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Mary, 3, lives in the Mukuru slum

Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya is home to over half a million people - many of whom live in extreme poverty. Low wages, insecure employment, limited education opportunities and poor sanitation are just some of the challenges facing local communities. Through our Not This Girl appeal, ActionAid is working with local women's groups to help prevent girls being abused and enable them to stay in school. All donations to the appeal before 7 June will be matched by the UK government as part of UK Aid Match. Find out what life is like for girls growing up in the Mukuru slum, and how you can help change their lives for good. 

Helen from ActionAid UK talking with a young mum at her sewing machine at an ActionAid-funded women's resource centre in Kilifi county, Kenya

You may have seen ActionAid’s latest Not This Girl appeal to help keep girls safe from sexual exploitation and abuse. Throughout the appeal, supported by UK Aid Match, we will be sharing stories of women and girls who have survived violence.Watch our behind the scenes video and read on below to find out how we balance authentic storytelling with protecting survivors.

Me, standing outside our Wangu Kanja Foundation office in Mukuru slum, Nairobi, Kenya

Today, ActionAid UK launches the Not This Girl appeal to keep girls safe from sexual exploitation and abuse. The appeal will support the amazing women’s networks who help survivors of violence get access to justice, and stand together to say: 'No girl should live in fear. Not this girl. Not any girl.'The campaign is supported by UK Aid Match, which means that until 7 June every donation you make will be matched pound for pound by the UK government. Read on to find out why girls in Kenya need our help so urgently, and how a donation from you could change their lives and the lives of other vulnerable girls around the world.

Six-year-old Lucy lives in Kenya, which is one of the countries where we run child sponsorship

Sponsoring a child is a really fulfilling thing to do - for you, the child and their whole community. And because ActionAid does child sponsorship differently to other charities, people often have questions about our approach and what to expect. So we thought it was worth answering them here. If you're thinking of becoming a child sponsor, then read on!

Sally Dynevor and her daughter visit Reena, one of the girls they sponsor through ActionAid in India.

The world I want to pass on to my kids

Posted in Blogs 9 months 2 weeks ago

As part of our #NotThisGirl appeal, star of Coronation Street Sally Dynevor writes about the injustices girls worldwide face and what she hopes will be achieved for the next generation.

A poster encouraging people to report cases of sexual and gender-based violence to the helpline run by ActionAid and the Wangu Kanja Foundation in Mukuru slum, Kenya

Wangu Kanja is something of a pioneer. Years before the #MeToo movement, she was speaking out about sexual violence in the tough, urban context of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Wangu was carjacked and raped in 2002 and when she went to report it to the police, she found they would not take her seriously.From this knockback, she realised that many of the poorest women in Kenya don't know what to do after surviving sexual assault - and never get the support and justice they deserve. This is made worse by stigma, shame and a culture of silence that stop women from asking for help. She decided things needed to change.