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Ebola cases in DRC reach 500

 

OXFAM: Ebola cases in DRC reach 500, as country faces threat of more violence ahead of elections

In response to the number of Ebola cases in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaching 500, Chals Wontewe, Oxfam’s Country Director in the DRC, said:

“DRC is battling to keep Ebola under control; cases are increasing at a quicker rate and the virus has spread further.

“Although the outbreak is still far from the scale of the West Africa epidemic, we’re operating in an extremely complex environment and facing the very real threat of more violence and instability in the run up to the elections.

“The response could be forced to slow down, or even be suspended - every time this has happened before the virus spread further.

“The election must be allowed to take place peacefully and all candidates and their supporters must put the well-being of the Congolese people first, if we’re to have any hope of putting an end to the Ebola outbreak and the horrendous suffering people have faced for decades.”

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For more information , please contact:
 
ROI:     Alice Dawson-Lyons on 083 198 1869 /alice.dawsonlyons@oxfam.org
 
NI:        Phillip Graham on 07841 102535 / phillip.graham@oxfam.org

 

Life-changing Unwrapped Gifts

This festive season why not choose a gift for your business customers, staff or other stakeholders that will last long after Christmas and change lives for good.  Investing in our Unwrapped range of gifts will literally guarantee positive returns for some of the world’s poorest for generations to come.

What is Oxfam Unwrapped?

Each Unwrapped gift is representative of our work around the world with the funds raised helping to support a range of initiatives in one of four life changing and often life-saving programme funds – depending on which gift you choose. 

Life-changing Unwrapped Gifts

Please visit our online catalogue to find life-changing gift ideas priced from €10 to €1,000. For €65 you can put a child struggling to get to school on The Road to Education – and a better future. For students in southern Malawi, who used to have to walk up to 25 kilometres for school, getting to the classroom used to be an ordeal. Many students – especially young girls, like Grace* (pictured) – thought about dropping out of school before completing their education. But since Oxfam started distributing bikes to schoolgirls in the region, they spend less time travelling and more time learning. *Name changed  

Please look at this 2-minute video to see how Oxfam are helping Grace to break the cycle of poverty.

How to Buy

Once you’ve selected your Unwrapped Gifts there are several ways you can buy:

1)      Online at oxfamireland.org/unwrapped

2)      Via email at irl-unwrapped@oxfam.org

3)      Call our office at 1850 30 40 55. We’re open Monday through Friday 9am-5pm.

4)      Or, visit your local Oxfam shop. There, you can select your gift cards of choice and pick up some other items on your Christmas list.

We’re offering Chamber of Commerce members a BAA-rilliant 10% discount on bundles of 10 cards – please email irl-unwrapped@oxfam.org to avail of this. 

As one of the world’s leading and most trusted aid organisations, Oxfam is the perfect charity partner for your business. Whatever gift you decide to buy, we’ll ensure that your donation gets to the people who need it most and will continue to give hope and a brighter future to families and communities around the world.

When animals help families build a better future

Want to give that special someone something udderly unique this Christmas? Then why not make a really dairying moove – get them a Cow (€50/£46) from Oxfam’s Unwrapped range of gifts.

In Tanzania, widow and mother-of-six Noongishu’s life has been transformed since receiving a cow. She is now able to sell milk to earn an income for food and basic household items to provide for her family.

“I have been lifted from the pool of poverty and am now valued in the society,” she said. 

In many communities around the world, livestock provides a financial backbone for poor families, helping them to feed their children, pay medical bills and cover school fees. The funds generated by this gift help communities who rely on animals make a secure and sustainable living. 

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

Oxfam joins with Yemeni and international organisations to call for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen

As humanitarian, human rights and peacebuilding organisations working for and in Yemen, Oxfam and 34 other organisations welcome tomorrow’s unprecedented meeting of legislators from across nations and parties for the first International Parliamentary Conference for Peace in Yemen to demand governments work together to end the crisis. With 14 million men, women and children on the brink of famine – half the country’s population – there has never been a more urgent time to act. 
 
Oxfam and 34 other Yemeni and international organisations call on governments to secure an immediate cessation of hostilities, suspend the supply of arms at risk of being used in Yemen, guarantee unimpeded access and movement for vital imports, condemn any attacks on civilians and other violations of international humanitarian law by any party and support international investigations into these violations, including the work of UN Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen.  
 
Events in recent weeks have added to a long list of examples of disregard by Saudi Arabia for the international rules-based system and have brought renewed focus on the need for the international community, particularly the US, the UK and France, to reassess their partnerships with Riyadh. Any supporter of and arms supplier to the Saudi-Emirati-led coalition bears a special moral and legal responsibility to ensure that the coalition complies with international humanitarian law in Yemen. In light of the ongoing unlawful attacks against civilians by all parties in Yemen, widely documented by the UN Group of Eminent Experts, we add our voices to those of over one million of the global public and reiterate the call we have been making for years to all governments to suspend the supply of all arms at risk of being used in Yemen.   
 
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is manmade and a direct consequence of the warring parties’ severe restrictions on access to food, fuel, medical imports and humanitarian aid. The collapse of the Yemeni Rial and the non-payment of public sector workers is adding to the catastrophe. In addition, civilian deaths have increased dramatically in recent months - with 450 civilians killed in just 9 days in August - and violence against women and girls has risen significantly since the conflict escalated. We call on governments to redouble their efforts to guarantee unimpeded access to essential items, including fuel, in and throughout Yemen, including through the lifeline port of Hodeidah, where civilians have been caught in renewed fighting over the past few days. Any indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, and other violations of international humanitarian law by any party should be publicly condemned by the international community.   
 
Parliamentarians have a special responsibility to represent the voices of their constituents and hold their governments to account. On the eve of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum convened by President Macron to promote peace and improve global governance, we hope this conference will be a wake-up call. There is no military solution to the war in Yemen. Only an inclusive peace process can solve the humanitarian crisis.  
 
After almost four years of conflict, Yemenis can’t wait any longer.

 

CONTACT: Spokespeople here and in the region are available for interview. For interviews or more information, please contact: Alice Dawson-Lyons on 083 198 1869 / alice.dawsonlyons@oxfam.org

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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

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