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Meet four women tackling sexual violence in Zanzibar.

On the frontline against sexual violence in Zanzibar are four incredible women, dedicated to protecting women and girls who are vulnerable to abuse. Meet the police sergeant, the women's rights activist, the lawyer and the ActionAid shelter coordinator who are supporting survivors of sexual violence and helping to bring their attackers to justice. 

Fay Ripley's family sponsors not just one but two children through ActionAid in Tanzania.

You might know actor Fay Ripley as the determined and courageous Jenny in the much-loved TV drama "Cold Feet". She's also the author of several cookbooks and a proud mother to two very generous children. Here she shares with us the reasons for why her family sponsors not just one but two children through ActionAid, and describes her visit to Tanzania to witness our work first-hand, in this exclusive interview.

Khin Than, 10, at school in a village in the Dry Zone in Myanmar, where child sponsorship has helped to pay for fresh piped water for the whole community

Do you live in the UK's most generous city?

Posted in Blogs 2 years 3 months ago

As Christmas and the season of goodwill approaches (and because we wanted to shine a light on our wonderful child sponsors), we've released some exciting new figures showing the most generous cities in the UK, based on the number of children sponsored across Africa, Asia and South America. Read on to find out the results.

#GivingTuesday is the perfect day for people in the UK to help change lives for good

Five reasons to give on #GivingTuesday

Posted in Blogs 2 years 3 months ago

If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that Tuesdays are often the worst day of the week. You’ve already filled all your colleagues in on your juicy gossip from last weekend, and next weekend is too far away to even think about. But this Tuesday is different. This week it’s #GivingTuesday; the day created to encourage people to do something good for a great cause. In 2015, £6,000 per minute was raised for charities in the UK, breaking the world record for the most amount of money donated online in 24 hours.

Halimoon (left) and Jharna (right) are two young girls growing up in Bangladesh.

In the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, two young girls are growing up. They share the same surroundings, and the same dreams, but their lives couldn’t be more different. While one girl dresses her baby brother, the other puts on her school uniform. While one girl looks for litter on the streets to sell, the other learns English and maths. And while one girl is scared of the boys who shout at her on the street, the other plays with her friends in safety. I’d like to tell you the story of Halimoon and Jharna, and how you can transform a girl’s life through child sponsorship this Christmas. 

Thank you for supporting our work in 2016.

Watch our video of 2016 highlights

Posted in Blogs 2 years 3 months ago

2016 has been an incredibly eventful year on the world stage. But with your steadfast support, together we’ve achieved thousands of everyday victories in this time of change. Take a look at our video to see what we’ve achieved together this year.