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Dec 19, 2012

Dec Stunning necklace just one of many gems at your local Oxfam shop

19
2012

Every one of our Oxfam Ireland shops is a treasure trove of vintage, pre-loved and sometimes brand new items and our branch on Dublin’s South King Street has a very special piece of jewellery on sale now.

The stunning 18k yellow and white gold necklace with heart pendant by Chimento was donated to the shop by a very generous Oxfam supporter.

Valued at €2,500, (and on sale for a much better price) the funds this item will raise will make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by poverty. Call Barbara or Jackie on (01) 671 0308 now before it's snapped up!

If you’ve fallen for this beautiful piece, or know someone who would love it this Christmas, the necklace is available to view by appointment only at our South King Street shop. Call today on (01) 671 0308 to view the piece.

Our shops really need the things you don’t. If you’d like to Make Space for Oxfam, drop into your local Oxfam shop (we’d love to see you!) or go to your local Oxfam donation bank.

Each bag of items you donate raises an average of €30. This could help do the following:

  • Feed a child orphaned by AIDS in Malawi for three and a half months
  • Provide tools for a community to maintain their wells and secure a permanent supply of clean, safe drinking water, or,
  • Supply food for a family caught up in an emergency food crisis for two weeks

We welcome donations of clothing, accessories, homewares and other items all year round.

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Dec 13, 2012

Dec Will you grant three wishes this Christmas?

13
2012

Christmas is the time of giving but when times are tough it can be hard to see past the problems at home.

Yet people across the island of Ireland are renowned for their generosity. Despite difficult economic circumstances, our supporters in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland appreciate the struggle to survive faced by millions overseas.

In fact, Ireland ranked second place in last year’s World Giving Index – up from third spot in 2010.

 

Whatever your wishes this Christmas and your hopes for the New Year, there are many around the world who have much less to look forward to in 2013. People whose wishes – and needs – will be much more basic. 
 
Mothers, for instance, caught up in a food crisis who wish they could ensure their children don’t go hungry. Or for clean water not contaminated with deadly diseases from the nearby stagnant pool. Or for a future that offers hope – a chance to provide for their family and educate their children.
 
 
TOP-LEFT: “Oxfam has really helped us. I never imagined that I’d be able to do all this.”
Rubenia Santos (pictured to the left), a female farmer in Honduras who has been taught how to grow crops on a cyclical basis so she always has enough to eat and sell at the local market. Gary Henry/Oxfam
 
TOP-RIGHT:
People gather at a water point in South Sudan. Hygiene promoter Olivia Awaya says: “We suffered a lot when we used to walk to get water. It was far and the water brought lots of disease. Now we can get clean water, fewer people are getting sick.” Caroline Gluck/Oxfam
 
BOTTOM:
Bayush Kassan (left) and Belaynesh Hussen are part of an Oxfam-supported cooperative of 31 women in Ethiopia who collectively own land on which they farm vegetables. They’ve turned their seed crops into seed oil thanks to a new seed-crushing machine. Bayush explains: “We used to harvest, carry and sell 5kgs of seeds for around 6birr (29c/23p). Now we could get twice as much.” Tom Pietrasik/Oxfam
 
This Christmas, we’d like to ask for your help in granting the three things most of us are able to take for granted this Christmas. 
 

Food

More than 18 million people in West Africa are facing desperate food shortages this Christmas.

Water

On the 25th December, 4,000 children will die of diarrhoea caused by dirty water.

A future

Today, 72 million children in the developing world are going without a basic education.

 

Together, we can provide clean water for children to drink, help hungry families grow the food they’re desperate for and offer hardworking people the change of a future free from the stranglehold of poverty.
 
If you’d like to help grant the three wishes of food, water and a future this Christmas, you can donate now, buy an Oxfam Unwrapped gift  or bring the clothes and other items you no longer need to your local Oxfam shop.
 
Dec 5, 2012

Dec Oxfam Unwrapped – gifts that you’ll just love to give this Christmas

5
2012

The tree is up, the letters to Santa sent and the mince pies are in the oven, now it’s just those presents to sort out…

 

This Saturday marks the traditional Christmas shopping day of December 8th and whether you like to join the crowds in town, shop online or by telephone, it’s never been easier to pick up an Oxfam Unwrapped gift this festive season –simply call into one of our 51 shops across the island, visit our online store www.oxfamireland.org or phone 1850 30 40 55 (Republic of Ireland) or 0800 0 30 40 55 (Northern Ireland).

It only takes a moment to buy an Oxfam Unwrapped gift, but it can change a life forever.

We’ve asked some of our furry friends to explain why they should be picked as Oxfam Unwrapped gifts this Christmas (warning: this video may contain cute animals).

All our Oxfam Unwrapped animals are locally sourced in the countries where they’re needed to ensure they don’t travel long distances to get to those who receive them. They are also vaccinated and given to families who get training on how to best care for them. In fact, we source every gift locally wherever possible to help boost the economy in communities affected by poverty.

 
Along with our incredible animals including A Clutch of Chicks (€13/£10)A Donkey (€47/£38) or a Piglet (€35/£28), we have lots of other gifts to suit everyone this Christmas, from DIY fanatics (they can Fix a Well €28/£23 or set up a Solar Panel €32/£26) to teachers (School Books €18/£15 and Educate a Girl €30/£24) and foodies (Feed a Family €29/£23 and Breakfast for a Child €10/£8).
 
Whether you’re looking for a Kris Kindle present for under €10/£10 (Mosquito Net €5/£4 and Drought-resistant Seeds €7/£6) or are raising money together with your school, group, company or club to buy a large-scale gift like Water for a Community (€1,000/£809), the result is the same – lives transformed for the better.
 
You can also help the youngest member of the family when emergency strikes with the Baby Kit (€10/£8), provide Breakfast for a Child (€10/£8) for orphans in South Africa, or support the training of nurses and midwives in Ghana with the Care for Mums (€20/£16) gift to ensure thousands of mums and mums-to-be get the help, expertise and support they deserve.
 
Some of the brand new presents this Christmas include the Girl Power (€14/£11) gift funding projects empowering women to stand up for their rights and tackle domestic violence (also part our Ending Poverty Starts with Women campaign), Literacy Classes (€49/£40) that unlock life-changing opportunities by training adult literacy teachers and A Small Loan (€70/£57) that help start-up businesses get the investment they need to create new job opportunities.
 
 
TOP: Volunteers and customers gather in our Navan shop to celebrate the launch of the Oxfam Unwrapped Christmas gift range https://www.oxfamireland.org/unwrapped. Photo: Ciarán Maguire. ABOVE LEFT: Amber Henderson (8) from Bangor showcases our Donkey https://www.oxfamireland.org/unwrapped/donkey and Clutch of Chicks gifts https://www.oxfamireland.org/unwrapped/chicks at Belfast City Hall. Photo: PressEye Photography. ABOVE RIGHT: Dublin mum Rosemary Lafferty with her children Declan (10) and Ailbhe (12), all Oxfam Unwrapped supporters. Rosemary says: “When a friend or relative opens an Unwrapped gift, you’re guaranteed a smile and often a big hug too.”
 
When you purchase an Oxfam Unwrapped gift, your donation will fund projects that your gift represents in countries like Malawi, Zimbabwe, the Democratic of Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa, helping communities to build a brighter future. Find out more about Oxfam Unwrapped here.
 
And you’ll also receive a beautiful 2013 Oxfam Ireland calendar with every purchase to remind you every day of how you’re making a difference. 
 
Our 51 shops across the island of Ireland are busy hosting events to spread some festive cheer and showcase our Oxfam Unwrapped gift range, which is available in every store. Drop in, we’d love to see you!
 
For gift card delivery before Christmas, order by Monday December 17th if buying gifts using the form attached to the Oxfam Unwrapped catalogue or by Wednesday December 19th if you’re buying online www.oxfamireland.org/unwrapped or by phone (RoI: 1850 30 40 55 / NI: 0800 0 30 40 55).
 
And if you find yourself stuck at the last minute on Christmas Eve or receive an unexpected present during the festive season, you can buy an Oxfam Unwrapped ecard in a super fast time at our easy-to-use online store www.oxfamireland.org/unwrapped.
 
Since we launched Oxfam Unwrapped nine years ago, people north and south have truly embraced the spirit of Christmas by giving more than 140,000 life-changing gifts and raising over €4 million/£3 million. This has helped to improve the lives of more than 500,000 people affected by poverty and injustice around the world.
 
Change a life this Christmas. Thank you.

 

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Nov 26, 2012

Nov Laugh out loud for Oxfam!

26
2012

LOL for Oxfam! We've organised two comedy gigs in Dublin in December where you can tickle your funny bone while raising vital funds for our work with communities affected by poverty around the world.

Cast members from RTÉ's hit satire The Savage Eye make up the stellar line-up, so come, laugh and help transform lives with the likes of Patrick McDonnell, James Goldsbury and Foil Arms and Hog.

Saturday December 1 at 8.30pm 

Leeson Lounge, 148 Leeson Street Upper, Dublin 4.

Featuring:

  • Foil Arms and Hog
  • James Goldsbury
  • Patrick McDonnell
  • Dermot McMorrow 

Join the Facebook event page here

Thursday December 20 at 8.30pm 

Murray’s, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Featuring:

  • John Colleary
  • James Goldsbury 
  • Patrick McDonnell
  • Willie White

Tickets for each gig cost just €10 and are available in advance from the Oxfam Ireland office by calling (01) 635 0406 or on the door at the venues. Funds raised will be donated to Oxfam Ireland to help people affected by poverty build a brighter future. 

The line-up…

John Colleary 

John is one of the stars of The Savage Eye and is currently involved in the fourth series. He has recently won the PPI Radio award for best satirical comedy.

James Goldsbury

James is a regular on the Irish and English comedy circuits having performed at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Kinsale Comedy Festival, Carlsberg Comedy Festival and The Electric Picnic comedy tent. He has also written and starred in Headweckers (part of Channel 4's comedy lab season) as well as The Savage Eye. 

 

Foil Arms and Hog 

This comedy trio presents wickedly twisted characters, unpredictable scenes and high energy performances. They’ve appeared on TV in The Savage Eye and at live festivals including Kilkenny Cat Laughs, The Electric Picnic comedy tent and The Vodafone Comedy Festival.

Dermot McMorrow

Dermot has written for and performed in all four series of The Savage Eye. He is the founder of the ‘Save the Snail Society’ and is currently writing 'Mannequins for Dummies’. 

Patrick McDonnell

Patrick has been standing up and making people laugh since 1996. He co-wrote and performed two series of the O Show for BBC Radio 4 and appeared in a number of short films – Solomon I, Swag, Stephanie Knows Who and Mebollix –and the feature film Separation Anxiety. His television appearances as a stand-up include The Empire Laughs Back for BBC N.I. and RTÉ’s The Lounge.

He played Eoin McLove in Father Ted and over the last decade TV appearances include Stew, Don’t Feed the Gondolas, Val Falvey TD, The Savage Eye and the IFTA award-winner Naked Camera. He has most recently appeared in Moone Boy on Sky One.

Willie White 

Des Bishop gave Willie his big break on his Joy in the Hood TV series. He’s also starred in The Savage Eye and established himself as a regular at comedy clubs and festivals nationwide.

To get your ticket for these brilliant comedy events, call (01) 635 0406 or buy them on door at the venues

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Nov 23, 2012

Nov Violent clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo

23
2012

140,000 people have fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo since mid-November, with over half a million displaced since April.

This week, armed groups captured the strategically important city of Goma, pushing a conflict that has killed 5.4 million people since 2008, into a new and dangerous stage.

Above (top): Oliva Noalla, 6, with her younger  sister on her back, Mugunga camp. Above (left): People have built shelters out of leaves and materials they have managed to find nearby. Above (right): Forced child recruitment is on the increase across the east of the country. Above: Oxfam supplying water in Kanyaruchina.

Violent clashes between armed groups and government forces has already led to a widespread collapse of state control in large areas of the east, where the humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly.

Power and water is gone in the main city of Goma, which means people are taking water from the lake instead of the municipal system. There are large fears of a cholera outbreak.

Meanwhile, forced child recruitment is on the increase across the east.  Annie, 22, questions if her children will be next.

“Although they are young, I know that child recruitment is happening and I would not put it past the rebel groups to take my tiny children. I know what they are capable of” she says.

She fled her own home in August with her husband and two children and came to Goma to escape the violence in her own area.

“We have lived in a state of fear for months” she says.

She says she lives each day tormented by thoughts of what might happen to her family.

“My children know something is wrong. They react badly to things which they did not do when we were at home. Is it a surprise? They sleep without a roof over their head and eat one meal a day.”

Oxfam, which has been in the region for many years providing clean water and sanitation to tens of thousands of people, is on the ground assessing the needs of people

However the job is made difficult not just by the current security situation.

In 2002 Mount Mount Nyiragongo erupted and covered the city of Goma and its suburbs with volcanic rock. The hard terrain makes it extremely difficult to dig for water and to dig latrines. This means Oxfam has to truck water to meet the urgent needs of thousands of people.

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