ActionAid Blog

Nepal might be slipping from the headlines, but the needs of survivors are still just as urgent. We've been overwhelmed at how incredible your support has been, helping us reach almost 80,000 people with essentials supplies so far. 

But there is so much more to do, and we need to keep up the momentum. Below are three things you can do. Will you help?

Homes destroyed by the Nepal earthquake.
Homes destroyed by the Nepal earthquake in the Panga region on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Photo: ActionAid

1) Donate online to our Nepal appeal

The easiest way to support our emergency response is to donate online. It only takes two minutes and if you use the social share buttons afterwards you can encourage friends to donate too. 

£50 could buy 20 blankets for homeless families like Sabina and her 3-month-old baby to sleep under. However small or large – every donation will make a difference.

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On average women spend 2,100 days on their period during their lifetime.  So let’s talk about them.
 
A year ago I wrote a blog about periods; 'The worst period of her life: putting myself in her shoes'. Thousands of people have read the blog and continue to do so regularly, which makes me confident it’s something people are ready to talk about at last. A year on, and after hearing stories like Suljhana's from Nepal, I thought it was time to readdress the topic – seeing as it's Menstrual Hygiene Day.
 

Women like Suljhana, 30, in Nepal, are struggling to cope with their periods after the Nepal earthquakes
Women like Suljhana, 30, in Nepal, are struggling to cope with their periods after the Nepal earthquakes
Photo: Manish Malla/ActionAid

Why do sanitary pads matter in a crisis? 

Lots of people commented on the blog, some questioning whether women and girls’ lack of sanitary products was one of the most important things to deal with in a refugee camp or crisis, when people have lost their homes, their belongings and sometimes their friends and family.
 

As one of the Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign, Emily Pemberton has just returned from a fact-finding trip to Ghana, where almost half a million children are missing out on school. As world leaders have been meeting at the World Education Forum in Korea to decide on new targets for global education, Emily reports on what it was like meeting young people being denied a future.

Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign, Emily (left) and George (right), meet girls from Ninkogo Primary School who are campaigning for improvements in local education.
Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign, Emily (left) and George (right), meet girls from Ninkogo Primary School who are campaigning for improvements in local education.
Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah/ActionAid

While I was in Ghana I met Lariba, in Bawku, in the remote north, where children have far from predictable daily routines. Lariba is only eleven years old but she told me how rather than go to school, she helps her mother collect cow dung to be sold as fertilizer to local farmers.

This week ActionAid teamed up with Greenpeace and its most famous ship, the Rainbow Warrior, to deliver aid to cyclone-struck Vanuatu.

Rainbow Warrior welcome to Vanuatu

Posted by Mike Fincken on Sunday, May 17, 2015

 

The Rainbow Warrior set sail from Sydney three weeks ago to reach Vanuatu.  The South Pacific Ocean island nation - made up of 82 islands - was devastated by Cyclone Pam two months ago.  The cyclone killed 24 people, destroyed nearly all of the nation's food crops and left many people homeless.

This week, NIRBHAYA the Play makes its return to the London stage after a tour which has taken it to India and New York. Its appearance a year ago left a marked impression on me and indeed many of the audience.

2014's cast members and director of the play 'Nirbhaya' by ActionAid's installation
2014's cast members and director of the play 'Nirbhaya' by ActionAid's installation
Photo: ActionAid

The play's being shown at the Southbank Centre from Thur 21 to Sun 24 May. The idea for the production came from the shocking story of Jyoti Singh. On 16 December 2012 this young woman boarded a bus in New Delhi with a male friend. The brutal gang rape that followed was shocking. Jyoti later died from her injuries. People around the world were absolutely enraged and men and women took to the streets in India to demand justice for Jyoti.

When ActionAid supporter and actor James Purefoy heard about the two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal, he immediately donated to our Nepal Emergency Appeal, and then he took time out of his busy filming schedule to record this special video message.

Watch James Purefoy's video message and donate to support ActionAid's Nepal Emergency Appeal
Photo: ActionAid

 

As James says, we've been on the ground in Nepal since the first earthquake struck, working round the clock witth local staff and partners to help survivors.

And thanks to our generous supporters we've already reached 77,000 people with essential survival kits in some of the hardest hit rural areas, with food, water, hygiene kits, groundsheets and mattresses.