Act4Africa is an award-winning health and education charity with a vision to provide a brighter future for Africa’s poor. Our mission is to address inequality in Africa through gender justice, health education and sustainable earning potential. Using Theatre for Development, we aim to promote gender equality for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa, equipping them with life skills to be free from poverty and combat HIV.
Set up in 2000, Act4Africa has a small UK support team based in Manchester which works in partnership with Act4Africa NGO partners in Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi. We also organise trips to Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi, for those wishing to do their medical elective or teaching placement in Africa, as well as organising various sponsored events and fundraising activities.
Current projects include:
The Girl Effect: Adolescent girls in Uganda experience poverty through gender relations that leave them powerless and vulnerable. This forces them into lives of low-paid work, early marriage, unwanted pregnancy and sexual and domestic violence. This gender injustice denies these girls their human rights and prevents the nation from benefiting from the invaluable economic and social contribution that young women can bring. The Girl Effect, funded by donations to our Grow A Girl programme, releases the untapped potential of adolescent girls through the provision of comprehensive training, education and leadership opportunities. This enables girls to grow in stature, know their rights and exercise a positive leadership role in their own communities.
HEAL (Health, Empowerment and Livelihoods): This project is creating improved life-chances and livelihoods for out-of-school adolescent girls and young women in Uganda and Malawi. The project combines HIV prevention training, testing and counselling with savings and business enterprise coaching, helping these young women to secure access to higher earnings. Higher earnings means more independence, which in turn has been proven to have a direct positive impact on health outcomes. The project is backed up by the provision of HIV services men and women in their communities.
Kathy’s Centre: Act4Africa is currently building 'Kathy's Centre' in memory of it's co-founder Kathy Smedley, who died in August 2014.
The multi-functional women’s community centre is situated in the rural Mayuge district of Uganda, where gender inequality is entrenched (as it is in much of the country). This leads to both health problems and poverty which together create a degenerative cycle from which many women find it difficult to break free.
Kathy’s Centre will offer an Early Years Education facility, HIV testing and access to advice, counselling and health support for women. The centre will provide a place where girls, women and young mothers can meet safely, share their stories, support each other and work out solutions to their problems. The surrounding land will be developed as a goat farm to enable us to train the local community in best practice for animal husbandry and basic veterinary skills.
We currently have overseas opportunities for medical/teaching professionals/students and are also looking for agricultural/veterinary advice/volunteers. In the UK opportunities include administrative, marketing, fundraising.