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Halimoon (left) and Jharna (right) are two young girls growing up in Bangladesh.

In the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, two young girls are growing up. They share the same surroundings, and the same dreams, but their lives couldn’t be more different. While one girl dresses her baby brother, the other puts on her school uniform. While one girl looks for litter on the streets to sell, the other learns English and maths. And while one girl is scared of the boys who shout at her on the street, the other plays with her friends in safety. I’d like to tell you the story of Halimoon and Jharna, and how you can transform a girl’s life through child sponsorship this Christmas. 

Nada (left) and her brothers and sisters are typical of many children in Gaza, growing up in the shadow of conflict

A day in the life of a child in Gaza right now

Posted in Blogs 2 years 10 months ago

Children growing up in Gaza have witnessed more conflict than many of us will see in a lifetime. Eleven-year-old Nada has already lived through three wars in her short life, and faces the realities of the nine-year Israeli blockade every day. It affects her education, the food she has to eat, and her hopes for the future. Here she tells us about a typical day and how ActionAid is helping her cope with some of the trauma she's been through.

Munni plays in the narrow streets of the Dhaka slums where she faces daily discrimination

On the surface Munni is just like 10-year-old girls the world over – wanting to learn, play with friends, make new friends, have a safe and secure home and have dreams for the future. But Munni is not treated the same as other girls because she belongs to the Dalit community - considered the lowest people in society according to the caste system in Bangladesh. Find out how she's transformed her life with the help of ActionAid child sponsors.

Rabiatu (left) had FGM at the age of seven. Now she helps other girls avoid the pain that she went through

How child sponsorship is helping tackle FGM

Posted in Blogs 2 years 11 months ago

As anyone who sponsors a child with ActionAid will know, child sponsorship doesn't just benefit one child - it benefits their whole community. One important way that we're improving girls' lives in some of the communities where we work is through tackling female genital mutliation (FGM), and by supporting FGM survivors. Find out how child sponsorship is playing a crucial role in helping to end FGM.

Nine-year-old sponsored child Floridalma loves going to school in Guatemala.

Proud to sponsor a child with ActionAid

Posted in Blogs 3 years 19 min ago

Sponsoring a child is life-changing. Life-changing for the child, but life-changing for the sponsor too! We asked ActionAid child sponsors across the UK why they love sponsoring a child, and why they think you will too.

Jesmin and her friends at the ActionAid safe space in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Life for children in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh is hard. The majority of them live in one-roomed, temporary structures made from whatever materials can be found in the area – bamboo, hessian sacks, polythene sheets and tin sheets. Families cook outside in the narrow lanes that run between their houses, and at least 40 families will share one toilet that is poorly maintained. In these cramped conditions, there isn't much space for children to learn and play in safety. That's why ActionAid's child safe spaces in Bangladesh are so important.