Progressio has just published its 2011/12 annual review ‘Empowered people’, highlighting the impact of our work in 11 countries – supporting 1,275 local organisations and working directly with 21,797 people in poor communities to help transform the lives of 706,748 people.

And that’s just the statistics. In the review, you can read the stories behind the statistics, and hear the voices of people like farmer Leonard Moyo in Zimbabwe, who told us: “My granary is full now. My land has improved. We can afford to send our three children to school. We have enough food at home.”

Or Amal Osman in Somaliland, who said about a new law enabling young people to participate in politics: “Knowing that this law is now in place means a lot for young people, because they are the ones that know about their own problems.”

Or Salomon Obed in the Dominican Republic, who said about our ‘new masculinities’ work: “Before, we talked about men as the dominant ones, now we speak of equality, understanding and mutual support.”

Leonard, Amal and Salomon are among the ‘empowered people’ described in the annual review, which highlights the achievements in 2011/12 of a total of 112 Progressio development workers, 2,721 Progressio supporters who took part in our campaigns, and 130 young volunteers who participated in our International Citizen Service programme.

Why not take a moment to read the Progressio annual review for 2011/12, and find out more?

You can also download our draft Trustees' Report and Financial Statements for 2011/12 (1.4MB PDF)

Photo: Clara Pindurai (left, holding orphan Valine Ganyaupfu), with help and advice from Progressio's Phil Handinahama (third from right), set up a community centre for orphans and vulnerable children in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. Pictured with them (left to right) are Yvette Matsika (brown dress), Enforce Dangarembizi (green stripes), Virginia Jarasu (white dress), Esla Batira (purple top), Blessing Chari (blue with yellow sleeves), Gainmore Chimurimbe (white polo shirt), and Enet Chafanza (blue dress). Photo: Macpherson Photography/Progressio.