On encountering the mission for ACT6 - to "help empower one girl or woman with better access to education or economic opportunity", I was overjoyed. I would like to take this opportunity to share a project that myself and my mother have been involved with for several years now.
In my city there is a residential home* for women who have been victims of domestic abuse. The residents of the home are women who have fled violent relationships and left everything behind. Most arrive with very few possessions and many bring children with them of varying ages.
A all-year-round project, Wearside Women in Need
, collects donations for the Women's Refuge. They also help women and their families move into safe new homes and make a fresh start.. The charity also campaigns for more help and support from the government and the local council for victims of domestic abuse. While WWIN takes monetary donations, it also accepts donations of food, clothing, furniture, toys and so on for the women and their families, who so often have next to nothing and would struggle without help.
More than that, donations of new goods and presents can help to bring joy back into lives of mothers who can't afford to buy their children birthday and Christmas presents. WWIN runs a Christmas Toys Appeal
every year, asking the public to donate presents for the displaced children, and for their mothers and/or fathers.
Every year we get involved with another charity fundraising event, Operation Christmas Child
, which has restrictions on donated items (e.g. really big soft toys, liquids etc). Due to shipping regulations we sometimes can't send certain items, so instead we donate these to WWIN instead. My mother also bakes a Christmas cake!
Getting involved with a local charity like this is a lot of fun, very rewarding and an ongoing opportunity to give in a very efficient, personal way. I'd heartily reccommend other agents to look around in your local area for this kind of project!* I can't share the name or location of the residential home because I don't know it myself. It isn't advertised purely to protect the residents living there.