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Nimo, 35, fears for the lives of her children, as her cattle – her only source of income and food - waste away due to the drought in Somaliland

Up to 12 million people across Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Kenya are in urgent need of food assistance as severe drought has caused a humanitarian crisis. ActionAid is distributing food and water but the situation is critical. In Ethiopia alone more than three million people are acutely malnourished and famine could soon be a reality.​

We distribute sanitary kits like this to women in emergencies. This kit is for a refugee woman on Lesvos.

Why everyone's talking about periods

Posted in Blogs 3 years 4 months ago

‘The blob’, ‘Aunty Flow’, "Shark Week" - there are nearly 5000 euphemisms for periods. We want to end the secrecy around menstruation so girls and women can go to school and work without stigma or shame. 

Dase, 12, with girls in school in Ethiopia who will benefit from new school buildings and toilets.

Toilets? We probably don’t give them too much thought in our day to day life. Why would we? But what if we were one of the 2.4 billion – yes billion - people across the globe who didn’t have access to a clean or safe toilet?

Emilia listens to students reading at the Annaso school in Girar Jarso community, Ethiopia.

ActionAid ambassador, actress Emilia Fox travelled to Ethiopia, where over a quarter of the population live below the poverty line. Her diary highlights how helping women and children in extreme poverty helps to change their lives.

Young girls at school in Ethiopia

Look at this photo of smiling girls. They are all nine years old. They live in Ethiopia, and thanks to an ActionAid project they are at school rather than being forced to drop out to get married.

Sir Christopher Chataway (centre), his wife Carola and son Adam on their way to Vicky's Water Project in Ethiopia.

We remember Sir Christopher Chataway

Posted in Blogs 5 years 6 months ago

Today we remember the life of a great man and send our deepest sympathy to his family. Chris Chataway was truly remarkable – an athletic world record holder, the first BBC sports personality of the year, the first ITN newsreader, a Conservative MP, government minister and a highly successful businessman. What an incredible career.