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How you made 2015 an amazing year

How you made 2015 an amazing year

Posted in Blogs 3 years 3 months ago

This has been a wonderful, terrifying, inspirational year. Thanks to our amazing supporters, we helped more than five million people in 2015. Take a minute to watch this short review of the year, to see how you’ve helped the world’s poorest women and girls. Warning: contains cute children!

Cyclone Idai: a damaged house in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe

In the wake of Cyclone Idai, ActionAid Malawi’s Chikondi Chabvuta discusses the devastating impact of the disaster, the situation on the ground now, and the ongoing role climate change is playing in Malawian society.

ActionAid local partner, KPGA, distributing emergency kits after Hurricane Matthew. Each 20 litre bucket included anti-bacterial soap, tooth brushes and paste, sanitary pads, 60 water cleaning tablets, washing liquid and toilet paper

On 4th October 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit my country - Haiti. It destroyed homes, schools, crops, and roads, and brought island life to a halt. Our team has been responding to the crisis ever since, and thanks to public generosity, we have helped communities recover and build back stronger, through working with local partners, ensuring women lead the response, and focussing on sustainable solutions.

Two-year-old Ntemu and his mother collect food at a food distribution point run by ActionAid Kenya.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of everyone have donated to the East Africa Crisis Appeal, ActionAid has supported over 128,600 people so far across Kenya, Somaliland and Ethiopia. In Kenya, ActionAid has supported over 98,000 people. Our local staff are there on the ground now distributing food, including rice, oil and beans, constructing water tanks and rehabilitating boreholes so that communities can get access to water. Find out how your donations are making a huge difference in Kenya right now.

Women meeting to discuss their needs following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. Giving cash transfers to women empowers them to have more control over how they rebuild their lives

Over the last week the ever more shrill criticism of international aid found a new target - the practice of giving money directly to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people, otherwise known as cash transfers. The allegation made was that this amounted to setting up UK-funded cashpoints for the poor. Aid money should never be misspent or wasted, but the criticisms of direct cash transfers - giving money directly to people in need - misunderstand the issue. Here's why.

Azita, 27, is currently staying at Schisto camp with her two young sons and husband.

Earlier this week we shared with you an inside look at life in refugee camps in Athens. Today, one of the women living in Schisto camp in the Greek capital tells us in her own words how she ended up there. Azita (real name and identity protected) travelled from Afghanistan with her two young sons and husband and arrived in Schisto in March. Azita’s words are her own, but her story has been translated into English.