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What you helped us achieve in 2017
Every day we hear incredible stories of how the lives of women and girls are changing for the better.
From women’s rights groups in Tanzania, to Rohingya refugees supported with life-saving aid in Bangladesh, 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 2017.
We supported over 70,000 Rohingya refugees
…like Mahmuda, who fled the devastating violence in Myanmar while heavily pregnant.
“When we were coming, we had to endure so much suffering,” she said. “We spent five to six days in open fields and in the hilly areas. We had to walk through the rain and the scorching heat…We left all our belongings and started to run away with the influx of people. We only had our clothes.”
Mahmuda gave birth in the camp after coming to Bangladesh. She said, “When I gave birth to my last child, I didn’t have clean clothes, health, and hygiene facility.”
ActionAid have been distributing food packages, hygiene kits, safe drinking water and latrines in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, reaching over 70,000 Rohingya refugees like Mahmuda.
We trained and organised nearly 2,400 women’s groups to claim their land rights and legal entitlements
.…like Hadia, from Tanzania. ActionAid has facilitated awareness raising and confidence building trainings to women and girls on their rights in Tanzania.
“Women now can run their small business and able to run their business compared to before they did not have anything to support the family,” she said.
“Women now have confidence and they can speak with their husband with respect compared to before it was not possible…As a leader in my group we continue to help other women by giving awareness and training on what we received from the trainers. We managed to open other same groups in the community and the total member now is 700 from 100 members in 2006 when we started this group”.
We helped 330,000 people across 20 countries improve their food security
…like Mary from Kenya. As part of the ActionAid Sustainable Resilient Livelihoods programme, Mary was trained in sustainable, climate resilient agriculture. Members of the group are mainly women, often engaging in farming activities for the first time.
She said: “My life has changed so much because of the project. ActionAid has helped me with farming training. We didn’t do much farming before, mainly livestock rearing. I joined the Bidi Farmers group and together we have overcome many challenges.
“We come together once a month to share ideas, exchange knowledge and strengthen our voice in the community.”
We delivered life-saving support to over 245,000 people across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia
…like Workinesh Worega, a mother of three affected by the drought in Kemba District, Ethiopia.
In 2017 ActionAid distributed food aid for 10,600 people affected by the drought in Ethiopia, giving priority to women household heads. To ensure women’s leadership ActionAid assured that half of the Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee members (who are responsible for targeting beneficiaries, distribution of food aids and handling complaints) are women.
“Women who are part of the committee make sure that all women household heads are included in the targeting process, they fight for women,” Workinesh said.