Support Oxfam and support the communities that need our help.
Who are Oxfam?
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 90 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and related injustices around the world. Oxfam was originally founded in Oxford, in 1942 and was one of several local committees formed in support of the National Famine Relief Committee. This first mission of theirs was to persuade the British government to allow food relief through the Allied blockade for the starving citizens of Axis occupation of Greece.
Oxfam Australia is an Australian, independent, not-for-profit, secular, community-based aid and development organisation, and an affiliate of Oxfam International.
Oxfam Australia can be traced back to the work of Father Gerard Kennedy Tucker in the 1950s. In
1995 their work took on the name “Oxfam Community Aid Abroad” to reflect their affiliation with Oxfam International, and in 2005 this was changed to Oxfam Australia.
What does Oxfam do?
Oxfam has been fighting poverty and injustice around the world for more than 50 years. Their work aims to bring about positive change in the lives of people living in poverty.
Oxfam see themselves as working in three main ways:
1. Contributing to long-term development
“Poor people can take control, solve their own problems, and rely on themselves – with the right support.”
Oxfam funds many long-term projects around the world, and they work in a range of areas, from water and sanitation to education and health, to bring about positive changes in people’s lives.
2. Campaigning for change
“Poverty isn’t just about lack of resources. In a wealthy world it’s about bad decisions made by powerful people.
Oxfam are a part of a global movement of people committed to a fairer world. This movement works by partnering with other Australians to campaign on the important issues, empowering communities in developing countries to realise their rights and reach their potential, and by engaging with organisations and other governments to bring about changes to unequal policies.
3. Responding to emergencies
“People need help in an emergency – fast. We save lives, swiftly delivering aid, support and protection; and we help people prepare for future crises. Right now, we’re responding to these emergencies around the world.”
How does Oxfam help?
Oxfam’s work focuses on four goals:
1. Economic justice
- Supporting people so they can make a decent living and lead dignified lives, free from poverty and hunger.
2. Essential services
- Bring about access clean water, healthcare, education and sanitation.
3. Rights in crisis
- Supporting people’s right to live safe from war, violence and natural disaster.
4. Gender justice
- Supporting equal rights for women and men, so they can live free from violence and discrimination.
How can we contribute?
There are an estimated 1.4 billion people living below the international poverty line of AUD $1.50 a day, down from 1.8 billion in 1990.
Oxfam needs our support to help developing communities around the world.
From our donations, 70% of the funds are put directly into Oxfam’s development, advocacy, and humanitarian programs, 15% are used to generate more funding through advertising, and the other 15% is used for administration.
My donations are like a small pebble being thrown into the huge ocean of problems we all face. But perhaps if enough people throw pebbles, together we can create the huge wave that is needed to solve these problems and make sure that the world is a fairer place for everyone.
– Harold Williams, Oxfam Australia supporter
We can help Oxfam today in a number of ways:
Just a $20 donation can provide families in Timor-Leste with vegetable seeds, increasing nutrition and market opportunities.
A $100 donation is enough to provide medicines to one village in Laos to treat common illnesses and prevent disease.
A $500 donation can provide a water harvesting system to supply clean water for 200 families in drought-stricken southern Africa.
If you prefer, you can even shop at one of Oxfam’s stores around Sydney or online. Oxfam Shop has a variety of items for every budget, including home décor, kitchenware, food and drink, accessories and more.
You can also make monthly donations to aid Oxfam’s program work in struggling communities.
Support Oxfam and you support the communities that most need our help