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Bearing Gifts of Kindness

by ACT

…Kids from St Chads Primary School, Croydon reach out to children in Ipaja! To celebrate International Day of Happiness, we share with you our story about the transformative power of kindness. There is nothing quite like giving someone you care about a gift – whether for a birthday or other celebration. Seeing the surprise and…



HOW ACT IS HELPING TO END PERIOD POVERTY

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  • Posted on March 15, 2019

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UK government pledge to end period poverty worldwide by 2030 Ahead of International Women’s Day celebrated on Friday 8th March, Penny Mordaunt (Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities), announced on Monday 4th March a new UK government campaign to end period poverty globally by 2030. This was good news…



Partnerships that make a difference!

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  • Posted on March 8, 2019

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“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller   … Working with Justice & Peace in Tanzania A common question we receive is “how does ACT carry out its work in 8 countries of Africa?” The answer is that we work through partners. Our partners are from Christian…



Woodhall Capital Foundation visit ACT!

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  • Posted on March 1, 2019

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Last month, we were honoured to receive a visit from Woodhall Capital Foundation at the ACT Office in Croydon. Our work had been made known to the Foundation by an ACT ambassador, who had recognised the shared interests of both organisations. Woodhall Capital Foundation is the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Woodhall Capital, a…



Christmas comes early to children of Ipaja Community, Nigeria!

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  • Posted on February 22, 2019

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…Christmas in February? On 13th February, ACT was delighted to welcome a number of kind and inquisitive children from local primary school, St Chad’s, to the ACT Office. These children are currently engaged in ACT’s Youth IDEA programme, which provides youth with the opportunity of learning about international development through an exploration of the work…



How our Ulemu Project is helping to end child marriage in Malawi

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  • Posted on February 15, 2019

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Educating children and enriching communities are at the forefront of our work at the African Children Trust (ACT).  In fact, alongside empowering widows, they make up two of our three core aims.  Across the eight (8) countries where we have a presence in Africa, we work hard to alleviate poverty by helping as many children…



Standing against Girl Mutilation

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  • Posted on February 8, 2019

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  … International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as genital cutting or female circumcision, refers to the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.  It includes any other practice which causes harm to the genitalia for non-therapeutic purposes. FGM is widely practised in Africa,…



Bringing hope to the widows of Ipaja, Nigeria

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  • Posted on February 1, 2019

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The importance of psychosocial support Many widows across a majority of sub-Saharan African countries can attest to the cruel treatment received following the death of their spouse. However, recent reports have found that it is a major issue in parts of Nigeria, where 3.5 million of the estimated 258 million widows worldwide reside.[i] In Nigeria,…



International Day of Education

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  • Posted on January 25, 2019

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This week on January 24th the World celebrated the first ever International Day of Education. “This day is the occasion to reaffirm fundamental principles. Firstly, education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility. Secondly, education is the most powerful force in our hands to ensure significant improvements in health, to stimulate…



A Message of Hope from the DRC

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  • Posted on January 18, 2019

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This January marks two years since ACT started operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The DRC ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world, coming in at 176 out of 187, according to UN figures. The country also has about 80 million citizens, 63% of whom subsist below the poverty line…