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Women and children from Inup Agua Caliente community standing on a ridge overlooking their land in northern Guatemala

Now we must build bridges, not walls

Posted in Blogs 2 years 11 months ago

It feels as if we stand at a critical moment in history. As the world absorbs the momentous and unexpected American election result, it is more important than ever that we stand together in optimism and redouble our efforts to build bridges between our nations. When the world feels divided it is up to us to bring people together. To remind ourselves that we have far more in common than that which divides us.  

12-year-old Sopheak (left), hugs her best friend Yain, in Cambodia.

Equality. Solidarity. Tolerance. I think that most of us, if asked, would say that we want to live in a society characterised by these values. But these words only become values if we’re prepared to live them, promote them and defend them, especially at times like these.

Alba, 8 (right) and Marleni, 8 (left), are sponsored children in Guatemala.

Now, more than ever, we need to stand up

Posted in Blogs 3 years 3 months ago

However you voted last Thursday, events since the UK referendum results were announced have been tumultuous and shocking to say the least. Political resignations and in-fighting, the worrying rise of post-referendum racism, turmoil in the markets, and a country that seems to be pitted against itself, fractured along lines of geography, age and beliefs.

School children from Miyuyu Primary School in Tanzania play after lessons

The generosity and commitment of Britain is transforming the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. On Monday 13th June 2016 there will be a Parliamentary debate about the UK’s aid budget and whether the legislation that enshrines it in law should be scrapped. Here are a few reasons why I believe Britain’s proud legacy of helping people around the world should be built upon, not diminished. 

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.

Beatrice, seen here with her onion seedlings, is one of 145 survivors of domestic violence in Uganda who are earning an independent income thanks to ActionAid child sponsors.

Since working with ActionAid Uganda I've met many women who have experienced domestic violence. The worst thing is that these women feel unable to escape. But it doesn't need to be this way. Thanks to child sponsorship, ActionAid is training women to start their own businesses so they can support themselves. I'd like to tell you about two of these women.