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Put an extra spring in your step...
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Hello from GAGA...
Thanks for continuing to support GAGA UK. You are helping us to Make A Difference, we're so grateful to you. 

 
Spring is really settling in now, as I sit and write this with the sunshine pouring in to the office. To add to that lovely spring in your step, please read on to find out more about our projects and fundraising efforts over the past few months...
Sarah has recently returned from a very busy (and very warm!) trip to South Africa. She spent time at each of the GAGA supported projects in Kwa Zulu Natal. You can read more about the visit (and see more photos) by clicking here. 
Sarah was joined by Molly, a self-funded volunteer from Scotland. Molly visited SA last year and helped to build the FSR Veggie Garden, with the group from Dingwall Academy. Since then, she's been eager to return.
Molly helped Sarah with a variety of tasks. She also delivered some first aid sessions to children at FSR, and spent time at the clinic at 1000 Hills (as she is going on to study medicine, this was especially interesting). 

These visits are a great opportunity for Sarah to find out more about what's happening at the projects, and build on the relationships with those working so hard in South Africa to make a difference. 
If you have any questions about her trip, please do get in touch.

Thank you...

Thank you to St John's Priory, Banbury, who again raised funds through their harvest festival, for GAGA UK. This money has  been put to good use at Ithembalihle pre-school, providing new resources for the children attending there. They raised a brilliant £288.63. Find out more

A huge thank you also to Irene and Cheryl, our wonderful Ambassadors from Scotland. They have pulled off another wonderful Gilbert and Sullivan evening, raising £789.63 for us. Wow! Find out more

Thank you to all those at the Warwickshire Federation of WI's Annual Council Meeting; we sold some lovely items of craft and bead work (all the way from South Africa), raising just over £300. Find out more. 

Did you know?

At GAGA we have a lot of experience of working in South Africa, and the majority of projects we support are based there, but... that's not the only country where you are helping to make a difference.
We support projects in Tanzania and Sierra Leone.
We also support an education project in Swaziland. Due to a number of GAGA regular givers and Big Red Recruitment, we are able to help children attend secondary school, who would otherwise not have the chance. Get in touch to find out more or support this project. 

The Swazi Education Fund

The Education Fund is now supporting 24 students through secondary school. Wow!! Many of these are the same children that were supported last year, as we continue to support them through their education. We have also added new children, as some either finished school, or dropped out (due to various circumstances).
Sierra Leone
There's been a lot of progress at the schools in Sierra Leone, supported by GAGA trustee Alan. You can find out more by clicking here
Thank you to all who attended and supported our Meerkat Race Night. We raised a fantastic £1180.87, after a few small costs. We hope this will soon be topped up by Lloyds Bank Match funding. 
Special thanks to
Ferrets 2000 and sponsors The Bridge at Bidford, Go Cotswolds, Warner's Budgens, and Theo Papatheodorou. 

KYGN - Tanzania

Last year, GAGA provided funding to KYGN Tanzania to help build a safe house for up to 30 children. The building is now complete, and this year GAGA have agreed to continue supporting KYGN and have provided funding to help cover the running costs of the dormitory. For just £2500 they are able to employ two mamas to look after the children, as well as provide food, clothing, shelter and meet medical costs, for the entire year!
The safe house is crucial as it provides shelter and care for children who need it most, whilst KYGN also work hard to get those children back in to safe homes in the community. Only recently, the children's authorities contacted KYGN to ask whether immediate shelter could be given to three children, under the age of 7. This is a sad reality, but at least the safe house is there to provide care for children in this situation. To find out more click
here. 
In 2014/15 we sent over £110,000 to a variety of charity projects in Africa, helping to alleviate poverty through supporting education, healthcare, welfare and empowerment projects. Click on the picture below to see the image in more detail. Find out more. 

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To YOU <<First Name>>, thank you. We continue to support a variety of projects, helping to alleviate the effects of poverty on the vulnerable in Africa; without your regular support and donations, we couldn't do it. 
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