About ACT

ACT (African Child Trust) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in England (Charity No. 1158266). ACT was formed in March 1999 as a charitable trust (Charity No. 1074911) but became a charity incorporated organisation in 2014, following which the trust was de-registered in 2015.

ACT is working in a number of African countries to relieve poverty and advance development by educating disadvantaged children and orphans so that they achieve their full potential and empowering needy widows through training to generate income to sustain their families. We are currently working in Burkina Faso, Congo DR, KenyaMalawiNigeriaTanzaniaUganda and  Zambia.

The community in Africa is central to our approach. ACT therefore works with partners who are well established Christian churches and community based organisations that share the same vision of supporting people in need and have the capacity to operate well managed and comprehensively monitored projects..

Our Vision

Our vision is to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to achieve their full potential in life and assist needy widows to develop skills through training so that they are able to generate income to sustain their families. Our aim is to break the cycle of poverty among poor people in Africa.

Our Core Objectives

Our core organisational objectives, with the acronym SEED, are as follows:

Sending skilled volunteers to support our projects and activities in the communities where we work.
Educating fatherless children and orphans to completion of secondary school and up to tertiary level where possible.
Empowering widows/guardians via counselling, literacy and business skills training that will enable them to generate a sustainable income to support their families.
Developing the entire community where ACT works by providing technical and material support to local schools and health services.

Youth IDEA

Youth IDEA is our Youth International Development Experience and Awareness initiative in the UK. We are working with schools, churches and youth organisations, including the National Citizen Service (NCS), to raise awareness, provide experience and champion global citizenship among young people in the UK.


A Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the management, administration and strategic direction of the African Child Trust.


Annual Reports

ACT Trustees produce an Annual Report and financial accounts which is independently examined and reviewed. Accounting returns are received from our partners in Africa each four months and undergoes independent third party review before funds for the following period are remitted.

Financial Accounts and Reports

ACT Operational Handbook

The ACT Manual sets out the guiding principles and procedures and describes the responsibilities of the charity to our different stakeholders The document also describes the roles and responsibilities of our partners and basis of co-operation with ACT.

ACT Operational Hanbook

Countries where ACT works

Burkina Faso, Congo DR, KenyaMalawiNigeriaTanzaniaUgandaZambia.