Development aid projects

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    • Medium scale aid project: ActionAid Kolkata
      • The sponsorship scheme is successful as donors like the idea of improving the life chances of a person, especially for a child.
      • Environment quality has improved as sustainability is an important aspect of ActionAid's work.
      • ActionAid is a UK charity working in local communities in the developing world to alleviate poverty.
      • ActionAid works in the poorest districts of Kolkata such as Dharavi, known as the world's worst slum. This area has incredibly high population densities and few services.
      • Some of ActionAid's work is done through sponsorship schemes. Donors are encouraged either to give monthly to general projects or to sponsor a child and his/her family or community.
      • ActionAid's donors feel they are doing something worldwide for real people. Low technology is used.Local people benefit, both individuals and communities, but costs remain low.
      • The charity's six target areas of relief are HIV/Aids, Hunger and food, Women's rights, The right for education for all, the right to security, the right to a good government
    • Small scale aid project : Community Youth Empowerment Uganda
      • Volunteers work with school pupils and farmers in hopes of bringing development to small communities.
      • One aim is to raise awareness of the Aids risk in order to prevent as many infections as possible,especially among young people, through non formal education in school such as drama and role play.
      • Student Partnership Worldwide (SPW) is a UK based organisation placing gap year students in development projects in countries like Uganda.
      • A further aim is to teach energy conservation methods such as how to construct a fuel efficient stove or how to start a tree nursery to provide a family with precious fuelwood. Volunteers also teach sustainable organic farming ideas
      • Another purpose of the scheme is to improve knowledge of environmental health concerns such as nutrition, sanitation and waste management
      • In Bwanyganga village, both the primary and secondary schools received SPW students as volunteer teachers,who provided a number of lessons over the course of six months. These focused on sexual health awareness and improving life skills. These projects were well received but suffered set backs due to issues with school fees affecting the pupil's attendance.
      • In Kebager village, the three natural springs were polluted. SPW students constructed a covered water tank to keep pollution out. People took their supplies from this by tap so that water never lay open to risk. Appropriate technology has improved living standards as well as enhancing the environment.


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