Oct 19, 2012

Oct A child's message of hope

19
2012

By Jim Clarken, Chief Executive

Letters from our supporters can bring a ray of sunshine to the often dreary Dublin and Belfast mornings. The generosity of the Irish public is inspiring.

The willingness of people to hand over money, clothes, books and other items in order to help people the other side of the world is an incredible testament to the sense of humanity that prevails in Ireland, even during our own economic problems. Recently, I arrived into the Oxfam offices to be greeted by this letter.

It was from three young boys, Dion, Louis and Oliver. The note left no contact details and no information about the boys themselves. But it left a message. A simple message. Dion, Louis and Oliver had made a gesture.

They had sold pictures and raised €65 for Oxfam. That €65 will be used to fund vital work. It will help to bring hope and a better future to people living on the other side of the world. Dion, Louis and Oliver will probably never meet those people.

But that doesn’t matter. Their generosity and goodwill will send a message. A message of hope. On behalf of the people we work with, thank you for your continued selfless support of others.

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MUNNI

from india

Munni Devi, a widow, had land but no way to farm it. Her region of Uttar Pradesh in northern India is amongst the driest parts of the region. Munni could grow one mustard crop each year but during the dry summer months she had to let her land lie idle and go and work for a local landlord. That all changed with the help of Oxfam and local organisation Parmarth. With your support, we developed a programme with Parmarth to help people in Uttar Pradesh improve water sources and set up community farming schemes to increase the number of crops they could grow.

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NOOLARAMI

from uganda

Noolarami Kilanga comes from a small farming village in Uganda. Like so many others, she was reliant on animals for food and income. In the summer of 2011, disaster struck. Drought blighted her land and Noolarami’s goat died, depriving her family of one of their main sources of money. However, thanks to your generosity new goats have been brought into the area and Noolarami now has nine. These goats have opened up new possibilities for the lives of her children, she says. “With these goats I am now somebody. I won’t miss food again. I'm sure that my small children will now have milk.

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CHARLES

from malawi

Farmers in Malawi rely on rainfall for their crops, but when the rains don’t come that can lead to widespread hunger. Charles Kenani knows all about the changing rainfall patterns. As a small farmer in the village of Mnembo, the effects of climate change were making it impossible for him to grow enough food to feed his family. That’s when you stepped in. With your support, we worked with the community to develop an irrigation scheme, which helps to provide water even in times of drought. The results have changed the fortunes of Charles and his family.

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