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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 - August - 2017

Fancy a Challenge?

Fancy a Challenge?

There are loads of great, fun and challenging ways to raise money for charity these days.

Want to try something different whilst raising funds for your favourite cause? Why not take a look at our events page where you can find out more about Going Loopy or becoming a Wolf!

Click here to find out more.

Tragedy hits in Sierra Leone

Tragedy hits in Sierra Leone

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the recent mudslide in Sierra Leone. 499 people so far have lost their lives, with 600 still missing and more than 3,000 who have lost their homes. As Alan says: 'It is such a tragedy, especially after the ebola situation, and it seems so unfair that a country that has so little has to ensure so much.'

GAGA Trustee Alan supports 4 schools in the Freetown are of Sierra Leone. We are sad to have heard that 8 children attending these schools, lost their lives in the recent emergency. 6 of the children had attended the Liverpool School and 2 the Banbury International School. These children were visiting family in the area where the mudslide took place. When the schools return in September, there may be more sad news to share.

Our thoughts are with the families and schools of these 8 children.

Something to bring a smile to your face...

Something to bring a smile to your face...

Need something to make you smile? Take 5 minutes out today, to watch this wonderful video...

In June GAGA's Sarah was joined on a trip to South Africa by a  group of 6 students from the University of Leeds, as well as Laura who works at the University.

The students were able to visit the projects we support in South Africa, and got involved in a wide variety of tasks. They also had the chance to explore some of the wonderful Kwa Zulu Natal.

One of the students, Lizzie Heiser, put together this video showing the group's adventure, with Katie Allen, Katie Brown, Esther Koh, Tabitha Hawes, Mos and Laura Pearson.

This video is a student's perspective of the trip, and shows a snapshot of the happy memories they'll take away from their time in South Africa.

The students also did some fundraising prior to the trip and raised over £850 for GAGA UK in total.


Watch the video here.

Philani's Story - An Update

Philani's Story - An Update

Back in May we brought you Philani's Story from 1000 Hills Community Helpers.

Dawn, founder and Director at 1000 Hills shared a story of hope and success from this community care centre. It reminded up of just how important the 1000 Hills Community Helpers Centre is and we wanted to share it with you once again.

Back in April, Philani arrived at 1000 Hills. He was severely malnourished and under-weight. Philani had tragically lost both his parents who had been shot when he was only a few months old.

With no other family, a neighbour took him under her care. She brought him to the centre, to visit the clinic. At the age of 2 years old he weighed just 6kg.

1000 Hills decided that they would care for him for the week so they could monitor his health. He was put in to Rosie's class, in the toddlers section at the school. Since he has been at the centre his health has improved drasticallys and his weight has increased to 9.1kg. He absolutely loves his food and of course his wonderful teacher.

We're so grateful that 1000 Hills is working hard and supporting people within the surrounding communities. Each year we provide funding for their clinic, enabling them to continue supporting all ages have access to health care and support. Thanks to your support and your donations, this funding can continue.

1000 Hills recently shared an updated photo of Philani, shown below. This week, they say "he is doing so well and just loves his food. He came to the offie to see if Gogo Dawn has a sweetie for him. Look at that mischievous face!"

No. 9 School gets a lick of Paint

No. 9 School gets a lick of Paint

No. 9 School is a small pre-school with just over 65 children registered. They are based in the No. 9 community, in the valley close to First Step Right School.

GAGA UK have kept in contact with Promise, the school principal, over the years after much support from our donors. The school building was completed after funds were raised by George Mullan in Ireland, along with his friends, family and church. Since then we have kept a keen eye on their progress. The school now receive funding from the government's Department of Social Development.

The school however, was in need of a lick of paint both inside and out. GAGA Ambassadors Colin (and soon Karen) are out in South Africa with a team of wonderful volunteers who spent a couple of days improving the classrooms. They now look so much better and will provide a cleaner learning environment for the children at the school. What a great job!!

With huge thanks as always, to all of our donors and supporters. With special thanks to the Morrison Ambassador Team and to George and Barbara Mullan.

The outside of the school building prior to being painted: the paint was chipped and peeling away

Hard at work at No. 9

Ithembalihle thanks YOU

Ithembalihle thanks YOU

Our agreed transition period with Spirit of Africa has now come to an end and this UK based charity will now be fully supporting Ithembalihle home and pre-school.

GAGA UK have supported this project for over 5 years and in the past 2 years have begun an agreed transition in partnerhsip with Spirit of Africa.

We're thrilled that Spirit of Africa can continue to provide funding and support to this amazing project. This charity is currently solely dedicated to Ithembalihle and we're sure that their dedication will take the project from strength to strength.

We'll be sure to follow their progress and keep you updated.

Thank you for your support of Ithembalihle over the years, particularly to those who have been heavily involved with the building projects there. Over the past few years, much has been achieved. A GAGA volunteer team helped to build a dormitory block. A pre-school building was also built and you have helped provide for the children living and being educated at the project.

It wouldn't have been possible without you.

You can read more about Ithembalihle here and find out about Spirit of Africa here.

You can also watch a special video here, made just for you, from Ithembalihle children thanking you for your support and commitment.

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