Relief for those caught in crisis. Water where there was drought. Communities equipped with the skills and knowledge to help themselves. Campaigning that challenges injustice and the root causes of poverty.
Lives changed. All made possible in 2012 by supporters with big hearts and one united voice.
ABOVE: Adoaga from Chad pictured with her family. We continue to reach people in West Africa through the work you support.
As we mark the end of 2012 and look forward to the New Year, I want to express my gratitude to each and every one of you for what we’ve achieved together in 2012.
Operating in a difficult economic climate has meant that we must do more with less, which is why we are so grateful for your support.
In the past year, you supported our life-changing work with your time, your energy, your dedication and your money.
Regardless of how you contributed, your support has made the difference.
It’s thanks to you that we can achieve so much... from taking the lead in Ireland by responding to the West Africa food crisis to showing politicians North and South why women’s rights must be put at the heart of the international agenda through our Ending Poverty Starts with Women campaign.
We have also continued our work with people affected by the 2011 East Africa food crisis in Kenya and Somalia, along with responding the escalating situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where we are currently providing water, sanitation, food and cash transfer to local communities and those who have fled their homes to escape the terrible conflict.
AVOVE: Supporters at festivals for our campaign on women's rights. RIGHT: Sharon Corr visits Tanzania with Oxfam to support the same campaign and to raise awareness about the issues that women face.
Our team in Tanzania is reaching hundreds of thousands of people with the We Can campaign, which tackles the attitudes and behaviours that permit violence against women and encourages ordinary people to become change-makers in their local communities, recruiting others to do the same. This is just one of many incredible initiatives taking place in the 94 countries where we work around the world.
Our success in helping people affected by poverty and injustice to change their lives for the better would be impossible without the support of people like you.
On behalf of all the team at Oxfam Ireland, we wish you a very Happy New Year.