Action on Poverty
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Dear ,

Welcome to our first eNews of 2021! I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for continuing to take action on poverty during what was an incredibly difficult year. I’ve been heartened to observe how Australians continue to support the most vulnerable in our global community with such warmth and generosity.

I'd also like to thank everyone who donated at Christmas time to support girls at risk of dropping out of school in Tanzania. I’m pleased to report that we are covering four girls’ term fees, with classes already underway, and assisting a further 50 students with school supplies and lunches to reduce the financial burden on their families. I look forward to keeping you updated on their progress.

This year, our focus will be on growing our network of partners here in Australia and overseas. By connecting people, ideas and resources across borders, we can go even further in reducing poverty and creating stronger communities.
Yours sincerely, 

Brayden Howie

CEO Action on Poverty
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All Smiles for Students in Vietnam

Thanks to your generous gifts, we've finished upgrading this disadvantaged school in Da Bac, Vietnam, giving students a safe and stimulating learning environment. The school has new flooring, chairs, fans, chalk boards, and more. The kitchen has also been equipped with a new freezer to help prepare nutritious meals so children can eat at school instead of walking long distances on their own to eat lunch at home.
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Adelia wears a mask and holds up two ducks
A Quacking Idea in Mozambique

Adélia is one of 50 women who have started raising ducks as part of a new activity supporting female-led households in Mozambique. When local associations conducted a survey to identify women's priorities, all members expressed interest in ducks because of their nutritional and market value.

After training in poultry farming and husbandry,
Adélia is anticipating her first brood of ducklings, which she plans to share with other members to share the benefits of duck-raising.

“I was very happy to receive ducks. The project is now helping us to have meat on the table,” said Adélia. “I will do everything to ensure the ducks have good reproduction as a way of guaranteeing that I can pass them on to other members of the association so they can have ducks, too.” 

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Water Changes Lives in Fiji

For decades, Laite from Bua Province has collected and carefully managed water for drinking, cooking, and washing. Until recently, her island had no reliable source of water and she had to draw from unprotected streams and pools. Over the last three years, we worked with Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF) to install new water and hygiene facilities on three islands and to educate communities on water security and hygiene. 

“We are relieved, especially us women, that we finally have access to safe and secure water," said Laite. "I am now 70 years old and for the first time I see secure and constant water supply for every household.”

Visit our Facebook page to watch PCDF's video showcasing this project, featuring interviews with Laite and other locals.
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