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September 2009

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In SmallTalk this month ...

Drought in Kenya

Come dine with us!

Inspiring Festival

Snakes ... andtoilets

Dear Supporter

I'm sure that you are moved, as I am,when yousee the television coverage of people suffering from the drought in Kenya. Sadly drought is nothing new in this country - it's a recurring problem that is only being made worse by climate change. But I do have hope when I think aboutthe work that we've done in Kenya which has protected thousands ofpeople from the worst of the drought.

I've also been inspired recently by a Festival weheldwith young engineersrevisiting the ideas of EF Schumacher. AndMandira's storybrings home the difference that even a small change, like a new toilet, can make to someone'slife.

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Surviving the drought

-10 million at risk of going hungry as crops fail
-250,000 children suffering from malnutrition
-17,000 people Practical Action have helped directly to prepare for drought situations. By delivering clean water and encouraging alternative ways to make a living we are givingthem a better chance of survival.

TV broadcaster, Adam Hart-Davis, has seen our work first hand - see his
video about our climate change work.

Come dine with us …

If you want to make a difference, and fancy a change from traditional fundraising ideas, takea look at our brand newFood for Good initiative.

Hosting a cosy meal with ourfamily and friends can raise vital funds for our work. Fundraising has never been more tasty - I'd love to hear which menus worked for you.

Back to our roots

Practical Action was inspired and founded by economist E. F. Schumacher, and his book Small is Beautiful.

To inspire a new generation with these brilliant ideas, I was delighted that we recently hosted the Small is Festival. Working with Engineers Without Borders we attracted a great crowd of young and enthusiastic people who will take this legacy forward. See thephotos of this action-packed weekend.

Mandira's story

I've recently heard this story of Mandira- a remarkable woman in Nepal. A simple toilet has totally changed her life. Not only has this brought health and hygiene benefits for the family, but the biogas it makes helps with cooking - and she doesn't have to live in fear of snakes (something I know some of us dread).

I hope this newsletter has inspired and encouraged you. If you'd like to hear about any particular aspect of our work please get in touch with me at margaret.gardner@practicalaction.org.uk


Margaret Gardner
Communications Director

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