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Ayesha and her friends have been painting pictures for their sponsors at their playgroup in Bhakkar, Pakistan. "I did hand painting and it was fun. I feel joy when I do drawings for my sponsor," Ayesha told us

"I love writing messages to my sponsor."

Posted in Blogs 2 years 9 months ago

When you sponsor a child with ActionAid, you'll get two handwritten messages from them every year. Our staff collect these messages regularly from the children in their communities.​We make every message collection a special event for the children, and the whole community gets involved. For many children, it's the only opportunity they get to draw, paint, play and be creative.

"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 1 month 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.    

He Named Me Malala Official Trailer

The story of Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, struck a chord with the world when she was attacked by the Taliban in 2009 for simply speaking out on girls’ right to education. Today the film He named me Malala will be screened across cinemas in the UK. It looks at Malala's life, her relationship with her father and what drove her courage to fight for an issue she so deeply believed in.

Penny goes shopping for a Christmas tree with her family

Award-winning parenting blogger and mother of two, Penny Alexander, supports ActionAid by championing our work. Here she shares her experience of sponsoring a child in Pakistan and describes why sponsorship matters to her whole family.

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.

Girls at the 'Women and Child Friendly Space' in Kashmore.

With the rights of women and girls at the very heart of what we do at ActionAid, we’re celebrating with our colleagues in ActionAid Pakistan today as the Sindh province declares child marriage illegal - the first province in Pakistan to pass such a law.The Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013 has been passed unanimously by the Sindh Assembly. It is now against the law and seen as a violation of the rights of children to marry a girl under the age of 18.