As the ferry I was travelling on chugged across the grey-green river in southern Bangladesh, my colleague pointed to a spot on my right. My gaze fell on a wooden cart. Upon it was a white, opaque plastic sack. “That’s the body of a child,” he told me. “He drowned.”
Toilets? We probably don’t give them too much thought in our day to day life. Why would we? But what if we were one of the 2.4 billion – yes billion - people across the globe who don’t have access to a clean or safe toilet?
And now it can! We're asking you to get your friends and family together for an early Christmas Feast - call it a Faux-Ho-Ho perhaps - to raise money for ActionAid this Christmas.
To help warm up your Christmas spirit, here's twelve things we love about Christmas which we think will help make your Faux-Ho-Ho a Christmas cracker.
Presenter Gaby Roslin talks to ActionAid about what keeps her feeling happy and safe. Gaby is supporting ActionAid’s Christmas appeal to help protect homeless children around the world whose lives have been devastated by war, natural disasters and the terrible effects of climate change.
When I think back about this past year, some of the most striking images that come to my mind are the faces of children, caught up in terrible events that they cannot understand, but that they must endure. The faces of children from Nepal, covered in dust and blood as they crawled from under the rubble that used to be their homes and schools. The faces of refugee children, traumatised by war, searching desperately for safety in a strange land.
During the festive season, while we enjoy food and laughter with our loved ones, it's impossible to ignore the plight of millions of children who have nothing.
It’s not every day you get to join thousands of people to demand governments around the world take action on climate change. On the 29 November, join ActionAid on the People’s Climate March in London ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris. We’re marching for the world’s poorest women and children, who are already facing the devastating impacts of climate change.
Here are three reasons why you should join us: