Child sponsorship benefits the whole village
Sponsoring a child doesn’t just help them; it helps other children and their families improve their lives too. Our sponsorship staff at the projects understand what the greatest needs are: whether they are food, clean water, an education, or healthcare. So they are best placed to work with communities to put lasting solutions in place.
Our child sponsors have a very personal connection, and get a unique insight into the lives of the children they sponsor and the communities that benefit.
Six-year-old Lariab in Pakistan loves making pictures for her sponsor twice a year. She said: “Today I learned how to use different colours and make prints with potatoes and onions – I have never done this before! I have been telling all my friends about it. Thank you ActionAid for letting us play with colours and make such nice things!”
Working through local people
Almost all of the people and partners who run our programmes are from the developing world. This means our staff are on the ground experiencing poverty at first hand. We see day-to-day how poverty affects people’s lives, and are uniquely placed to give a voice to the women and children who suffer most.
ActionAid’s Fellowship Programme supports young people who want to improve their rural communities, and gives women a say in decisions that affect their lives. In Myanmar we’ve supported 600 fellows to develop village plans, which allow them to record detailed information about issues such as girls’ access to education and women’s rights.
Fellows’ plans are now being used by local governments to improve communities. One of our youngest female fellows, 19-year-old Khin Soe, says: “The course opened my eyes - before I just accepted these problems. I’d never tried to analyse the causes and what we could do about them.”
Building lasting change
We don’t impose solutions. We listen and work with communities to make sure their voices are heard and that they’re actively involved in solving the problems they face. That way we build change that lasts.
We campaign against big global issues to make tax fair everywhere. We tackle endemic and gender-based violence. We fight for women’s rights. In this way, we tackle the root causes of poverty and release the resources needed to drive change.
Rosemary’s school in Zambia is so poor that most children don’t even have desks. The government wants to provide free education but misses out on millions of potential tax because big companies use exploitative loopholes. When services like healthcare and education are underfunded, vulnerable people pay the price — and it usually hits women and girls the hardest.
That’s why we’re campaigning to stop UK companies from tax dodging in countries like Zambia, so that girls like Rosemary can get a decent education and stay on track for a brighter future.
On the frontline
Our local staff respond fast to women and children living in desperate need with the right kind of practical help, be it clean water, food, medicines or healthcare, and a safe place to shelter during an emergency.
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