Grassroots Action (formerly Powerful Information)

Building better futures

Registered Charity Number: 1091516
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

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    Sierra Leonean women learn to write their names, read simple words & count for the first time.

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    Subsistence farmers in Asato, Ghana learning how to use pesticides safely and grow better crops.

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    We designed a novel training course for blind professionals in Sierra Leone. It uses a braillekey.



Grassroots Action (formerly Powerful Information) works in low-income countries to inform, empower and enable marginalised communities to tackle poverty and promote better health / more sustainable livelihoods.  We work with and through local partners to change lives and help indigenous organisations become more effective.  Our current/recent projects include:

  • Basic education and functional literacy for women farmers and petty traders (3,000+ have benefitted to date) – Sierra Leone*
  • Sending two Braille Embossers to the Zimbabwe National League of the Blind
  • Support to enable blind children to be educated in mainstream schools – Sierra Leone
  • Reduction of pesticide-poisoning amongst subsistence farmers and the contamination of food and water resources – eastern Ghana
  • Coaching UK graduates for a career in international development

Grassroots Action was awarded charitable status in 1992, and incorporated as a limited company in 2002.  In January 2018 we changed our name to better reflect the work that we do. We have low overheads, pay modest salaries and don’t employ professional fundraisers or publicists.

We rely on project grants from trusts and foundations for our humanitarian work, and on donations from the public.  Please consider making a regular donation to support our work empowering disadvantaged communities to help themselves.

* Sierra Leone was in the grip of a serious Ebola outbreak that killed many thousands of people and has devastated communities. Although the outbreak appeared to be over in November 2015 there was a new outbreak in the spring of 2016. Ebola has now been overcome but the country is still suffering and morale is low. We are working to support our partners to enable them to recover from this setback. See our latest news about the project and the Big GIve Christmas Challenge 2018.

Contact Us

Grassroots Action (formerly Powerful Information) City Discovery Centre
Bradwell Abbey

Milton Keynes
MK13 9AP

Phone: 01908 320033
Fax: 01908 320033

Grassroots Action (formerly Powerful Information) News

Funds raised by The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Date posted: 29 Jan 2019

Target of £6,000 exceeded in Christmas Challenge 18.… Read More»

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018

Date posted: 26 Nov 2018

One donation, twice the impact. Coming on #Giving Tuesday at noon for 7 days only. See… Read More»

Changing Traditional Burial Practices in Sierra Leone

Date posted: 06 Jan 2015

Working with local partner to develop an effective public information programme in Koinadugu… Read More»

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

July 2017 July 2016
Total Income £48,883 £68,065
Total Expenditure £40,045 £52,127

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