Last week, I went to London to meet some lovely people from Action Aid. Action Aid is a charity that supports communities in over 40 countries to leave poverty behind. Their focus is to work with women, educate children, develop communities and respond to emergencies. They support communities by organising child sponsorship.
In a funky little coffee shop in Farringdon I met Enrico, who works for emergency team of Action Aid in Kenya. Enrico’s job is varied; he is responsible for distributing food to communities affected by drought. Food is distributed via schools and in return the schools must waiver school fees. The aim is keep people in their communities, by supporting them there, so they have less reason to head to refugee camps. Enrico and his team also work pro-actively with an eye on the future; supporting communities in longterm sustainable income. He identifies communities needing support and then spends days and weeks with the community. Listening to their issues and aims. He and his team make an assessment of what solutions and resources the community might need or may have.
What I didn’t appreciate about child sponsorship, it’s actually about sponsoring whole communities. While you connect with a particular child, Action Aid use the sponsorship to support the entire community. That might be a water project or income generating opportunities for women. Because from 40 years of experience they know what works. I think it’s a great way to teach a child here about life elsewhere, child sponsorship enables your child to make a direct connection.
Enrico is a very committed individual but the thing that drives him on; is he was a sponsored child. Child Sponsorship enabled to him to be fed and educated and he has taken the advantages given to him through sponsorship and given back to people and communities. You can’t help but like him for that.
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This isn’t a sponsored post but Action Aid did support my travel and brought me tea and a cake, regular readers know I like tea and cake but I also like empowering people to kick poverty.