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November 2009

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In SmallTalk this month ...

"Wave" to show you care


Ant & Dec's toilet trip  


10 years in Bolivia   


Dear Supporter

I've just come back from Zimbabwe where I've been to gather information on our work, talk with the people we've been working with and meet our amazing local team. Some of my findings will be used in a report on renewable energy, due to be presented to our patron, HRH, The Prince of Wales, next year. In the meantime, stories from my incredible adventure are available to read via my blog.

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Copenhagen is coming: Join the Wave   

The UN climate conference begins on 7th December and is the world's best chance for a deal to halt the effects of global warming.

Our mission is to help the world's poorest adapt to climate change - so decisions made in Copenhagen will be vital to our work. You could join us, and thousands of others, at 'The Wave' rally in London on 5th December. Also: keep up-to-date by following our Copenhagen coverage via our blogs & twitter. 

Tara's floating garden: A small victory against climate change

Practical Presents are a great idea for Christmas. Not only could you be giving the gift of self-sufficiency to poor communities, you could also be helping them to combat global warming. Find out how we helped train Tara Begum from Bangladesh to build a floating garden, just one of our extensive gift range. Tara can now feed her family despite the flooded land.

Tougher than any Bush Tucker Trial  

The sight and smell of a pit latrine in Kibera, Kenya was enough to make ITV's I'm a Celebrity presenters Ant & Dec struggle to speak through the stench. World Toilet Day, in November, emphasises the importance of clean, safe toilets. Watch again this incredible video, made on behalf of Comic Relief, which shows how, by introducing public toilets, Practical Action has changed lives in this Kenyan community.

A Decade of Practical Action in Bolivia

It's been ten years since we first began work in Bolivia . In 2009, we opened our office in La Paz, expanding our project work to improve people's livelihoods in this Latin American country. Discover how we're helping 800 peasant families to develop dairy farming and improve the overall production of profitable crops.

With best wishes,

Margaret Gardner
Communications Director

P.S. How much time will you spend in the kitchen on Christmas Day - A) none to 2 hours; B) 3-5 hours; or C) more than 5 hours?  Please take a minute to answer this simple question by emailing A, B or C to smalltalk@practicalaction.org.uk We'll report back in the New Year to let you know how others around the world spend their day at this festive time of year.


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