In all the countries where ActionAid works, one of the most effective ways of helping women is by bringing them together. And Zimbabwe is no exception. In Chiendembuya District, ActionAid has formed 18 women’s groups that give women the opportunity to learn new skills and develop projects to improve their lives.

One of these women is Brandina. Thanks to child sponsorship she has been given the opportunity to earn a living, and as a result she can now support her niece (pictured below) through school. This is their story.​


Climate change and the child brides

Himaya Quasem – Editorial and Stories

According to the UN, Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Women we are working with tell us that climate change is making things worse. Cyclones place huge pressure on already poor families. When parents struggle to feed their children, many feel compelled to give their daughters away in marriage.

The women and girls we met in Bangladesh talk about the dangers they face and how ActionAid is supporting them to tackle them.


Everyone loves a day off school. But for many children in Bangladesh, rising water and increasing storms mean that getting to school is just too dangerous. During the monsoon season, rivers can be up to 12 feet higher. That’s almost as tall as a double decker bus. ActionAid spoke with nine-year-old Shumona, who never gets to go to school. 

Shumona’s face lights up when her grandma is around. The pair share a special bond and love spending time together. Three years ago, Shumona’s house was destroyed by floods and she had to leave her village. Luckily her beloved grandma came with her. The family moved to the only space available. They now live on a crumbling patch of land, in a rickety hut beside a huge, gushing river.


In the past five days, more than 50 refugees have died attempting to reach Greece. The majority are reported to be women and children. I spoke with Sonya Ruparel, ActionAid's International Humanitarian Manager, who has recently returned from refugee camps in Lesvos. Despite expectations that bitter winter conditions would reduce the number of refugees attempting to reach the island, bad weather has not stopped people desperately fleeing conflict.

Sonya tells us about the women and children she met, the struggles they're facing in the camps and how ActionAid is helping.


Refugees and migrants are often seen as a threat from people in 'receiving' countries. A threat to their way of life or culture, to their national security and stability​ or simply to their prosperity. Projects like Mazí Mas tell us a completely different story. A story about inspiring women, cultural integration and delicious food.


When a flood takes your home, your food and everything you own, and you fear that your children might drown on their way to school, life as you know it is shattered.

ActionAid works with women and children hit the hardest by climate change, supporting them to survive and adapt. Here are four solutions that are helping change their lives, for good.​