What we achieved together in 2016
2016 saw a year of turmoil and crisis on the world stage. But through every challenge, we drew inspiration from the strength and determination of the people we work with and encouragement from the support of our donors, campaigners and volunteers.
In these challenging times, we found much to celebrate and much to be thankful for.
2016 in numbers
people in the UK supported our work with a regular gift or donation ￼
raised in support of our global mission to eradicate poverty and injustice ￼
secured through our partnership with the People’s Postcode Lottery to fight FGM and child marriage in Kenya
A success story – staying safe in Zanzibar
More than one in 20 girls in Zanzibar reported experiencing at least one incident of sexual violence before the age of 18, according to a UNICEF report.
Child sponsorship has funded a Girls’ Club in 10-year-old Zeinab’s school where she can learn about her rights and how to protect herself from the risks of widespread sexual danger.
“In the club we talk about violence and we’ve learnt about children’s rights – to get involved, to get an education and to be heard.”
disasters responded to across four continents, supporting over 550,000 people ￼
raised in the UK to support people affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti ￼
grant from the European Union providing urgent assistance to communities facing El Niño-driven drought in Lesotho
A success story – protecting women’s rights in Haiti
Engineer, social worker and mum, Ismene Garconnet is supervising the building of five disaster-proof ActionAid women’s centres in Haiti. Here, women affected by Hurricane Matthew can take shelter, recover from trauma and organise emergency supplies.
A friendly face amidst chaos, Ismene also runs training sessions on techniques women can use to protect each other in emergencies, for example the creation of women-only safe places. “I feel a sense of responsibility. After a disaster, there is more violence against women. It’s important that women know what to do.”
people in the UK took part in our Fearless campaign ￼
government funding secured for frontline groups working to end violence against women and girls
people put pressure on the government to ensure UK treaties Make Tax Fair for poorer countries
A success story – fearless women
For nearly a decade, Nimah has been fighting for women’s rights. As a volunteer at a local women’s organisation in Somaliland, she’s supported a 17-year-old mother who survived rape and saved a woman whose husband gouged out her eyes.
“When I see a man beating his wife, I feel like he is beating me. I can’t tolerate it if a woman is beaten.”
In November 2016, Nimah was one of three women’s rights campaigners who wrote to International Development minister Priti Patel calling for more funding for grassroots women’s groups. The letter was co-signed by over 11,000 UK campaign supporters.
raised by ActionAid supporters in the UK to fund child sponsorship programmes across 35 countries ￼
children across 85 communities helped by UK child sponsorship donations
raised by over 42,000 people in the UK to support ActionAid’s country programmes
A success story — children’s clubs
13-year-old Rathana is a children’s club leader in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia. He’s just one of hundreds here who are volunteering to improve their community.
“I really enjoy helping my friends read and do sums. Because of the training I received from ActionAid, I am a confident leader.”
Child sponsorship from UK donors helped make this possible by funding programmes in education, sustainable farming, disaster risk reduction and women’s rights. As a result, the local student dropout rate has dropped from 21% to 8% and communities run their own forest groups, children’s centres, farming cooperatives, savings clubs and community libraries.
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