Companies, like people, are defined by what they do, not what they say. That’s why, at Elite Group, we strive to put our money where our mouth is – and to support worthy causes wherever we can. One of the worthiest organisations of support, we believe, is ActionAid.
ActionAid works with women and girls living in poverty. Their dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. They are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.
Currently, we are supporting ActionAid’s Changemakers II program. As with the hugely successful original Changemakers program, Changemakers II is focused on advancing access to quality education and transforming the lives of women and girls living in poverty in Ethiopia – specifically, the Semen Bench region.
Over the last twenty years, Ethiopia has made great progress in expanding access to primary education. However, the country still ranks as one of the lowest in sub‐Saharan Africa in terms of overall education delivery.
This is due to several factors. Dilapidated facilities and a lack of learning resources act as a barrier to entry to many Ethiopian children. In particular, a lack of separate toilet facilities for girls can make attending school difficult.
At the same time, gender‐based violence and harmful traditional practices such as child marriage further prevent girls from accessing education. Additionally, since families often prioritise educating male children, many girls are assigned burdensome caring duties which make receiving an education impossible.
All of this can make for bleak reading. However, Changemakers II is making great strides towards addressing these issues.
Since it’s inception, the program has:
However, ActionAid understands that much more must be done if we want to see real change for Ethiopia’s most vulnerable citizens. And the Changemakers II program has big things planned. The Changemakers II program has identified four primary objectives which it believes are necessary if we are to see a tangible increase in the quality of life for Semen Bench residents.
In order to do this, the Changemakers II program implements vigorous monitoring and evaluation practices. These allow program organisers to adapt, refine and learn from their previous work, as well as to hold themselves accountable so that they can deliver their objectives.
Nevertheless, even with all of this in place, Changemakers II faces some very real challenges. For example, due to the remote location of Semen Bench – which lacks internet and banking infrastructure – communication can be difficult. And, of course, the project also requires a steady stream of funds.
As a company, we’d love to see Changemakers II achieve all its objectives. That’s why we’re going to continue to support Changemakers II as well as other ActionAid initiatives. However, your generosity can make a big difference too.
Whether its fundraising, donating, buying ActionAid products or supporting campaigns, there are many ways to support ActionAid. Find out more about how you can improve the lives of women and girls living in poverty.