Sabita Rani lives in a remote, coastal part of southern Bangladesh, which increasingly experiences dangerous weather, driven by climate change. In 2013, ActionAid trained Sabita to become an emergency response leader. As Cyclone Mahasen approached her village later that year, she led a group of women to get 500 people to safety — saving their lives.
In 2015, Sabita joined ActionAid at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan. She told global leaders about the damage that climate change is having on communities like hers, the critical role of women in emergencies, and the need to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change.
Sabita says: “Before I was selected by ActionAid to undertake emergency training I felt that I wasn’t respected by my neighbours and by my community. But after I came back from the Summit people in my area appreciated me. Being a leader in disaster response and in disaster risk reduction has changed my life. I am creating change! I am so proud of how far I have come and everything I am able to do now.”
Samantha Rowe-Beddoe and Gregory Nasmyth
Samantha Rowe-Beddoe and Gregory Nasmyth are inspired to make the biggest possible difference through their philanthropy (gregorynasmyth.com) to ActionAid’s work with women and girls.
“We are fortunate enough to be able to make a difference. ActionAid stood out for us as an organisation that stands shoulder to shoulder with women and their families, helping them to understand their rights and the power they have to change their own lives – now and in the future.
This resonated deeply with us and we are really excited to be going on this journey with ActionAid’s philanthropy team. We have found in them a committed and skilled group of individuals who will make sure our philanthropy has a real and long-lasting impact. It has been rewarding and inspiring even in these early days, and we are looking forward to getting more involved!”
Alex Graham has supported ActionAid’s work in Asia for several years.
“What I loved about ActionAid from the beginning was that they let me be involved. I said to them, ‘I don’t want to just give you money’, because I wanted to see first-hand what was happening. I’ve been able to come to Myanmar year after year and it’s so incredible to see the way the programme has developed. It’s been the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. It has helped change me and I’m very grateful to ActionAid for letting me be part of it.”
Robert Bruh from Medicor Foundation
Robert Bruh from Medicor Foundation supports development projects in poor countries all over the world.
“Medicor has found in ActionAid a partner who has the ability and skills enabling them to deliver quality results with their high levels of expertise and excellent relationships with local communities, local leaders and governments.”
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