Where your money goes
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This includes fundraising costs such as child sponsorship, appeals and grants, relevant staff salaries in the Fundraising and Public Engagement departments, and advertising.
This is the money raised in the UK to reduce poverty, that is passed on to other member countries of the Federation to fund their programme work.
This includes funding spent on our responses to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the refugee crisis in Greece and the two earthquakes in Nepal, and relevant staff salaries in our Humanitarian team.
This includes the costs of our campaigns on tax justice and women’s rights in partnership with other countries across the Federation, and relevant staff salaries in our Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns teams.
This includes the costs of our education and communications materials that build understanding of development issues amongst young people in the UK, and relevant staff salaries in our Schools team.
Support costs, including HR, Finance, IT, office rent and relevant salaries, are allocated in the relevant categories above.
What you helped us achieve in 2015
Every day we hear incredible stories of how the lives of women and children are changing for the better.
From the excitement of one child starting school to grandmothers responding to the earthquake in Nepal, 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 children in 2015.
We helped over 700,000 people affected by humanitarian emergencies
…including women like Maiya in Nepal. When the first of the two April 2015 earthquakes struck, Maiya lost her home and her main source of earning money - her five goats."We didn't have a place to stay and the rains had just begun," she explained.
Through our reconstruction programme, led by local ActionAid trained women leaders, Maiya was provided with the tools and training to build her own temporary shelter and was given goats to enable her to earn an income again.
We helped communities in Bangladesh to build resilience to climate change
...including women like Bulbuli, who lives in northern Bangladesh where temperatures can rise to 44 degrees centigrade. Heatwaves were killing local chickens. So ActionAid staff teamed up with Bangladeshi scientists to crossbreed a climate-resilient chicken.
This unique combination of a local hen and a fighting cockerel results in a chicken that tolerates heat better and is much less likely to die. Chickens produce eggs for families to eat and sell, helping to combat their hunger and to earn a living.
Over 77,000 women gained more control over the land they farm
.…including women like 23-year-old Beatrice from Rwanda. Beatrice was orphaned during the Rwandan genocide and abandoned by the father of her two children. Thanks to the ActionAid cooperative scheme in her community, she has rebuilt her life.
From growing food and keeping animals, to starting a brick-making business, the women-run coops decide how and when they will spend their money.
21,800 girls completed primary school and went on to secondary education
...including girls like Shubarna, 13. Shubarna usually takes a boat to school from her home in the village of Faridpur, Bangladesh. She wants to be a doctor and help people in her community. But her dream was at risk of being thwarted by floods. At least twice a year, her route to school becomes impassable.
Now, during flood season Subarna can carry on studying at a child-friendly space built near her village by ActionAid. She and her friends can safely reach the flood-proof tin-and-timber hall where a local tutor helps the girls to continue with their studies.
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