ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.

Their dedicated local staff are ending violence against women and girls and helping change lives, for good. They won’t stop until women and girls are out of danger, out of poverty and on track to create the future they want.

For every £1 donated, they spend 69p on programme activity, including humanitarian and development work.

UrbanLeaf are fortunate enough to have been working in partnership with ActionAid for over four years and have more recently started inspiring people to become child sponsors.

Women and girls experience violence and discrimination in every society, simply because of their gender. From the moment they are born, millions of girls around the world face many forms of violence including rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual exploitation and child marriage.

As UrbanLeaf fundraisers, we inspire members of the public to be part of the solution.

Amongst other things, ActionAid work with local women’s groups to tackle violence against women and girls and ensure survivors are supported in accessing justice. It’s complicated but by working with communities to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, they will create long-term change for good.

Below are just a few of the people who have benefited from their great work, and the money our fundraisers have helped secure.


Hundreds of girls where twelve-year-old Anuarite (centre) lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo are now attending school for the first time.

By working with parents and children, ActionAid helped everyone understand the importance of education. They also built 12 new classrooms to accommodate the additional pupils, including Anuarite, who is doing well in her studies.


Talat is the first female rickshaw driver in Bhopal, India. She is a survivor of domestic violence.

She received help from ActionAid’s Gauravi One-Stop Crisis Centre who provide free medical treatment, counselling, and legal support for women survivors of violence.

Thi Ngoan

Thanks to child sponsorship, children like Thi Ngoan (centre) and her friends in Vietnam have safe, clean water at school.

You can also find out more about ActionAid’s work in the video below.