International Development Minister praises Practical Action for its most successful fundraising campaign ever

Press release, 24 February 2014

International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone visited the offices of Practical Action to celebrate the organisation having its most successful fundraising campaign ever.

The Safer Cities campaign raised over £840,000 from Practical Action supporters. Under the DFID matched funding scheme every pound raised by Practical Action's supporters will be matched by a pound from DFID bringing the total to just almost £1.7m.

Margaret Gardner, Director at Practical Action, said “Our Safer Cities campaign was the most successful ever. The money will be used to continue our work in Nepal and Bangladesh to improve slum dwellers access to water/sanitation provision, shelter, waste management and infrastructure. None of this would have been possible without the generous contributions from supporters and DFID.”

International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

“This is a huge response to Practical Action’s appeal, reaching more than three times the initial target. It shows just how much public support there is for Practical Action’s work to provide clean water and basic sanitation for thousands of people living in slums in Bangladesh and Nepal.

“I’m delighted that we will help double the impact this generosity has by matching all public donations pound for pound. Safe water for drinking and washing helps people stay well, which in turn means they can stay in school, earn an income and ultimately take control of their own lives.”

While at the offices the minister was shown a video about the work and was involved in a video conference with the Women’s Development Association Network in Sudan where she talked about her campaign to bring energy access to women and girls. Afterwards she was given traditional Sudanese tea made with Hibiscus on a clean energy cook stove used in Sudan.

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UK International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone MP takes Sudanese tea with Simon Trace (CEO), Lucy Stevens (Energy Policy & Practice Adviser) and Margaret Gardner (Communications Director).

UK International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone MP with Practical Action staff (L-R) Aaron Leopold (Global Energy Advocate), Nick Milton (Press Officer), Simon Trace (CEO), Margaret Gardner (Communications Director), Astrid Walker Bourne (Policy & Practice Director) and Lucy Stevens (Energy Policy & Practice Adviser).

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