On this week’s episode I take a visit to my local Oxfam shop to see how they are making a difference and how you can to.
Oxfam is a global movement of people working towards a world without poverty. They’ve been hard at work for 70 years and work in more than 90 countries. But they are still always willing to learn and keep looking for new ways to make an even bigger difference. Their history speaks for itself.
They respond fast in emergencies, and stay to help people rebuild their lives. They work on long-term projects with communities determined to shape a better future for themselves. And campaign for genuine, lasting change.
It all starts with one simple fact: all human lives are of equal value and full of potential. Experience shows with the right support and training, people can work their own way out of poverty.
Collaboration is at the heart of everything they do. Oxfam partners with organisations who have unique local expertise, connections and experience. Doing so not only saves time and money, but also helps foster trust and respect in the communities they support. And through working together, infrastructures are established that will keep doing good work when the communities they work with are ready to go it alone.
They are a world expert in providing water and sanitation, and emergency response. In 2010/11 alone, generous public donations helped reach 6.5 million people affected by conflict and disasters. They know a thing or two about long-term development and tackling the causes of poverty too!