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What you helped us achieve in 2016
Every day we hear incredible stories of how the lives of women and girls are changing for the better.
From the excitement of one girl starting school in Bangladesh, to women-led teams saving lives and rebuilding homes in Haiti, every story of hope and success is made possible by your support.
Here are just a few examples of how your donations helped the most vulnerable women and girls in 2016.
We helped over 555,000 people affected by humanitarian emergencies
…including women like Mary, who coordinates a women’s group in the village of Bavette, one of the parts of Haiti worst hit by Hurricane Matthew when it struck in October 2016.
“I am a nurse at the local health centre but in my spare time I am a women’s community leader. I already had leadership training from ActionAid and when the hurricane hit this really helped because we were able to mobilise and work together. We made sure the most vulnerable, the old people and children, got to safety.
“As well as helping to hand out water and food supplies, I educated women about infection and how they can try and protect themselves and their families from sickness.”
We helped 343,300 farmers to practise climate-resilient farming methods
…including Wubalech in northern Ethiopia. With ActionAid’s support, she runs an all-female organisation providing water to the drought-stricken town of Merkane Birha.
“I feel I’m responsible for everyone. Some women walk up to 12 hours a day to find water,” Wubalech says.
Local staff rehabilitate existing wells and deliver emergency water by truck – we’ve even created a network of ‘water donkeys’ to access hard-to-reach villages.
Over 101,000 women gained more control over the land they farm
.…including women like Polly from Uganda. She joined 27 other women from countries across Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise awareness of the injustices women face in getting equal access to land.
After the trek the women met government and African Union representatives, who they presented with a charter of demands calling for better land rights for women in rural Africa.
“This has increased my energy and courage. If I can climb Kilimanjaro, then I can successfully mobilise my fellow women to say no to the patriarchal beliefs that deny us land control and ownership,” said Polly.
48,000 children were helped through child sponsorship
… including 11-year-old Jharna, who lives in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before she was sponsored through ActionAid, she spent all day outside on the street and was terrifed of the men and boys who threatened and harassed her.
Now Jharna attends school every day, as well as visiting a children’s centre funded by UK sponsorship where she learns about her rights and plays with her friends. Jharna has big dreams for the future.
“I want to be a teacher for people who never went to school. I want to tell all mothers to send their children to school – so they can be somebody important.”
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