Posted on January 26, 2018
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… Nathaneal joins our Communications Team
After working as a Television Producer for the last four years, I joined ACT in November last year to gain experience in international development charities, a sector in which I am keen to broaden my knowledge. As a growing international charity working in Africa, ACT fits the bill perfectly for me as it is Croydon based, the office being less than 30 minutes’ walk from where I leave. My role is to help improve ACT’s Press and Communications output.
I have found working at the ACT office to be a fantastic and insightful experience, and already I have gained a lot from it. From my start date I have been involved in a number of activities. One of the more memorable activities was recording and publicising the Ulemu Project, ‘Blessing Bag’ event at Conversant UK, Putney office. The company’s US based parent, Alliance Data, gave ACT a grant of £10,000 for the Ulemu Project that aims to help girls in Malawi to stay on in education when they reach puberty, rather than get into early age marriage and child bearing. Nearly 50 percent of school age girls in Malawi are pregnant, bearing children or married by the age of 18 years.
I am also involved with writing articles and blogs, which gives me an opportunity to write about issues that hold great importance for me such as World Aids Day. I have learnt a lot about the issues of HIV/AIDs and the devastation it has caused on communities in Africa and affected families, particularly children who have been orphaned and women widowed as a result and carrying the virus. It has been an eye opener, as I realised AIDS has been a huge contributor to the enormous orphan rate in countries like Tanzania and Malawi.
In my job as a TV producer I had some exposure to the issues of International Development in current affairs, but rarely did I venture below the surface of the impacts or grapple with the nuts and bolts of what makes a grassroots organisation like ACT exist and function. ACT is empowering and transforming lives of orphans and widows in Africa, one life at a time. The work it is doing is invaluable. They have helped more than 6,000 children and widows over the past 20 years and keep tab on each one, as their lives are changed positively for the better. I find some of the personal stories I have followed just so inspiring.
To me, ACT is an essential part of the fight against poverty and to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people living in Sub-Saharan Africa. With foreign aid a domestic issue in the UK that increasingly is receiving criticism from parts of the British press, I feel that the work we do at ACT allows our sponsors to have a sense of connection with disadvantaged orphans and widows that we provide with support and training.
In this 20th anniversary year of ACT, the charity has set itself a goal of increasing the numbers of orphans and widows we support to 10,000 by the end of the year. It is a really challenging goal, but I hope to play my part in making it a reality.
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