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See For Yourself – An Evening of Ugandan Culture!

 

Last year, we took three supporters to Uganda to see first-hand the impact that their generosity has on the lives of people affected by poverty and injustice.

And now we’re inviting the rest of our supporters, friends and the public to do the same and join us for an evening of Ugandan culture, with music, food and stories from the field!  

We’re hosting an informal event on Wednesday 25th September from 18.00 – 20.00 at WeWork, Block D, Iveagh Court, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2.

- Come see for yourself how we're helping to beat poverty for good in Uganda and beyond

- Taste authentic Ugandan food and get some top tips too, while enjoying African drums and music

- Hear from Oxfam supporters who saw first-hand the impact of their generosity during a See For Yourself trip to Uganda

This event is free and open to all but please let us know you're coming - RSVP by emailing eleonora.menghetti@oxfam.org

 

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How to Save Money and the Environment

Want to be More Eco-Friendly? Shop Smart

When it takes 10,000 litres of water to grow enough cotton to make just one outfit, you know something is wrong. Every year, 225,000 tonnes of clothing end up in landfill in Ireland – a complete waste of water and energy. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – it’s simply unsustainable. 
 
The Global Footprint Network reports that as of 2016, it would take roughly 3.14 Earths to support the world’s population if everyone had the consumption habits of Ireland. Considering that we don’t have 3.14 Earths to exploit, our lifestyles are unsustainable and we need to change our habits – urgently.  
 
Ireland need to reconsider its priorities, but so too does the fashion industry which stubbornly refuses to pick up the pace in its move to a more circular economy. Inaction only adds to our increasing landfill waste and skyrocketing carbon dioxide emissions. The truth is that we don’t have to live by the fashion industry’s rules. In the words of actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson: “As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy.” To shake up the fashion industry and help reduce Ireland’s carbon footprint, we must come together to purchase with purpose and shop responsibly.
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Hunting for Discounts? So Are We

Not only does second-hand shopping help reduce your carbon footprint, it also helps save your hard-earned cash. Second-hand shops are well-known for offering unbelievable deals on a wide variety of items. Most have bargains for everyone in the family – from children’s toys to men’s suits. If you’re a student on a budget, you can create your autumn style and wardrobe by grabbing the latest, heavily discounted second-hand skirts, tops, and coats. Be sure to take advantage of special deals in the shops as they won’t last long! And Oxfam shops offer an amazing collection of accessories, so any outfit can be completed in style. So, ask yourself, why shop new when you can shop pre-loved?

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5 Stunning Autumn Looks – Without Buying New

Can you really update your wardrobe for autumn using only second-hand clothes? Judging by these brilliant buys that were #FoundInOxfam, it seems the answer is YES.
 
With a new season on the way, it can be tempting to fill your wardrobe with a rail of brand-new clothes. But if you’d prefer to take the eco-friendlier approach this autumn, you can simply update your look with second-hand style. 
 
This month, #SecondHandSeptember supporter Valerie Ward (@enhancelifestyles) spiced it up with a photoshoot showing only #FoundInOxfam clothes from Oxfam, on Dublin’s George’s Street, to showcase fabulous second-hand variety and finds.
We’re loving this gorgeous top and skirt paired with the perfect small black bag, all #FoundInOxfam. Looks like model Charlotte Ward Pratt (@chxrlie.elizxbeth) is prepped and ready for a stylish autumn.
Jay O’Donoghue rocks a brown stand collar coat #FoundInOxfam – and it’s definitely put a smile on his face. Oxfam shops also stock loads of fashion-forward clothes for men, so everyone’s a winner!
Don’t be afraid to let your unique colours shine by picking up a bold colour piece, just like model Robyn Ward Pratt’s (@robyn_soneti).
Gisele agrees that you can’t beat a second-hand find like this adorable yellow trench coat that fits perfectly over any outfit. No doubt it was snapped up fast from Oxfam George's St (@oxfamgeorgesst)
An autumn outfit is never complete without on-trend ankle boots, a chunky necklace and a handy yet stylish bag, all #FoundInOxfam.

Bonus Look

Proof that graphic tees don’t need to be boring – this coat and skirt combo is a great way to add a dash of flavour to your wardrobe, while staying warm. Another fab Oxfam George's St (@oxfamgeorgesst) find.

If you’re after pre-loved style inspiration, second-hand shops always deliver – we love the wide variety of cuts, colours and patterns that were all #FoundInOxfam at @oxfamgeorgesst. Ready to explore? Start by popping into your nearest shop. 

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Back to School: Help Open a Child’s Door

Children at Al Rusul school for girls in Mosul, Iraq. Photo: Tegid Cartwright/Oxfam

For a good bit of us here in Ireland, it’s back to school time, which means parents and children are back to stressing about making it out of the door in the mornings on-time. Five minutes late? That’s no bother to some children going back to school in Iraq right now as they also worry about clean and safe access to toilets. Did you know that more than 1/2 of schools in Iraq need rehabilitation and 2.5 million children need help to access education?

Returning Home

During the three-year reign of terror by ISIS, Iraq’s once thriving city of Mosul was torn apart by fighting. Homes, health centres and schools were bombed and shattered to pieces. For many of Mosul’s children and their loved ones, their happy memories and old lives have all gone as children have seen their parents, grandparents or siblings being killed. They’ve lived under the daily terror of violent occupation. Without schooling, only 5% of 8 to 9-year-olds can now read and solve math problems at an appropriate grade level.

When it was safe for Bibi, a student, to return to her old primary school in west Mosul, she found it was a shell. An empty shell. The windows had been blown out, the furniture was broken, and the classrooms empty, void of the children’s work that had once filled their walls. The school’s sanitation system had been destroyed. There was no running water and the toilet floors were covered in rubbish, mud and faeces. The stench was so bad it made the children feel sick.

“When ISIS came, I stayed here for awhile and then I was told to leave. It [the school] was destroyed, the furniture was broken. All our records were all over the floor. There was nothing left for us. Two years of the students’ lives are gone.”
- Muna Husein Kadu, Headteacher at the Al Rusul Primary School for girls
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The bathrooms in Al Rusul school for girls before Oxfam carried out rehabilitation work to install clean and sanitary toilets and sinks for the students to use. Photo: Tegid Cartwright/Oxfam

Back to School

In west Mosul, families are gradually returning home to rebuild their lives after the conflict with ISIS, and over the last few months children have started slowly going back to school to restart their education. Oxfam’s teams have helped to rehabilitate the water and sanitation systems in over 30 key schools, ensuring hundreds of children going back to school have a safe and sanitary environment in which to learn. This work is complemented by educational sessions on hygiene that teach children about the importance of keeping themselves and the environment clean through interactive games. These sessions also serve as a fun way for the children to engage with each other and rebuild friendships. 
In just three days – that’s right, just three days – Oxfam workers on the ground rebuilt the sanitation system at Bibi’s school, the Al Rusul Primary School for girls. This is the fast, effective, and life-changing difference we can bring to children in Iraq with the support of donors. Now more than half of the schools in Iraq need rehabilitation, along with hundreds of schools in war-torn countries like Syria. We must make sure they have a better future. In three days, we can help protect their future. Together, we can help Mosul’s children get an education, and avoid a lifetime of poverty. We can make sure that boys and girls are in school and not at risk of being worked to the bone – for as little as 10,000 dinars (less than nine dollars a day) – as child labourers. With so many obstacles already making it hard for Mosul’s children to get an education, sanitation should not be one of them.
“The kids are the ones with the hope. They want to carry on and progress”.
- Muna Husein Kadu, Headteacher at the Al Rusul Primary School for girls

How to fix toilets in three days | Oxfam Ireland

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New Shocking Facts About the Impact of Fast Fashion on our Climate

 

Our planet is in serious trouble and our nation’s addiction to new clothes is doing more harm than you may think.

Half a tonne of clothing every minute is dumped into a landfill in Ireland. That amount produces over 12 tonnes of carbon emissions – the same as driving 65,000 kilometres in a car.

Buying just one white cotton shirt produces the same amount of emissions as driving 56 kilometres in a car. 

Earlier this year, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg stood up in front of world leaders at Davos to deliver a chilling wake up call. “We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people.”

 
 
Greta sparked a wake-up call across the globe demanding drastic change to save our planet and in turn, ourselves. We’re all feeling the effects of the climate emergency, but it is not affecting us all equally.
 
The world’s poorest people have contributed the least to the climate crisis, yet are suffering the full force of its impacts – increased flooding, droughts and storms destroying lives, homes, jobs, livestock and crops.
 
When Greta said, “our house is on fire” she wasn’t wrong. We are seeing unprecedented wild fires spreading across the Amazon rainforest, the lungs of our planet, producing 20% of the world’s oxygen.
Greenland’s ice sheet is melting so fast it has caused global sea levels to rise 0.5mm in just one month. Our planet is in serious trouble.
 
But things could be different. As Greta pointed out “The main solution is so simple that even a small child can understand. We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases.”
 
Obvious actions stand out – flying less, driving less, taking more public transport. But how about buying fewer new clothes? With the global textile industry producing more greenhouse gas emissions than international aviation and shipping combined – it could be a more important change than we think.
 
Help raise awareness of how damaging our shopping habits can be by sharing the graphic below on your social channels.
 
 
 
 
 

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