During the last months of the year, All Saints’ Church will be supporting the charity Practical Action. This is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.
The charity finds out what people are doing and helps them to do it better. Through appropriate technology, Practical Action enables poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions: transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.
Technology has a vital role to play in building livelihoods – and technology can include physical infrastructure, machinery and equipment, but also knowledge, skills and the capacity to organise and use all of these.
Practical Action currently has over 100 projects worldwide. The focus is on areas where a big difference can be made. Energy access, food and agriculture, urban waste and water, disaster risk reduction, are all critical to poor people’s wellbeing, and are important examples of the world’s failure to achieve technology justice.
- uses simple but effective technologies such as compost pits, fish cages, zeer pots, floating gardens and donkey ploughs to improve access to fresh food
- works with communities to get clean water for drinking, washing, cooking and agriculture – helping to improve sanitation and health
- supports communities to develop renewable energy, using natural resources such as water, wind, sun and waste
- rather than providing emergency relief after the event, works with communities to help them to prepare for, cope with and adapt to future hazards
Please give generously to Practical Action which every year helps over 1 million people out of poverty. To learn more about the work of the charity visit www.practicalaction.org or join us at All Saints for the 10 o’clock service on Sunday October 9th, when we will be welcoming a speaker from Practical Action.