Now is a great time to support Action Aid’s latest initiative to ask for a fair deal to overseas workers who grow the fruit and veg in our supermarkets for very little pay. Over 2000 people have already added their voice to the growing calls for a ‘supermarket watchdog’ to ensure workers in poor countries are rewarded in a fair wage for their labour.
Some supermarkets are currently trying to ‘water down’ the influence that the watchdog will be allowed to wield over their businesses, but surely…
if they have nothing to hide, where’s the problem?
With many of the major supermarkets making literally billions in profit, it is now time for the government to better monitor exactly how and where the stock is coming from. In many cases, it is people in developing countries, with the majority of them being women, who produce the fruit and vegetables that stock our supermarket shelves. Many of them work in appalling conditions for extremely low pay.
If you would like to join the fight for a supermarket watchdog to monitor how the big companies obtain their stock from developing countries, click on the link below to add your voice to those of thousands of other people. I just did it, and it literally takes 20 seconds, and your email could be the difference that stops supermarket giants exploiting poor people.
> > Click here to sign online
If you would like to learn more about the work of Action Aid UK, or would like to help provide funds through the Gifts in Action virtual charity initiative, why not check out our dedicated page for further information.
Check out this hilarious charity spoof by Action Aid UK, where they ask people on the street to support their latest campaign ‘Drive Aid’. I won’t go into too many details here, just watch the video and see what you think!
The British Government biofuel targets plan to encourage industrial-sized biofuel production. With crops going into cars, food prices are being pushed ever higher. An area in Africa that is bigger than GERMANY has already been taken for bio fuel production, forcing millions to go hungry.
It is always the poorest people who are pushed off their land for the biofuel demand, so now is the time to stop growing crops to make fuel for cars and instead grow food to feed people. With up to 1 billion people going hungry across the globe, we need to ask the UK government to stop supporting bio fuels and start supporting people.
Simply click on the link below to sign the petition to urge the UK government and European Commission to end their support for bio fuels. Action Aid is looking for 10,000 signatures and already have over 5,000, so your support will be gratefully received. I’ve just signed and it literally take 20 seconds. Thanks for your help.
Action Aid UK ambassador, Emma Thompson, recently met the members of the Fellowship programme during a recent trip to Myanmar. The Fellowship was first formed in 2006 as a unique project to help develop young leaders in Myanmar to bring change to their communities.’Fellows’ are used to communicate with local people to try and understand the many complex challenges that they face on a day to day basis.
This project therefore allows Action Aid to reach some of the most vulnerable and remote groups living in areas that has closed to foreigners. There are so many problems to face, such as inequality and poverty, that the Fellows work is invaluable to helping out people who are in desperate need. With up to 40% of the Myanmar population children and young people, the Fellowship helps to huge to harness the energy of a generation who have only know poverty and struggle.
Pictured is Tin Htan, a Fellow for 5 years from Rahkine State, who said –
When we became Fellows there was no one to guide us. But now, we can guide the young fellows. I had no idea what the conference will be like. I was surprised to see all these people doing a great job. It really encouraged me. At the last night of the conference, on the cultural night, my team didn’t bring our cultural dress because we didn’t think it was important. When I saw the other groups I realised how important it is to maintain our cultural identity as well as be united.
Category: ActionAid, Childrens Charities
Action Aid UK is asking for your assistance in helping the people of Gambia, who are experiencing hunger and malnutrition due to the prolonged drought in West Africa. In the Gambia alone, over 700,000 people are struggling to find food, that’s a massive 45% of the population!
Charity officials are working hard on the ground in Gambia to provide food and water to the most vulnerable children and families, but more aid is required.
The severe drought is causing food prices to rocket, meaning that a total of almost 13 million people are facing an uncertain future. Seeds and tools have been provided to help families to prepare for the next harvest, but with the situation growing worse every day, your help is desperately required.
Country Director of ActionAid Gambia, Kujejatou Manneh, said –
Saving lives is our priority and the international community needs to scale up its response to the crisis. This is a real emergency.
Funds are needed to help to deliver supplies to those worst affected by the drought to cope with the demand for food with the hungry months ahead. Simply click on the link below to make a donation to Action Aid to pledge your help during this increasingly difficult time.
Category: ActionAid, Childrens Charities
Action Aid UK is asking for your help to stop a new tax loophole that could end up costing poor countries billions. The government is planning to allow big businesses a much easier way to dodge their taxes thanks a new loophole that could cost poor countries up to £4 billion and the UK £1 billion!
The new loophole will be debated in parliament next month, and Action Aid are asking for you to make your voice heard vis your local MP. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this post to help raise your concerns and make the government change its plans.
Simply click on the link below to add your name to over 1500 others, and let’s stop this new tax loophole costing poor countries billions together.
Category: ActionAid, Charity Gifts
If you’re a bit stuck for a unique present this Valentine to give that special someone in your life (I know I am!), why not treat them to a unique virtual charity gift from Gifts in Action? This is totally different from the usual chocolates and flowers that most people send, and will definitely last longer!
By purchasing a charity gift from Action Aid UK, you will be helping poor communities to a better life thanks to your donation. Plus, if you’re leaving it till the last minute, their interactive E-Cards can be delivered instantly to your loved one via email . This last minute charity gift idea not only ensures that you will be giving a present that is thoughtful, but also ensure that your dinner doesn’t end up in the dog!
A gift such as a community garden costs just £29, and look at what it provides for a family in Guatemala –
So why not treat that special someone in your life to something different this Valentine’s with a charity gift Action Aid. Not only will you be offering up something unusual and unique as a gift, but you’ll also be helping less fortunate people across the world overcome poverty.
Category: ActionAid, Childrens Charities
Action Aid charity officials are still working hard on the front line of the devastating flooding that still effects Thailand and Cambodia 5 months on. The flooding, the worst seen in both countries for decades, has affected nearly seven million residents as people are forced from their homes by overflowing water.
ActionAid officials have provided 36,900 people in Cambodia with –
- Water purification kits
Whilst in Thailand, the charity has reached over 10,000 with emergency packages. The main focus now is to help people to try and rebuild their lives by ensuring all health and sanitation needs are met. In Cambodia, the ruined rice harvest is causing continued problems through food shortages, malnutrition and of course lack of funds, as these crops were many people’s livelihoods.
ActionAid Head of Emergencies, Bijay Kumar, said –
Although the attention of the world’s media may have moved on, the misery continues, with hundreds of thousands of people still living in appalling conditions. One third of Thailand’s and two-thirds of Cambodia’s provinces have been devastated. The floods have killed hundreds of people, destroyed millions of homes and livelihoods, triggered some serious diseases and ruined the countries’ rice crops. Our work has only just begun. We are moving out of the emergency phase where we have helped people to survive the initial impact of the floods. Our next challenge is helping people rebuild their lives – this will involve long term support that will help people become more resilient to future disasters.
The people of Haiti will be marching on the Government today, Wednesday 11th January 2011, to press MP’s into reforming land laws to allow the building of new houses. It’s been nearly two years since the deadly earthquake smashed Haiti to pieces, killing nearly a quarter of a million people and leaving 1.5million people homeless.
7,500 people will today march through the centre of Port au Prince to demand from the Government access to build adequate housing for those displaced. Led by The Je nan Je (Eye to Eye), which is made up of Haitian organisations, and funded by Action Aid, the movement will march to parliament to demand land to build homes for the 600,000 people who are still homeless.
Director of ActionAid Haiti, Jean-Claude Fignolé, said –
Haiti’s reconstruction process has proved that fighting poverty and making progress are impossible when the people are excluded. Haitians and particularly those most affected by the earthquake should be empowered to play a role in their own development, and should lead on the planning, implementation and monitoring of all rebuilding activity. Haitian organisations, the government and the international community now have the perfect opportunity to come together and define the parameters for a structure that is inclusive, collaborative and most importantly accountable. It is critical for the new prime minister to recognise that the traditional donor- and expert-led reconstruction models have failed the Haitian people so far and the solution is in a people-led model.
Due to complex disputes and a lack of public land to build on, the rebuilding of Haiti is being severely stifled. During the devastating quake, the land registry office was destroyed, losing deeds and creating inheritance disputes across the land. Action Aid officials are hoping to press the government into more development accountability and to allow the people of Haiti to be equal partners in the reconstruction process.
Category: ActionAid, Childrens Charities
Action Aid UK would like to say a big thank you to all the people who have supported their children’s charity in 2011. Thanks to your kind donations, Action Aid have been able to continue their tireless work across the globe to try and –
- fight hunger
- seek justice for women
- give children education
- cope with emergencies
Action Aid work in over 40 countries across the globe fighting poverty and injustice, giving hope to people where there was once none. Thanks to your kind donations, Action Aid can continue to help teachers, build wells, and lobby governments to try and ensure justice and food for everyone on the planet where humanly possible. Thank you so much for your support in 2011, and here’s to further successful campaigning in 2012.
Without your help, all these things would not be possible…
Action Aid UK is pleased to announce that you can now receive £1 off when you purchase 2 or more Gifts in Action. This excellent offer is available thanks to the generosity of Action Aid’s corporate partner BlueFrog, who will be paying the pound for you.
All you will need to do is add the voucher code –
at the online checkout to take advantage of this great money saving offer, kindly donated by BlueFrog Ltd, making it even easier to give a gift that can change lives. As always there are loads of amazing virtual charity gift ideas available with Action Aid, including winter coats, toys, even chicken breeding programmes, so why not give something a little different this Christmas with a Gift in Action.
Help ActionAid with a Charity Gift
You can also help raise funds with the ActionAid Gifts in Action scheme, giving you the chance to buy an unusual and thoughtful charity gift whilst also helping poor communities.