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News Archive - September - 2017

Full house at HOLAH

Full house at HOLAH

HOLAH are having a busy time at the moment and have a (more than) full house.

HOLAH is the main project of Likhon iThemba, a great organisation in Durban, South Africa. HOLAH is a safe-have that exists to provide love and care for abandoned, neglected or orphaned babies until they can be placed with adoptive families.

They currently have a volunteer visiting. You can read about Mike's experiences here on our blog.

Mike, along with Leanne, Jodie-Lee and other HOLAH volunteers recently went to a homeless shelter in Durban. As well as caring for babies in need, Likhon iThemba try to assist others who are struggling. They get donations of food and clothing, and share whatever they can't use to help the babies. At this shelter recently they found a 6 year old girl and her baby brother who were being severely neglected. With the police's permission, they took the two children to hospital and are now caring for them at home to ensure they get fit and healthy. They will work with social services to reach the best outcome for these children.

This week (after just a week of being at HOLAH), the little girl has started school and is blossoming. HOLAH say: 'yesterday I was leaving and out of nowhere I got a "bye, thank you, love you"... so incredible having this child blossom so much in 1 week, watching her absorb things like a child should, and being so loved by everyone around her. She has an incredibly bright future ahead and we are so lucky to be apart of this journey.'

If you are able, please make a donation here to help care for this little girl and the others at HOLAH. It costs just £65 a month to care for one child at HOLAH.

HOLAH Volunteer Visits Shelter...

HOLAH Volunteer Visits Shelter...

We wanted to share an incredibly honest and open account from Jodie-Lee Donnison, who volunteers at HOLAH, in South Africa.

This organisation support a wide variety of projects. Mainly, they provide a house of love for abandoned or orphaned babies, hunting for forever homes for them. They also support creches and individuals in need in the local area. You can click here to read Jodie-Lee's account of a recent visit to a homeless shelter.

It is a tough read, but reflects the reality for many in Durban and beyond, and provides one of the many reasons for why we continue to fundraise to support projects doing great things in South Africa.

We're proud that we were able to support HOLAH with a loan at the end of last year, thanks to you, to set up their Charity Hop Shop. We hope we can continue to support them in to the future.



Hana passes £1,000 mark...

Hana passes £1,000 mark...

Hana Smiddy has recently joined the GAGA fundraising 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). Sarah also went along to the Beaver's Group which Hana works with, to talk to them about First Step Right. Hana decided she wanted to go to the school for herself, and see what life is like in South Africa.

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 at her local Beavers group, at various projects including First Step Right.

In the run- up to her visit, she aims to raise £2,500! And she's already well on her way, having recently surpassed £1,000!! Wow! What an achievement, thank you Hana!

Hana recently kayaked over 21 miles, circum-navigating Lake Windemere. She will also be taking on the Winter Wolf Run.

We'll keep you updated along the way. You can find out more about Hana's fundraising, and show your support, by clicking here.

Did you miss it?

Did you miss it?

Did you receive your quarterly news email straight to your inbox on Friday? We certainly hope so!!

There was news from 1000 Hills, Ithembalihle, and Hillcrest AIDS Centre as well as updates from some of our fundraisers.

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