Monitoring Trip: Southern Africa

Over October and November, Uppi and Daniel Watts (GDG Consultant) visited Watoto and the Irene Gleeson Foundation in Uganda and went onto to Mozambique and South Africa to visit our partners there. Across the majority of these projects the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children, youths and adults are being changed through education, temporary care, nutrition & health programs and associated projects.

In Uganda, time was spent planning future growth with two of our largest and long standing partners Watoto (J210, J416 & J329) and the Irene Gleeson Foundation (J746 & J747). GDG is confident in the competence, focus and passion of the executive team at the project.

In Mozambique a small amount of time was spent visiting a Micro-finance institution (J495) that assists the poorest of the poor entrepreneurs in its surrounding locality – a much needed service.

South Africa, though clearly displaying progress in the last two decades, showed the disparity between the rich and poor. Our partners there through a variety of services selflessly address this growing disparity, engaging their wider community and local governments to do so (J586, J780, J682, J826). For the Africa Team, this monitoring trip closed the year, and we look forward to working with all of our partners in the coming year.