Three ways to beat the post-Christmas blues | ActionAid UK

Three ways to beat the post-Christmas blues

Here we are again, in that typically quiet patch between Christmas and New Year. We’ve most likely spent the past few days eating delicious food and being spoilt rotten by our families. But as we approach 2017, it’s time to stop and reflect.

Two girls standing in room with blue wall at ActionAid's Happy Homes centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Girls at ActionAid's Happy Homes centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh

It’s time to think about girls like six-year-old Halimoon in Bangladesh who spends her time collecting rubbish to sell and help feed her family.

Halimoon

Or girls like seven-year-old Sumaiya in Tanzania, who is vulnerable and at risk of abuse.

Sumaiya

Every day, ActionAid, along with our local staff on the ground, works to keep girls like these safe from harm. Here are just a few of the ways that you can help.

1. Sponsor a girl

You can sponsor a girl with ActionAid for just 65p a day. You’ll be their only sponsor and your monthly gift will help to make sure she has enough to eat, an education and a brighter future.

Jharna

You’ll receive regular photos and handwritten messages from your sponsored child, allowing you to build a special, unique relationship.

Find out more about our child sponsorship programme

2. Give a monthly donation

Regular gifts are so important to ActionAid because they mean that we can be prepared for when emergencies strike, we can be there to support the most disadvantaged women and girls, and we can spend money where it is needed the most.

Without monthly donations, ActionAid wouldn’t have been able to quickly respond to Hurricane Matthew which hit Haiti in October this year. We were on the ground providing life-saving food and clean water, helping to reduce the risk of cholera. 

Josie Vanessa, 22, and her 2 month old baby Jerry shelter from the rain outside their house that was destroyed by Haiti's Hurricane Matthew in October 2016

When you give a regular donation to ActionAid you can be certain that your gift is being used in the most efficient way possible.

Start giving £10 a month to ActionAid

3. Buy a Gift in Action

If you don’t want to commit to a monthly donation, a Gift in Action, however big or small, can make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable women and girls.

If you’re seeing some loved ones after Christmas, and were planning on picking up their present in January then Gifts in Action are here for you. 

Women's group - goat rearing project

From goats to chickens, books to bicycles, these thoughtful, heartwarming presents will help to change the lives of the communities we work with. Take a look and find the gift that means the most to you.

Buy your Gift in Action here

Turjoy Chowdhury/ActionAid, Rachel Palmer/ActionAid, Dylan Roberts/FreeSociety/ActionAid.