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Edwin, Emmanuel and Keke are three brave men boldly speaking out against female genital mutilation (FGM). Despite receiving widespread criticism and even death threats, they continue to promote abandoning the practice in West Pokot, Kenya. They are powerful examples to others that FGM is not just a women's issue. It is an issue that affects everyone.

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Proud to sponsor a child with ActionAid

Alexa Phillips – Communications team

Sponsoring a child is life-changing. Life-changing for the child, but life-changing for the sponsor too! We asked ActionAid child sponsors across the UK why they love sponsoring a child, and why they think you will too.

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Life for children in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh is hard. The majority of them live in one-roomed, temporary structures made from whatever materials can be found in the area – bamboo, hessian sacks, polythene sheets and tin sheets. Families cook outside in the narrow lanes that run between their houses, and at least 40 families will share one toilet that is poorly maintained. In these cramped conditions, there isn't much space for children to learn and play in safety. That's why ActionAid's child safe spaces in Bangladesh are so important.

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In the fight to end FGM, Maria’s story shows that change is possible. The 66-year-old cut more than 100 girls in a job that spanned four decades. Yet she knew little about the long term health risks of FGM, which stands for female genital mutilation. That was until she attended a talk by ActionAid. What she discovered horrified her enough to put the blade down forever. It also unlocked a painful secret from her past. Here is her story.

 

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Join us on the Refugees Welcome Here march

Alexa Phillips – Communications team

Last September, a photo of a small boy on a beach caused a shockwave of horror across Europe. With his blue shorts, red t-shirt and small shoes, Alan Kurdi looked like any one of the thousands of European children who had enjoyed a seaside holiday with their families that summer.  But the photo was wrong. Instead of playing in the sand, Alan was lying face down in it. He had drowned, alongside his brother Galib and mother Rehana, as they fled the war in Syria for a safer life in Europe.

Despite the outrage, the headlines, the political promises that followed these photos, one year later children are still dying. Today, on World Humanitarian Day, make a pledge to join us on Saturday 17 September to march in solidarity with refugees and stop children dying on Europe's shores.

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How child sponsorship is helping save lives in Myanmar

Win Theint Theint – Sponsorship Manager, Myanmar

Imagine how difficult life might be without roads, safe bridges, electricity and sanitation.​ In Myanmar, local midwife Naw Nat Paw used to struggle to reach her patients because the main bridge in their area had become too dangerous to cross. But thanks to support from ActionAid child sponsorship, the community has been able to work together to build a strong new bridge that has transformed their lives.