life because they don't know their status and are denied treatment.

This sad story once again highlights the fragility of life in South Africa and why what GAGA does, along with our supporters and the organisations we partner with, is so important.

If you would like to find out more from Hillcrest AIDS Centre, please visit their website. We continue to be proud of their hard work and strength in such situations. They continue to have hope, and to fight this battle. Well done.

Volunteers Week

Volunteers Week

Today marks the start of Volunteers Week across the UK. This gives us a chance to showcase the amazing work of our volunteers, and of course another chance to say thank you.

To those who fundraise on our behalf, those who volunteer at events or in our office, those who give their time to help with our book-keeping, those who visit and help out at the projects we support in South Africa...

You all make a huge difference to our work in such varied ways, and we wouldn't be able to do what we do without you!

If you feel motivated to support us, there are lots of ways you can get involved. Don't hesitate to get in touch. Click here to visit our Facebook page and see photos of our recent volunteers and what they've been up to!

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