How your money can help
Your support is important to us, which is why we use our funds effectively and resourcefully. As a lean and efficient charity, monies donated never pass through foreign governments and 81p in every £1 is allocated to our vital work around the world.
The ideas and technologies behind our projects may be simple, but the benefits are immeasurable.
We currently have seven overseas offices and are implementing over 100 projects worldwide, in countries such as Nepal, Peru and Kenya. In addition to this, our consultancy and educational work extends the reach of our practical approach to tackling poverty. In total, in 2006/2007, we outreached to some 664,000 people.
By supporting Practical Action, you will join us in our commitment to poverty reduction, and share our vision of a world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used to the benefit of all.
Please contact our Corporate Fundraising Manager for information on specific projects and how you can support us on 01926 634400 or email email@example.com.
Here are just some examples from the people we work with, which highlight how our work brings hope and longevity to communities:
"Thanks to the irrigation project, we are well organised. Each farmer irrigates at a designated time so there is enough water for all."
- Pilar, villager in the remote, mountainous region of Yanacancha, Peru.
"Life is easier now. Many people from my village are growing and selling vegetables that can be transported using the ropeway and then sold in Kathmandu. My community therefore has more money now."
- Pawan Dhakal, Nepal, whose quality of life has been vastly improved by the construction of a Gravity Ropeway, which enables the safe and efficient transportation of goods from remote areas.
"No words can express our gratitude to the donor. It is like god has come to rescue us. We never thought that anyone could be touched to give us such massive support. Neighbours marvel at the structure … thank you."
- a mother who has benefited from a new family home in Kenya. Since 2005, Practical Action has been working with communities in Kenya who have been displaced by conflict.
In the Gaibandha district of Bangladesh, hundreds of the poorest families have to survive in basic structures, having lost their previous homes due to increased flooding and erosion.
Practical Action has developed the disappearing lands project to help rebuild the lives of these vulnerable communities through construction of secure housing, the provision of basic service facilities and the facilitation of new livelihood opportunities.Shahana and Mohammed Akter and their daughter Soma, have benefited from a new home through the project. Prior to this, they lived with Shahana's father in a house perched precariously on an embankment with no access to clean water.
Now Mohammed is trained on the project and his wife has been trained in vegetable production, providing an additional source of income.
Shahana told us: "For the first time, we feel safe and secure. The village has good water and sanitation facilities and the cluster layout of the housing encourages a community spirit."
Their daughter, Soma, told us: "I remember the bad floods and having to live on the embankment with no fresh water. I never went to school before but now I can and have made many new friends. I want to grow up to be a teacher."