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

    Five reasons to give on #GivingTuesday

    Posted in Blog 4 years 1 month 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. Read more

  • Mehreunnessa receiving a big group hug from some of the girls who she looks after at their Happy Home in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    How one woman gained a new family after losing her son

    Posted in Blog 4 years 2 months ago

    How do you cope with losing a child? It’s a question that no parent should have to answer. When Mehreunnessa’s son was murdered in 2011, she felt her life was over. But the Bangladeshi mum found love and hope again in a place that few people would choose to look. She got a job at Happy Homes, an ActionAid-funded rescue home for street girls in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Every day Mehreunnessa, 52,  helps girls to rebuild their lives. In exchange, they’ve given her a new reason to carry on with hers. Read on to find out how.  Read more

  • Jesmin has been living in one of ActionAid's Happy Homes in Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2011

    From street life to safety: 10-year-old Jesmin's story

    Posted in Blog 4 years 2 months ago

    Dangerous and dirty, the streets are no place for a young girl to call home. But that is the reality in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where thousands of homeless children live, work and sleep on the streets - at constant risk of violence, sexual abuse and exploitation. Jesmin, 10, was one of those children, caring for her younger brother while her mother searched for work to support them after her father left. But Jesmin's life was changed for good when ActionAid gave her a place in a Happy Homes centre. Here, Jesmin tells her story. Read more

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

    One city. Two girls. See the difference child sponsorship makes.

    Posted in Blog 4 years 2 months ago

    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.  Read more