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Give the Gift of Oxfam

Oxfam is committed to social change through action. Actions that include lasting solutions to global poverty, equality, rights for indigenous peoples and Women, social injustice, and hunger. Their mission statement is as follows: Oxfam America is a Boston-based international development and relief agency and an affiliate of Oxfam International. Working with local partners, Oxfam delivers development programs and emergency relief services, and campaigns for change in global practices and policies that keep people in poverty.
Oxfam began as a response to the plight of refugees in Greece. A group of Quaker intellectuals, social activists, and Oxford academics formed the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief in 1942.In 1970 in response to the humanitarian crisis created by the fight for independence in Bangladesh formed Oxfam America.

Millions face famine in Africa, and Oxfam has launched a campaign to combat that by replenishing livestock.

Of the world's poorest, 70 percent are Women and Girls. We and our children are denied basic human rights. Our sisters are suffering. This is a major cause for the astonishing poverty rate.

What Oxfam is Doing
To address the gender discrimination that is so prevalent in our world, Oxfam helps women :

Campaign for legal reform in countries with laws that disadvantage women.
Acquire functional literacy skills so they can work.
Raise the income of some of the world’s poorest families through community finance programs targeted at women.
Strengthen their voice in their communities, so they can become leaders and spokespeople.
Build peace in areas struggling with conflict.
Understand their human rights, so they will not accept violence as their due.

In all of these endeavors, Oxfam not only equips women to contribute more to their communities, but also helps shape societies that welcome their contributions.

Oxfam is enacting real, tangible social change. The news is great because so can we!
Consider a holiday gift donation. Make Trade Fair, Join Oxfam's campaign to "change rules and double standards that keep farmers from getting a fair price." Learn about poverty and see with new eyes the ways in which apathy and indifference perpetuate the problem. Oxfam has gone beyond the provision of food to relieve famine to developing strategies against the causes of famine.

The problems we face as human beings are seemingly endless and overwhelming, but please do not be placated or otherwise numbed to the solutions available to us. You and I can do something about the suffering. The suffering is not just a thing "they" experience "over there." We are all human beings, we are all part of the tapestry of life.

Oxfam is an organization that I personally will join and give to this holiday season and beyond. Join me in doing this, and celebrate yourself for being one person not doubting the power of what you can do in your own life. Check out Oxfam Unwrapped for ideas on amazing gifts to give to your loved ones this year, gifts with incredible ethical and positive meaning behind them. Here are some of the Best sellers:
School Dinners for 100 children, Plant 50 trees, Goat , Safe water for 1000.

Donations are sorely needed this year. Please consider a monetary gift. Gifts given in the name of a loved one make wonderful gifts.

"Your donation will ensure that Oxfam America can continue to save lives, strengthen communities, and campaign for change on behalf of people living in poverty. Oxfam works with local communities to identify their most pressing needs and to develop lasting solutions. Our on-the-ground presence means we are already there when emergency strikes, as we have been time and again throughout this tumultuous year. "

Here are a few examples of the ways in which your gift may be used:

$30 buys books to help 10 girls in Afghanistan read and write
$50 grows substantially more crops in an impoverished region of Peru
$100 allows a struggling young woman in Mali to start her own weaving business
$250 trains two families in El Salvador to prepare for the next disaster
$500 allows five women in rural Cambodia to start their own fish farms
$1,000 brings potable water to 22 families in Ethiopia's Rift Valley
$5,000 rebuilds seven houses destroyed by earthquake in El Salvador
A stronger home. A more secure livelihood. The skills and resources to transcend poverty. When you give the gift of Oxfam, you will enhance our ability to respond to global challenges and to provide essential services to the communities and families in greatest need.

Go here to Give
the Gift of Oxfam


~ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. ~
Margaret Mead

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