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Tambudzai enjoying watering her crops at her home in Zimbabwe. Tambudzai is one of many women who has benefitted from farming training sessions run by ActionAid.

As I write this, my country Zimbabwe is facing severe drought caused by El Niño. People’s crops and livestock have been devastated. And 2.5 million people are estimated to be in need of emergency food. But child sponsorship is making a difference. By teaching women here to cope with the effects of climate change, we're helping them continue to grow food, earn a living and support their children.

Because Naw Tar Lu Moo's mum is part of ActionAid's self-help group, she can now get to school safely.

In Myanmar, women usually bring in half the monthly wage of men, even for the same work, meaning they struggle to provide for their children. But when women come together to share and solve their problems, great things can happen. ActionAid has set up over 600 women's self-help groups in Myanmar, benefitting thousands of women - and their families.Mum of two, Naw Mway Rae Paw, is part of her local group in the rural communities of Pathein West, southern Mynanmar. Thanks to group training, she has not only inproved her income but can now send her 11-year-old daughter, Naw Tar Lu Moo, to school safely.

Children like Amina no longer miss lessons due to bad weather thanks to the new school block built with ActionAid’s support

All over the world, girls are missing out on the education they deserve, simply because of classroom conditions. Poor-quality classrooms can be damp, uncomfortable and even dangerous – but ActionAid is changing this. With the generous regular gifts from ActionAid supporters, we’re helping girls get a better education and a brighter future.

Alesha Dixon on our new film - One Girl's Journey

ActionAid supporter and Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon writes about why watching One Girl's Journey, our new short film, brought back memories of her trip to Ghana.

"If I met my sponsor I would thank them for the support they give me and the other children in my village," said 11-year-old Fahima from Ghana, seen here drawing a picture for her sponsor.

Top tips on writing to your sponsored child

Posted in Blogs 1 year 3 months ago

Time and time again children from around the world tell us how much they love to receive letters from you - their sponsors, their overseas friends. Children's laughter rings out as they look at the letters and photos delivered by our local staff. It takes just a few minutes to write a letter - but the effect is everlasting. The friendship formed through child sponsorship is a powerful thing, and one of the reasons why I wanted to share with you the happiness your letters bring and encourage you to write.    

Children dressing up as their future selves for Big Me 2016

Pupils share their dreams at Big Me 2017

Posted in Blogs 1 year 8 months ago

This week, children from across the UK are dreaming big and dressing up for Big Me 2017. Pupils are exploring their future hopes and aspirations, and at the same time, raising money to help children living in poverty around the world to fulfil their dreams.