Long-term development

  • We work with communities to tackle the causes of poverty through a combination of hands-on expertise, financial investment and education. In addition, we give people a voice to speak out against the laws, actions and policies that keep them in poverty.

Two Little Pigs make a big difference

Roald Dahl once wrote:

The animal I really dig,
Above all others is the pig.
Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
Pigs are courteous.” 

Tell your loved ones how much you “dig” them by sending them hogs and kisses with our clever Two Little Pigs card (€40/£35). Part of Oxfam’s Unwrapped collection, this gift will support communities who depend on healthy animals for their livelihood. 

It will support people like Agnes, from northern Rwanda, an area where many still suffer the after-effects of conflict and live in poverty. Life hasn’t been easy – but Agnes is doing well, having learned how to rear pigs and make a decent living.

Agnes, who is now president of an Oxfam pig cooperative, said:  “The impact that the pigs will have on my life [is] that I will achieve food security, earn money as well as improving my life.”

This gift can help someone living in poverty to earn a better living. Farmers can use the manure to fertilise crops, and piglets can be sold to pay for essentials like food and education.

Money raised from this gift supports our Livelihoods projects. Oxfam Unwrapped helps people to build happier, brighter futures.  

Unwrapped Gifts: The Road to an Education

Every child dreams of waking up on Christmas morning and finding a bicycle under the tree. Because nothing comes close to the magic of that first bike – and the feeling of independence it brings. As part of the Oxfam Unwrapped charity gift range, this year we have launched a new, wheely great gift – The Road to an Education (€65/£55) – which is helping children to get to school.

Left: Esnat* with her Oxfam bike. Photo: Corinna Kern. Right: Zainab* was always late for school. Photo: Corinna Kern

For some children, a bike can even be life-changing. Young girls like Esnat*, who used to walk 25km to get to school. She used to doze off in the classroom and fall asleep as soon as she got home.

“When I got home, I didn’t study as I was too tired,” she said. “My body and legs would ache; sometimes I would skip lessons.”

As part of the Oxfam Unwrapped charity gift range, this year we have launched a new, wheely great gift – The Road to an Education (€65/£55) – which is helping children to get to school.  With this gift, you can help to educate a girl like Esnat* who almost gave up on school before she received her Oxfam bike. Giving feels great - it's true. But we also know how good it feels to receive something truly life-changing - like a gift that lifts people out of poverty. That's what makes Unwrapped so special.

Because Esnat* isn’t the only girl to face challenges getting to school. For vulnerable communities, there can be many bumps in the road to an education.  The daily struggle of travelling long distances and threats to safety along the way mean many children, especially girls, are forced to drop out.

Put them on The Road to an Education with our gift – and it will help change their lives. 

*Name has been changed

Money raised from this gift supports our Investing in Futures projects. Oxfam Unwrapped helps people build happier, brighter futures.

Give something different this Christmas with Oxfam

Oxfam’s Fair Trade and ethically-sourced gifts change lives for good

Give something different this Christmas with Oxfam Ireland – give a gift that changes lives for good.

From quirky stocking fillers and ethically sourced crafts, to fab Fair Trade food, unique decorations and the Unwrapped alternative gift card range – Oxfam’s life-saving and life-changing gifts are the something special you’ve been looking for.

These gifts are guaranteed to help beat poverty for good by raising vital funds for Oxfam’s work across the world – from development projects that change lives in Rwanda, Tanzania and beyond to saving lives in places like Yemen where millions of people face hunger and disease.  

Send your loved ones lots of hogs and kisses this year with the Unwrapped gift card range. Available online and in Oxfam shops across the island of Ireland, these beautiful printed or electronic cards start at just €10/£7 and support a wide range of life-changing projects.

New additions for 2018 are Two Little Pigs (€40/£35), A Cow (€50/£46), or The Road to an Education (€65/£55). Every gift in the Unwrapped range helps to create a brighter, happier future for people living in severe poverty – from supporting people who depend on animals for their livelihoods and helping people get the education and training they need to thrive to ensuring people caught up in emergencies have essentials like clean water. To see Oxfam’s full range of Unwrapped gifts, visit oxfamireland.org/unwrapped.

Meanwhile, in Oxfam shops nationwide, a host of Fair Trade and ethically-sourced gifts cater for all your Christmas essentials. There are brand new stocking fillers from €1.50/£1.20 like chocolate coins, mulled wine and spiced cider, retro games and novelty socks plus cards and gift-wrap paper.  

All of the quality food treats in-store are Fair Trade, so whether you choose from the new offerings of the Double Chocolate and Raspberry Shortbread (€5/£3.99), Beer Bread (choose from Chilli & Garlic or Olive & Rosemary, both €6/£4.99) or the Trio Sauce Set (Peri Peri chili sauce, Baobab spicy relish and Safari BBQ – €15/£12.99), these thoughtful present ideas will be sure to delight your foodie friends.

Staying with food, Sally Butcher’s book Veggiestan (€20/£15.99) is a vegetable lover’s tour of the Middle East, while other reads include Cath Tate’s hilarious Christmas: The Season To Be Jolly (€7/£5.99), which pairs vintage photos with witty captions.

Among the quirky new additions to Oxfam’s gift range for the home are the Recycled Tyre Picture Frame (€10/£7.99), colourful ceramic tile hooks (€4/£2.99), and a ‘nosey’ spectacles holder (€10/£7.99).

New gifts for her include a Hand-made Embroidered Purse (€6/£4.99), a Hand-made Embroidered Pouch (€9/£6.99), 2019 Family Organisers (€10/£7.99) by either Ailsa Black or Clare Wilson, or how about some Belgian Pralines (€10/£8.49)?

New gifts for him include a fascinating spotters guide book on the world’s top Film and TV Locations (€7/£5.99); and if that involves some travels then he will also appreciate the gift of a Hand-made Paisley Washbag (€9/£6.99).

Younger children will love reading Hoot (€7/£5.99), a ‘hole-some book of counting’, while there are new additions to the Matchbox Trivia Games and Puzzles for kids of all ages (€5/£3.99).

Whatever you buy from Oxfam’s Christmas range, you’ll be supporting their work worldwide, helping to change lives for good through their long-term development work, emergency response and campaigning to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice.

Give something different today: simply call into one of Oxfam’s shops across the island, phone 1850 30 40 55 (Republic of Ireland) or 0800 0 30 40 55 (Northern Ireland) or visit www.oxfamireland.org/unwrapped.

 

For more information or to request further images/the full list of gifts on offer, please contact:

ROI:     Alice Dawson-Lyons on 083 198 1869 / alice.dawsonlyons@oxfam.org

NI:        Phillip Graham on 07841 102535 / phillip.graham@oxfam.org

Calinie and Theophile

Like many Burundians living in rural communities in this small landlocked country, life for Calinie and Theophile and their four children until recently was a struggle.
 
 
With home a small, poorly-built house with a roof that leaked during the rainy season, sporadic income from crops (beans, peanuts, cassava and maize) meant the family struggled to make ends meet, put enough food on the table and pay regular medical bills. These periods of food insecurity also left their mark on the children, now aged six to 22 years.
 
“We often didn’t have enough food for three meals a day, the kids would sometimes go to school on an empty stomach,” said Theophile.

 

But their lives changed two years ago thanks to the Oxfam’s ‘Support to Agricultural Productivity in Burundi’ (PAPAB) project.  A key feature of this four-year project, across six provinces and part of Oxfam’s broader Sustainable Food programme, is the innovative Integrated Farm Planning approach (‘Plan Intégré du Paysan’ or PIP) that turns small-scale subsistence farming households into more integrated, productive and sustainable farms. The power of PIP is its ability to change farmers’ mind-sets by motivating them to transform realities through collective action that results in integrated farm planning and resilient farming systems.

“Our yield has increased (50 to 250 kilograms of beans). We sell our surplus. There is now money for school fees, clothes for our children, medicine, we can buy livestock and even hire people to work the land,” said Theophile.

 

For Calinie and Theophile and 30 other families from their village, like all PIP participants this farmer-to-farmer approach starts with each family producing two drawings that visualize their current farming situation and the family’s desired future. Sandwiched between the drawings is a participatory analysis of potential household interventions and an inventory of skills and assets.

“They told us to go home, draw what we see and then draw how we want our future to look. They taught us as husband and wife, to ensure we understand the project and our objectives,” said Calinie.
 
With a vision of the future committed to paper, Oxfam supports each family to bring it to life.
 
 
A series of trainings follows on integrated agricultural techniques (crop production, land management, livestock rearing and income-generation activities) so each family has the knowledge and tools to cultivate a better future. Project team and agronomist house visits ensure technical aspects of interventions are addressed.

Two years after Oxfam’s PIP approach planted the seed and changed the mind-sets of Calinie and Theophile, they are determined that resilient and sustainable farming systems will continue to blossom in Kanyosha and other rural communes in Burundi. 

“Before we were dependent on outside help, now we can produce enough for ourselves. Today, I don’t need an agronomist and next year we will grow more crops,” said Theophile.
 
 
This PIP-inspired community empowerment has also translated into collective action with Theophile leading the way in encouraging families to support a village tomato crop with 2,300 plants.
 
“Our idea and vision for the future is to form a cooperative. This is a dream we have,” said Calinie.
 

Take action now to help end tax dodging

 
Ask the Irish government to support real corporate tax transparency.
 
In order to beat poverty for good we need to change the rules that allow corporations to dodge paying their fair share of tax. 
 
Currently, the global tax system drives inequality by allowing some companies to legally avoid paying tax.  Meanwhile, it is the poor – who are landed with higher tax bills and inadequate public services – that pay the price. 
 
Over the past two years, with the support of people across the island of Ireland, we’ve been campaigning to increase tax transparency by introducing public Country by Country Reporting, or pCBCR in the EU. If pCBCR was implemented, corporations would have to publish where they make profits and pay taxes - and this would make it much easier to lift the lid on tax dodging in the EU. 
 
Right now, we need to remind our government to support pCBCR and real corporate tax transparency.
 
Will you help us?
 
Together, we want to make as much noise as possible – please join us by tweeting the Minister for Finance @Paschald and the Minister of State @PatBreen1 to let them know we are serious about fighting the inequality caused by tax dodging and beating poverty for good. 
 
 
Thank you so much for your support – you can read more about how to get involved in our fight against poverty and inequality here: https://www.oxfamireland.org/getinvolved

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