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Welcome from ActionAid


Olga McDonogh, CEO

Where We Work


ActionAid Ireland around the world











Bringing Child Messages to You


Empowering women and girls

Educating deaf children about HIV/AIDS

Teaching the importance of education and fun

Challenging discrimination

Educating poor rural communities

Update from Vietnam

Priority Projects: Nepal & Uganda


Building for the future

Emergencies - Your Donations Count


Fundraising in Action


Sponsor stories

Supporter Spotlight


Financial Review


David Chekwoti and his best friend Esben Shaka, holding their school pictures from Giriki settlement. Photo: Harry Freeland/ActionAid


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Welcome from ActionAid Greetings from all of us in ActionAid Ireland and thank you very much for all your support throughout 2010. We hope that you will enjoy reading ‘Taking Action’ and as you will see we have tried to make the review more environmentally friendly and cost effective in line with your feedback on our last review! You will find reports on the sustainable impact of your sponsorship in our Country Updates across the five countries where we work (pages 2-13) with real lives stories from the children. We’ve also included some feedback around our Emergency response (page 18) and highlighted some of our new Priority Projects (page 16) for this year. You will see from the personal stories in this review, just how much of a difference your support is making and you can read what is involved in Bringing Child Messages to You (page 14). Overall, 2010 was a very challenging year for all of us, and as we welcomed new child sponsors to ActionAid, we thanked many others who were not in a position to continue their support. We appreciate this is a difficult decision for many and hope to welcome you back to support ActionAid if circumstances change. A huge thanks to those of you who supported our work in Mandera and Malindi in Kenya for the past 12 years. We have stopped working directly with these communities as they are now ready to be self sufficient and we have transferred your support to our new areas in Kongelai and Marafa, which are both poor rural communities. We are truly grateful for what you have achieved. Your support has provided clean water for the whole community, secured better education for the children, and better farming methods to improve the quality of their crops. When I visited Kenya it was wonderful to see the water pumps in the villages and healthy crops growing on newly irrigated land that was previously barren. I would also like to send my sincere thanks to everyone who fundraised for our Safe Water Priority Project in Uganda last year. Read about how some of our supporters fundraised in Sponsor Stories (page 20). You can also read about individual supporters, some of whom have travelled out to see our work and written about it in their own words in Supporter Spotlight (page 24). Just as showing the impact of our work is important, we want to be fully accountable to you and have provided a breakdown of our financial income and expenditure in the Financial Review (page 28). ActionAid Ireland is very grateful to all our supporters who stand with us in our work to end poverty and injustice by ensuring the basic rights of children and their wider communities. We hope you enjoy reading about the work you have supported in this issue of ‘Taking Action’ and as always, we welcome your feedback. Yours sincerely,

Olga McDonogh Chief Executive, ActionAid Ireland


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Where we Work Since ActionAid Ireland was founded in 1983, we have taken sides with poor people, focusing in particular on women and girls, to end poverty and injustice working mainly with communities in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam.

Through our eleven Child Sponsorship programmes and our strong Irish supporter base, we are improving the lives of thousands of children and communities by helping them to secure their basic rights to food, water, shelter, medical attention and education.

UGANDA - Population of 33.8 million - Average life expectancy is 54.1 years - 1 in 7 children dies before they reach their fifth birthday - 1 in 14 people is HIV positive - 2 child sponsorship programmes one with UNAD (Uganda National Association of the Deaf) across several villages and one in Amuru.

KENYA - Population of 38.6 million - Average life expectancy of 55.6 years - 1 in 8 children dies before they reach their fifth birthday - 43% of people do not have access to clean, safe water - 2 child sponsorship programmes in Marafa and Kongelai (in 2010 we completed our work after 12 years in Mandera and Malindi)

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We also campaign for the rights of those who have been marginalised and connect and empower people to speak up and have a voice at a national level, in order to effect changes in legislation and improve their lives.

NEPAL - Population of 29.9 million - Average life expectancy is 67.5 years - 60.3% of the population is illiterate - 67.6% of employed people live on less than US$1.25 a day - 3 child sponsorship development programmes - one in Baitadi, one in Bara and one working with freed-Kamaiya and Badi communities

VIETNAM - Population of 89.03 million - 37% of children under 5 are malnourished

CAMBODIA - Population of 14.4 million - Average life expectancy of 62.28 years - 45% of children aged between 5 and 14 are engaged in some form of child labour - 77% of population without electricity - 1 child sponsorship programme in Battambang Province, northern Cambodia

- Up to 76% of people living in rural areas do not have access to safe water - 24.2% of employed people live on less than $1.25 a day - 3 child sponsorship programmes in - Cao Bang and Quan Ba, in northern Vietnam and one in Krong Bong in the Central Highlands

Source: UN Development Statistics 2010


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Sabari Classh, 13, Nkoben Primary School, Narok, Kenya

Photo: Piers Benatar/Panos Pictures/ActionAid

Country Report:

Kenya Empowering women and girls We have over 3,000 child sponsors supporting two programmes in Kenya; one in Marafa in eastern Kenya and one in Kongelai in western Kenya. We have recently completed two 12 year projects in Malindi and Mandera and the communities are now self-reliant with access to clean safe water and schools for their children – we have achieved so much with your support. Our supporter services co-ordinator, Michelle Sweeney, travelled to our child sponsorship programmes in April 2011 and shares her story with you.

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My visit to Kongelai I had an unforgettable visit to ActionAid’s work in Kongelai, Kenya in April. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. Kongelai is located in a valley with mountains high on either side. It looks very green with lots of trees, but on closer inspection, these are desert bushes. The earth is very dry, dusty and arid and the sun beats down unforgivingly. There is very little water and many of the rivers have dried up. Life is very difficult in Kongelai, especially for women and girls. Women and girls bear the hardship It is a patriarchial society and women have no say in what happens in the community, or even in their own lives. Yet they have to do all the work both in their homes and in the fields. It is common for men to have more than one wife and a girl does not have the right to choose who she marries. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still common in parts of Kongelai. This happens to a girl once she reaches the age of 12 or 13. As soon as this is done, she is considered eligible for marriage.

Anne (far right) and friends at Chemakeu Primary School

REAL LIVES STORY Anne Cheyech from class 5 spoke. She told us: “Female genital mutilation is very common here. ActionAid came to the area and campaigned against FGM, early marriage, and for school enrolment. I attended a seminar organised by ActionAid with other girls from my school, where we learned about our rights. We should not have to go through FGM and be married so young. We also learned about HIV/AIDS, and that we need to protect ourselves from it. I went home and told my parents what I had learned. But I still have many friends who are not in school, and have not learned what I have. It is important to me to follow what I have learned.”

Supporting women’s rights I visited Chemakeu Primary School, where I met with a women’s and girl’s rights group supported by ActionAid. They are spreading the message to the wider community and campaigning against female circumcision, early marriage and encouraging parents to send their children to school. ActionAid’s work with the community has reaped rewards already in Kongelai. Thanks to your support and campaigning on a local level, people’s attitudes are slowly changing, bringing hope to the women and girls of Kongelai.


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Enid, 5, Masindi District, Uganda

UGANDA Country Report:

Educating deaf children about HIV/AIDS


We have 1,485 child sponsors supporting two programmes in Uganda, one in Amuru and one in Kambara with UNAD (Ugandan National Association of the Deaf). Uganda has made considerable progress in tackling the HIV epidemic but there is still a significant percentage of people infected - 1 in every 14 people in Uganda or 7%


of the population. ActionAid works closely with the deaf community, who suffer the negative attitudes of the community and have limited access to education. They are the poorest of the poor and their situation is worsened by the fact that deafness is an invisible disability and hence rarely attracts society’s attention or concern.

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Sign language In Uganda ActionAid has focused its HIV work on the deaf community in particular and on improving the ability of children and adults to communicate with sign language. This has greatly enhanced the capability of the deaf and hearing children and their teachers to communicate fluently. Shockingly, less than 0.2% of the teachers in schools and units for the deaf in Uganda can use sign language despite the government commitment on inclusive education so deaf children cannot attend inclusive schools and this is a key challenge. Training on HIV/AIDS ActionAid believes in the ripple effect and how training a group of people in HIV/AIDS awareness activities and then encouraging these people to reach out into communities to train other people, can build capacity and spread the message at community level. In 2010, ActionAid conducted refresher training sessions for 20 ‘Trainer of Trainers’ in HIV/AIDS who managed to train a further 370 people in 27 REFLECT centres and this has helped to create awareness amongst the deaf and their families staying in remote areas who wouldn’t normally have access to these programmes. As well as increasing their awareness, the programme has encouraged these individuals and people from the wider community to discuss the issue more openly. This further reduces the likelihood that people will engage in behaviour in the future that puts them at risk of contracting the virus.


ActionAid reflect approach ActionAid pioneered the REFLECT approach to adult literacy which is learner led and not teacher led. It teaches literacy through using materials on issues that the specific groups in question are interested in and can relate to. Now used by over 500 organisations in 70 countries, the REFLECT approach links adult learning to empowerment, and strengthens the voices of poor people in education and decision making at all levels.

REAL LIVES: CALEB’S STORY Caleb Otatina is happy to go to school Caleb Otatina is a 13 year old boy, who with the help of ActionAid, has better self esteem following a long period of discrimination by his peers, family members and siblings. He says: “I was born with a hearing impairment. My friends used to laugh at me and call me names. I was sad all the time, and I used to stay in my house. One day, I received great news from an ActionAid worker who visited our village to meet with all the deaf children in the community and our families. He told us that deaf people are entitled to the same human rights as everyone else, and that we should be treated like any other person. Since then, my parents have started to take me to school like all the other children. There, I discovered that there were other children like me. I have started to learn sign language, and I am now able to communicate with my family and friends.”

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Khat Seyha 4, Kim Samnang 10 and VY Davith 6, Battambang province, north west Cambodia

Country Report:

CAMBODIA Teaching the importance of education and fun ActionAid works in a number of provinces in Cambodia, one of which is the Battambang province in the north-east with our partner KABB. This is an acronym of Cambodian words ‘Koampear Aphiwate and Bandos Bandal’ which means ‘Protect, Develop and Train’. It is a community based organisation working with ActionAid since 2007 in 12 villages where 1,851 families live.

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We have 417 child sponsors in Battambang and with your support, ActionAid has focused on informing parents about the importance of education for their children and now over 200 children, whose families did not send them to school, have now started classes. In 2010, ActionAid also built a school in Prey Thom village with co-operation from the community and now two trained teachers, also from the community, give daily classes to the children. ActionAid and KABB also realise that getting the children involved in fun and educational activities is very important for their development, especially as these children are from remote areas and do not get the chance to socialise in large groups. Children’s day In response to this, ActionAid celebrates Children’s Day on June 1st every year, aimed at promoting children’s rights within society as well as providing the children with the opportunity to interact with each other and to participate in fun and educational events. Last year, 286 children came together to play games and to participate in dancing, singing, and quiz competitions. Chhet Vantin (14), studying in grade six at Tumnub Trakuon primary school, is one of the children who attended Children’s Day. She told us how much she enjoyed the event. “I was so happy that I attended Children’s Day because I could participate in fun and educational activities together with my friends and other children in the village.”


The main challenges in 2011 for KABB and the community is to continue to increase school enrolment for children and to educate parents about the importance of educating their children. Another key area will be focusing on improving women’s health and educating the community about health issues in general.

REAL LIVES: CHEK CHANNEURN Chek Channeurn, age 10, told us her story. “I have 5 brothers and sisters, and I am the second child in the family. I am really happy to be able to return to school right here in my village. My older brother also studies here with me in grade 3. My three younger siblings will also attend school here when they reach school age. When there was no school in this area, I dropped out of school, because the school I was going to was far from my home. All of the other children here had the same problem. We always felt afraid on our way to school. Thankfully, now we are able to get an education and we also have the chance to meet, play and have fun together.”

Chek Channe urn, 10, studying at school

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Nabina Tharu 6, studies in class 3 of Shreemukt Kamaiya Primary, Nepal

Country Report:

NEPAL Challenging discrimination – Kamaiya & Dalit communities ActionAid works with our partners in three child sponsorship programmes in Nepal - in Bara, Baitadi and with Freed-Kamaiya communities (former bonded labourers) in our ‘Women & Development’ programme. This work is supported by 1,669 child sponsors. A key focus for ActionAid is working with discriminated groups and campaigning for ‘free education’ for Kamaiya and Dalit children.

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The Kamaiya were bonded labourers who worked like slaves to pay the debt of their ancestors by means of free labour. ActionAid and other NGOs lobbied the government for many years for their freedom and in 2000, the government eventually declared them free. Following liberation, however, thousands of Kamaiya were evicted from their landlord’s properties. With nowhere to go, they had no choice but to sleep outside in the monsoon rains. Hundreds of people, mainly women and children, died from diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera. ActionAid has an ongoing campaign to build secure and lasting housing for the Kamaiya and support their right to free education. ActionAid also works with a group called the ‘Dalits’ which translates as ‘untouchables’ – a lower caste who are discriminated against and denied the same access to education, health and employment opportunities. A right to education ActionAid and our partners in Nepal have been campaigning tirelessly for the right to a free education for Kamaiya and Dalit children. Although the government has declared free education till class 8, some schools are still taking fees under various guises (maintenance fee, admission fee, exam fees for example). Continuous advocacy and meetings with government officials has helped to make six schools in Freed-Kamaiya communities free of all costs.


A brighter future for children ActionAid has also provided scholarships to cover the cost of school fees and expenses like uniforms and transport and has distributed uniforms and established libraries in schools in some of the poorest areas. The libraries are used by almost 2,000 children whose families cannot afford to buy books. School attendance has improved greatly (there has been an 8.6% increase in the percentage of school going children in the FreedKamaiya communities) which is a very positive step. The main challenge this year is to continue to lobby the government to keep their promises.

Ashok Tharu, Primary School teacher with Kamaiya children

REAL LIVES: ASHOK’S STORY “I am a primary teacher now and I teach

students up to class 4,” says 25 year old Ashok Tharu. He recalls his past: “I still feel angry when I remember the day I could not sit an exam because I could not pay the exam fee of NRs 260 (€2.77). I did not give up hope. I worked hard to earn some money and I completed class 10. After that, it was not possible for me to continue my studies as the cost became too expensive. Then I decided that I should join the work of RKJS (ActionAid’s partner in Nepal) to lobby for free education for Freed-Kamaiya students like me. I joined a youth club, we held rallies and organised petitions in the district education office. As a result, we were able to establish a primary school in our community, and the Freed-Kamaiya children from our community are now studying for free.”

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Nguyen Thi Anh, 11, walking to school on a cold morning, wearing her new coat, Vietnam. Photo: Harry Freeland/ActionAid

Country Report:

VIETNAM Educating poor rural communities ActionAid has been working in Cao Bang and Quan Ba since 2005 and has just started a new child sponsorship programme in Krong Bong last year. Overall we have 1,400 child sponsors in Vietnam supporting our work.

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Although overall poverty in Vietnam has declined from 58.1% in 1993 to 10.6% in 2010 (UNDP, 2010 Human Development Report), extreme poverty remains heavily concentrated in remote, isolated and ethnic minority regions. Gaps between rich and poor, and disparity between urban and rural areas are rising. There are nearly four million people who have never attended school (5% of the total population aged 5 years and over) and this is why ActionAid focuses its efforts in remote communities to improve access to education and increase literacy rates. We would like to highlight some examples of education initiatives from our child sponsorship programmes.

Cao Bang - Poor children receive warm jackets for winter Sam Van Hoan is a 10-year-old boy and he lives in the community of Da Thong, where winters are extremely cold with sharp winds. Temperatures often drop to 6-8oC, and the people do not have warm clothes to protect them from the cold weather. Last winter, Hoan was one of 170 local children who received warm jackets from ActionAid.

Quan Ba - A ‘green library’ brings more happiness In Quan Ba district, there are a total of 13 primary schools and 2 secondary schools. None of the schools had a proper library and instead the children only had access to a couple of reference books which they read in cramped rooms. To help improve the situation, in July 2010, ActionAid set up libraries in two schools for 700 children. Children can now borrow books to read in the school gardens instead of sitting inside the room as they used to. The children were also consulted on how to decorate and organise the library into a friendly and inviting place, so going to school has become more interesting and fun thanks to our ActionAid supporters.


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REAL LIVES: HOAN’S STORY “Hello! My name is Hoan and I am in grade 4 at school. My winter jacket came from ActionAid. The jacket looks very nice and colourful. I like it very much. I wear my jacket every day and I always try to keep it clean. The jacket keeps me warm so I am no longer scared of the cold winter days. Thank you very much to ActionAid! I hope more children in my community will also get warm jackets like me”

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Bringing Child Messages to you VIETNAM

in the making of their messages. To encourage children to be creative, each time we use different materials such as crayons, paper folding, coloured paper and handicraft like embroidery.

Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang, Child Sponsorship Officer in Quan Ba district, Vietnam.

Poor children are part of my heart “Hello. I am Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang, Child Sponsorship Officer in Quan Ba district, Ha Giang province, Vietnam. I have been working for ActionAid in this area since 2005 and I collect child messages twice a year to send to our Irish supporters. Writing the messages is a great opportunity for the children to come together to learn and to have a good time and we often organise games, fun activities and refreshments. Before the event takes place, we meet with some children to talk about which kinds of materials they would like to use

We also allow enough time and provide a suitable environment for children to imagine, like in the school yard or under big trees. We let them express themselves. Sometimes, the children find it hard to express themselves, as in the case of mountainous and remote areas like Quan Ba, where many children are often shy and hide. To make it easier and fun, we have folk games, art performances (singing, dancing), cartoons or quizzes on ActionAid and our supporters. Our message collections happen mostly in schools but it is not always the case. Children may drop out from school during the harvest time to help their parents in the field. So I must travel about 50km by motorbike on the rocky mountain roads from my office to where they are working to get each and every child message because I understand how much the supporters value their child message. In the rainy season, which can last from April to

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Dang Thi Lieu draws a message for her sponsor Dang Thi Lieu is studying in Quan Ba primary school at grade 2 and describes why she enjoys creating a message to send to her sponsor.

October, our job becomes harder, as the roads become very muddy and flooded with rain. Even though I face many challenges, I feel my job is very meaningful to bring our supporters and the poor children closer. Each time I meet with children, I realise that they are my motivation and bring so much happiness to my life. They have become part of my heart. The children also place great value on the messages they receive from their Irish supporters and proudly display them in a glass box outside their school” (see picture above).

“This is the second time I have drawn a child message to send to my sponsor. My friends and I were given lots of crayons and colourful paper. I drew a picture about me and my teacher, in which I was offering her some flowers. She is so nice and teaches us many good things. After creating the message, my friends and I had sweets and cakes while listening to letters from sponsors. It was a great time; we learned about life in another country and we feel the care from our sponsors towards us.”

Dang Thi Lieu draws a message for her sponsor


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Priority Projects

Building for the future GIRIKI, Uganda In response to requests from our supporters about fundraising for ActionAid Ireland, we are delighted to launch two new priority projects this year. Whether it’s educating children out of poverty by building a school in Uganda or providing secure housing for Kamaiya families in Nepal, your support can bring about lasting change. ‘Build a School, Build a Future’ You may have read about our project to build a school and start a school feeding programme for 500 children in Giriki village, Uganda, in our Christmas appeal last year. We featured the story of David and Esben in a makeshift school room made from tin sheets (they are pictured on our front cover) and we are very grateful to those supporters who helped us raise €33,759. Building the school remains a priority project for ActionAid Ireland this year. Since 2007 ActionAid has been working with the people of Giriki to help them resettle and re-build their lives after years of war and conflict and in 2008 our Irish supporters helped build a health centre for the community. This year our focus is to raise funds to support the school construction with a cost of €143,432 and the school feeding programme with a cost of €22,247, to ensure the children get an education and at least one nutritious meal a day.

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Fact: Giriki is close to the eastern Ugandan border with Kenya, where people have suffered through decades of conflict. 30,000 people were forced from their homes and left destitute, their homes and schools were burned and their livestock stolen. Aim: To help people returning to the village of Giriki to create a secure future for their children, starting with a new primary school, built on land that the community has secured from the government. What your money can buy €49 could get blackboards for five classrooms €286 is the cost per child of building the school €4,100 could construct a toilet block for girls at the school €11,300 could construct one classroom

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‘Build Secure Homes and Sustainable Livelihoods’ As featured in our country update on Nepal, ActionAid has been working with the Kamaiya to build secure and lasting homes and to ensure sustainable livelihoods and education for their children and the wider community. Our Irish supporters have helped to build 138 houses over the past three years, but there are still hundreds of families who are without a home. Fact: freed Kamaiya (bonded labourers) are Nepal’s poorest people. Many became homeless when their landlords evicted them in 2000 after they were freed, and the government has done little to help. Aim: to improve the lives of freed Kamaiya people by providing secure housing in western Nepal and improving access to other government services, such as education for their children.


What your money can buy €30 could provide hardware such as nuts and bolts for one house €150 could pay for a carpenter and masons to build one house €530 could pay for bags of cement and roofing for one house €1,700 could build an entire house for a family Will you join our priority project and fundraise? Please contact us by emailing and we will send you your fundraising pack with factsheets and posters. You then simply choose the project you would like to support and we can share lots of fun ideas to help you get started. How about a Ugandan dress day in work or school with green and yellow colours, a ‘Come Dine With Me’ evening and charge your friends, or organise your own sponsored hill climb for Nepal? Do please get in touch if you’re interested and we’ll send you updates on what your support is achieving.

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Helping People in Emergencies Your donations count

Haiti ActionAid’s earthquake response in Haiti last year had a direct impact on 138,000 survivors (23,000 families) and raised €10 million internationally. The funds raised helped ActionAid distribute essential food packages containing rice, fish, maize, flour, sugar and cooking oil. Around 9,137 families (over 54,822 people) have received these life saving rations. ActionAid also distributed hygiene kits (containing sanitary pads for women, soap, tooth brush, tooth paste, combs) to over 57,096 women and new mothers while in hospital along with nappies and baby food spoons to feed their children. In the first few months following the earthquake, ActionAid provided tarpaulin sheeting to over 11,000 families living in camps. To date, we have built one transitional shelter Bon Berger camp, Mariani. Transitional shelters, commonly made from plywood, concrete blocks and plastic corrugated sheets, can last from 3-5 years, and provide more robust shelter from wind and rain than tarpaulins or tents.

ActionAid Haiti also distributed 1,500 school kits (containing a back pack, ruler, pen, pencils, and notebooks) to children. We are also supporting internally displaced people in Thiotte by building a Community Communication Centre which will also act as an informal school. Pictured above is Innocent Jean getting her daughter, Suzette Fleuremisse, ready for school. She is using money she earned in an ActionAid ‘Cash for Work’ program which enabled her to start a small business to send her children to school. We very much appreciate your response to our emergency appeal but there is still so much to do in Haiti.

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Pakistan Shortly after the floods began, ActionAid Pakistan began distributing food packages, non-food items (including plastic sheets for shelter, hygiene kits), and fodder for livestock. In the first three months alone we reached 18,188 families with these immediate relief supplies. Between August 2010 and January 2011, ActionAid raised a total of €6 million internationally in funds and reached 220,952 people (27,619 families). We believe women’s participation must be ensured in all phases of emergency response and their role should be strengthened in community based committees. ActionAid Pakistan established nine women and child friendly centres where communities were engaged in informal sharing, education and awareness on protection and women’s rights issues. ActionAid’s ongoing work will focus on supporting families with rehabilitation of shelters through cash for work projects, distributing non-food items including bedding, blankets and warm clothes to support people and implementing projects focusing on livelihoods and agricultural rehabilitation.


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ActionAid is helping children like Asif Khairpur and their families feel like they have hope in what seems like a desperate situation. “I don’t really remember what happened that night because I was in a deep sleep. Then the flood came. My mum and dad said, ‘We have to run away from here’. Then the water came in our home. My mum was crying. Everyone was crying.” Thanks to ActionAid support, now they can see a brighter future.

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Fundraising in Action Sponsor stories

We wish to express our sincere thanks to everyone who fundraised on our behalf to raise awareness of the mission of ActionAid Ireland and its work in your community. Your goodwill and determination is transforming the lives of some of the poorest families and communities in the world – here are just a couple of examples. If you would like to get involved in fundraising for ActionAid, we would love to hear from you. We can provide you with plenty of ideas, advice and support. Please contact us on 01 8787911 or email

Marianne’s Paintings Workshop

Using the Arts to Fundraise Last year, our priority project to provide safe water for girls in Kitemba primary school in Uganda was generously supported by the fundraising series called “Friday Nights in Eyeries”, held at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat in Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork. Organised by Noreleen O’Dwyer, Jennifer Russell, and Sue Booth-Forbes, who owns and runs the retreat, and now in its sixth season, the series of events took place on the last Friday of each month from October through May and included poetry readings, the launch of a photography exhibition, an evening of jazz, a gardening event, a choral performance and a fashion event with Irish Independent Fashion Editor, Constance Harris. All of the performers gave their time and talent for free to the great appreciation of the people of Beara who together raised an amazing €4,200.

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Rachel & Emma Pender Saving for Kamaiya

Rachel and Emma Pender are daughters of Mark Pender and his wife Una, supporters from Dublin who sponsor a little boy in Nepal. The girls wrote to ActionAid telling us about how they saved up €238.50 between them and cycled down to the post office every Friday to lodge their savings to support Rangeeta and our Kamaiya appeal to build secure housing. Rachel wrote: “I want you to give Rangeeta a better life. Maybe not as good as mine. Just the best you can give. When I grow up I promise to support your charity a lot more”.

Emma (left) and Rachel (righ

t) on their bikes

Thank you so much girls for your generosity towards others.

Transition Year Art Auction in Mount Temple School Students selling art for Vietnam

Emmet Bunting, an art teacher at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Clontarf, Co. Dublin had recently returned from a visit to Vietnam and had been inspired by the landscape, people and the plight of victims of Agent Orange chemicals dropped during the US war there. He decided to introduce his Transition Year pupils to Vietnamese art and organise an exhibition to raise funds for Vietnam. Having created wonderful paintings merging western iconic images with Vietnamese motifs, the students organised and held their exhibition raising €750 for our Education programme in Dak Lak, Central Vietnam.


One of the wonderful pain tings “Vietnabbey Road“ by Aoif e Leon


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Sponsor stories continued Action Heroes

Running poverty into the ground

Our ‘Action Heroes’ came out in force in the June sunshine to support ActionAid for the 2010 Flora Mini Marathon raising a total of €8,000 towards our Priority Project in Kitemba primary school. This project helped to change the lives of over 2,000 children and their families, by providing safe drinking water and helping children go back to school. Sarah Francis from Live Drive on 103.2 Dublin City FM was our star fundraiser raising €1,175. Sarah, Pam and Nicole at

the Flora Mini-Marathon

“We took part in the 2010 mini marathon for ActionAid’s priority project for safe water in Uganda and now over 2,000 girls have safe and easy access to clean water every day. Knowing Live Drive played a small part in that made all the effort worth while”.

Mairead Ochoninsky also undertook a gruelling challenge to run the Dublin City Marathon for ActionAid and finished in 3 hours 44 minutes and 30 seconds – her best record yet! Mairead raised an amazing €4,500 to support our priority projects.

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Mairead Ochoninsky

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ActionAid PwC people giving scheme Thanks to the staff and management of PwC who supported ActionAid as one of their chosen charities and presented Olga with a cheque for €4,780.

nogh er), Olga McDo (PwC HR Partn rmel O’Connor nior Partner) Ca Se C ht, rig (Pw y to t rph From lef nán Mu Ireland) and Ro (CEO ActionAid

Put the fun into fundraising! As there are lots of different regional and national running and challenge events throughout the year, we would love to see more ActionAid supporters become ‘Action Heroes’ for ActionAid and have lots of fun doing so! You can set up your own fundraising page on to help you spread the word and raise support for your fundraising event! You can also join our facebook page and find us on where we’ll keep you posted on any interesting stories about our work and our upcoming events. If you want to let us know about any of your events, we can post them there too! If you or your friends are planning on entering any events or would like to organise your own event like a coffee morning or table quiz, or fundraise in your school for a priority project this year, please send an email to and we will send you out a fundraising pack and provide you with fun fundraising ideas.


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Supporter spotlight

Eilish meeting Baraba, aged 7 in his home

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Eilish O’Connor Writes about her visit to meet Baraba “My sponsored child’s name is Baraba. He was 7 when I got to visit him. He lives in a small house with his parents, brothers and sisters. He would like to be a doctor when he grows up. About a year after beginning my sponsorship, I had the opportunity to visit Uganda and I contacted ActionAid straight away. After receiving photos and letters from Baraba I really wanted to meet him, to see firsthand how he lives and how my sponsorship was helping him. We came from Kampala and as we got closer the roads vanished. We had to go through bush to get to Baraba’s house. I really wasn’t prepared emotionally for it. I had a range of feelings – from excitement, nervousness, to apprehension but when I saw him I was so happy. He is such a beautiful child, with an amazing smile. His family welcomed me into their home. I was quite emotional and upset to see how a big family could live in such a small and basic dwelling. I was very sad to hear that Baraba hadn’t been able to attend school recently as he had malaria.


Baraba showed me around the farm and I was delighted to see their goat, which had been purchased with some of my sponsorship money. I was overwhelmed at their generosity to me. They gave me so many gifts of fruit and vegetables and a chicken! I also had gifts for them – but I still didn’t feel like it was enough. I felt like I had done so little, yet Baraba’s family were so grateful for it. It made me realise how a little sponsorship from us in Ireland can make such a huge positive impact on families and communities in Uganda. I wish all sponsors could visit their sponsored child, to see how proud they should feel about themselves for the huge difference they are making to homes across the developing world” Eilish fundraised when she got home with an 80’s night and sold jewellery and organised a pub quiz which raised €961 to help build a playground for school children. She’s organising another event in the Turks Head pub in Temple Bar, Dublin, so we’ll post the details on our Facebook page as all are welcome!

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Aodan Clarke, meeting school children, Kongelai, West Pokot, Kenya

Aodan Clarke ActionAid supporter, visit to Kongelai, Kenya – building a brighter future “I had the enriching experience in March 2010 of witnessing firsthand what can be achieved when an organisation like ActionAid empowers people to change their lives. By building partnerships between different people ActionAid brings together the different elements required to achieve sustainable development in communities. My visit was to a project in Kongelai, West Pokot, Kenya to build a school dormitory to which myself and my wife Anne had contributed. All of the ActionAid people I met as part of my visit impressed me greatly with their dedication and the obvious rapport that they have built up with the people they seek to empower. I met with the Head Teacher, Mr Michael Kakuko along with the Chiefs, Members of the School Management Committee, the Local Councillor and the people and children of the district. These are all people who persevered without the support they deserved until ActionAid began work in the area.

The appreciation they express for the work and support of ActionAid cannot be understated and they were anxious to extend that appreciation back to the sponsors who make ActionAid’s work possible. ActionAid ensured that the people in Riwo themselves had ownership of the project by encouraging input and involvement from all stakeholders in the community. They also provided training in various relevant skills and organised different children’s and women’s rights awareness campaigns to ensure that the provision of the dormitory infrastructure would be backed up by the necessary support to make it sustainable into the future. This included a food programme and a commitment from government to provide additional resources to support the increasing demands on the school. The project has become a model for other communities to follow and the people have been passing on the training, knowledge and skills that they have gained and so, they will empower other surrounding communities to change their lives also.”

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Pat McNulty, and his wife Mary

Pat McNulty Sponsoring for over 25 years ActionAid Ireland would like to extend a special thanks to Pat McNulty and his wife Mary who are ActionAid’s longest supporters. Pat is originally from Donegal close to the Fermanagh border, and now lives in Carrigaline, Co. Cork. He has been supporting ActionAid since the day we opened our office doors on O’Connell Street in 1983. His father was a supporter of ActionAid UK and when Pat left home at 17, he started to sponsor a child through ActionAid UK and then through ActionAid Ireland.


The eldest of seven, Pat, now 61 years and retired has lived an exciting life. He went to sea with Irish Shipping Ltd in 1968, on their cargo ships. In 1975 he joined the Irish Naval Service at Haulbowline, Co. Cork and captained many of their ships on patrol around Ireland and also on visits to European ports. Pat has sponsored many children over the years and supported many of our appeals, most recently building housing for Kamaiya in Nepal. We could not do our work without supporters like you Pat.

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Financial Review

How your money was spent Each year we publish our financial accounts on our website This information has been extracted from the Consolidated Financial Statements, on which our auditors, Grant Thorton, have reported. In order to keep costs down we don’t automatically post a copy to all of our supporters, however if you would like a printed copy, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01 878 79 11.

Statement of financial activities for the year ended 31st December 2010.

Child Sponsorship

€2.14M (63%)

Irish Government

€0.85M (25%)

Other Donations (Appeals, Individuals, Trusts, Tax) €0.43M (12%) TOTAL €3.42M

Overseas Programmes & Support Costs

€2.84M (87%)

Costs of Generating Funds €0.41M (13%) Governance & Advocacy €0.02M (less then 1%) TOTAL €3.27M

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Contact Us

ActionAid Ireland Team

Olga McDonogh CEO

Cliodhna O’Leary Finance Manager

Michelle Sweeney Supporter Services Co-ordinator

Sharon Edge Head of Fundraising & Communications

Veronica Waters Administrator

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Actionaid Annual Report 2010  

Actionaid Annual Report 2010

Actionaid Annual Report 2010  

Actionaid Annual Report 2010