Posted on January 6, 2017
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Thank you for all for supporting ACT over the last 12 months. We’ve had a successful 2016, and the letters we’ve received from some of the partners, children and widows in Africa attest to the fact that our work is having an impact and changing lives.
Your contributions have enabled us to make progress on a number of fronts.
The highlight was the very successful Biennial event and in October, where we celebrated our 18th anniversary. Nearly 300 people attended, including Liness, a girl who we have supported for the last 15 years, who travelled from Zambia to participate in the event. Liness, now in her third year at medical school, is proof of the impact and the life transforming work of ACT.
Read more about Linuss here!
In 2016, several of our sponsored children completed their education, with three graduating from university. Most recently was Samson, who in December completed a BSc degree in Environmental Science in Malawi.
Read about Samson’s journey here!
In Malawi, our Ulemu project trained 275 secondary school girls in menstrual health and kitted them with re-useable sanitary materials so that their schooling will not be affected during their menstrual cycles. They are now strong advocates of menstrual dignity and are spreading the news and information among girls in their communities.
Read about the importance of the Ulemu project here!
More than a thousand widows across eight countries had the opportunity to participate in skills training and are now able to start their own small enterprises. The commissioning of our pipe borne water project in Sitikho district, Webuye Kenya last April was perhaps the largest celebration of ACT’s work ever. More than a thousand people attended the event over three days to mark arrival of pipe borne water into the community.
Read about the water project here!
Our three main fundraising events, the Dragon Boat race, Annual Golf Competition and Great South Run together raised more than £12,000 which will enable us to support an additional 200 children in 2017.
Despite tumultuous political times ahead, in both the UK and further afield, we are looking forward to what the New Year will bring and hope that we can continue our success to positively impact the lives of many disadvantaged children, orphans and widows in poor communities in Africa.