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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

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.

Adopt-a-Bed

Adopt-a-Bed

We're thrilled to be supporting Hillcrest AIDS Centre once again this year, sponsoring a bed in their much-needed Respite Unit.

Thank you to them for showcasing our support on their new Adopt-a-bed sign at the unit. You can see a variety of sponsors (and some free slots for sponsors). You can find out more about Hillcrest AIDS Centre and their Respite Unit here.

Why we do what we do - Helping Bheki

Why we do what we do - Helping Bheki

This year, with thanks to our regular donors, major donors and those who supported the Remembering Tree 2015, GAGA UK were able to sponsor a bed at the wonderful Hillcrest AIDS Centre.

They have shared a story from Bheki, who is currently staying at the centre and we think it just gives another reason as to why we want to continue to work hard to support those affected by HIV/AIDS as well as poverty.

Bheki has been at the HACT Repite Unit since June this year; he has started TB treatment and is also HIV positive, so is on ARV treatment. When he arrived at the centre though, many felt it was too late. 'I remember the night he arrived; he was gasping for air and I really did not think he would make it through the night. I thought to myself, this one, he is at the end now, it's too late', says the HACT's Respite Unit Counsellow Thami.

Bheki however, did make it through and 4 months later he is getting well. His recovery will be slow, but he is determined here to make it. Those at HACT make this journey easier. As Bheki tells us 'the people here are amazing. They are interested in you as a person not just as a patient. They ask you about your home and who will be there to help you. They have a lot of understanding and patience towards us - like helping you to put your shoes on, it's no problem to them!'

If you'd like to read Bheki's full story please click here.

If you'd like to support GAGA UK so we can continue to help people like Bheki, by supporting HACT and other projects, please click here to donate.

Malawi Project Completed

Malawi Project Completed

We have just heard from Tony and Sue, Bwengu’s directors that the new home for the Takwonda Sewing group has been completed. Bwengu has been blighted by many difficulties in 2011 with the ongoing political situation in Malawi. With incredible inflation hikes, fuel costs going through the roof or no fuel at all. It’s a true testament to the charity the project has been finished. The project was fulfilled in November. Tony and Sue have recently come back from Malawi and have now sent us pictures of the completed building.

Tony wrote; “At last the building of this project has finely been completed. The external painting and pointing will be completed by end November. The ladies will begin to occupy their new centre and continue making uniforms for St Dominic’s – the new head teacher has commanded that pupils who do not wear uniform cannot sit their end of term exams. Good for business but…… Please don’t tell pupils in UK this or there’ll be a mass exodus…..!”

Click here to see more pictures

Brechin House is Complete

Brechin House is Complete

Brechin House is finished. Please seee our Short-term Project Page for more information. A big Thank You must go to our Brechin Ambassadors as well as the Brechin Community who helped raise the funds to build the house, which is now a home for a well deserving family.

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