This week world leaders have been meeting in Paris to make crucial decisions on climate change. ActionAid is there to make sure the UK government stands up for the most vulnerable women and children. Thanks to our supporters taking action and backing our campaigning over the last few weeks, the pressure is on.
Can you imagine breastfeeding on a pile of rubbish, surrounded by hundreds of men you’ve never met? Or trying to keep your baby clean, when you only have dirty nappies and no clean water? These are experiences faced daily by refugee mothers arriving on the Greek island of Lesvos, where ActionAid is running special mother and baby centres.
ActionAid’s new policy report 'Diversify and Conquer' discusses what Bangladesh’s government needs to do to create decent jobs for the country’s workers so they have better employment alternatives to jobs in garment factories, where they are poorly paid and badly treated. Opening this path to a brighter future requires transforming the economy by investing in manufacturing sectors that bring in more money for the country, like engineering and electronics.
In the Delta region of Myanmar, accessing clean safe drinking water is one of the biggest challenges faced by communities. The area is so close to the sea, that almost all the rivers and creeks are contaminated with salty water. Thanks to child sponsorship, we have been working with families in the district of Pathein West to instal fresh safe water. Look at the photos below to see the difference that something as simple as clean water is making to women and children in Myanmar.
Helen Pattinson visited Nepal in May 2015 in the aftermath of two earthquakes that killed thousands of people and left millions homeless. She found scenes of utter devastation; families torn apart, living in tents, children too frightened to sleep. Since then ActionAid has been working with Nepalese communities to rebuild homes and provide shelter to the most vulnerable. Six months after her visit in May, Helen went back to see how the families of Nepal were faring as the bitter winter sets in.
Award-winning children's author Giles Paley-Phillips shares what means the most to him at Christmas - and why a new dustbin will most definitely not be on his wishlist.