Where does the money go?

Your gift goes into specific programme funds: Saving Lives, Livelihoods, Women's Rights, Health and Education.



Oxfam Ireland uses the funds generated by the sale of gifts such as a Cooking Stove, Care for a Baby, Safe Water for Families, Fix a Well, Water Quality Testing, and Water for a School to provide life-saving support to communities who are caught up in humanitarian crises. These can be natural disasters such as the Haiti Earthquake of 2010 or man-made such as the ongoing crises in Syria or in the Democratic of Congo. Regardless of the causes these crises affect many millions of people around the world annually, causing untold misery, death and destruction. Whole communities are confronted with unimaginable threats to their lives and security. Many are displaced and lose their homes and their livelihoods. 
Oxfam’s priority is to ensure that fewer men, women and children will die or suffer illness, insecurity or deprivation because of natural disasters and conflict. We believe that those most at risk have the right to clean water and sanitation, food and shelter and to have their basic needs met. And importantly they should be free from violence and coercion and be able to take control of their own lives with dignity.
In humanitarian crisis Oxfam therefore provides a range of practical supports such as clean water, sanitation facilities, cash vouchers to enable the purchase of food, mosquito nets to prevent malaria and personal hygiene items. We also work to ensure that the rights of the most vulnerable including small children and the elderly, people living with HIV and those with disabilities, are recognised and supported.




Oxfam Ireland uses funds generated by the sale of gifts such as Goats, 3 Little Pigs, a Clutch of Chicks, and Fight Climate Change to work with poor communities to improve their livelihoods. Our work to increase agricultural production, safeguard animal health and well-being, provide small-scale farmers and other producers with access to markets and opportunities to enter the value chain makes a significant difference to income at the level of individual households. These efforts improve food security and increase the well-being of poor families by giving them access to greater development opportunities.
But the success or otherwise of our livelihoods work is heavily influenced by the degree to which communities have access to key productive resources such as land and water. That is why a big focus of our work in this area is to secure land rights particularly for poor women farmers who are the majority of the subsistence farmers in developing countries.  We work to ensure that the farmers, who work the land, own the land and have access to the knowledge and techniques that will improve their productivity. We also aim to ensure that communities whose livelihoods depend on livestock, such as the Masaai Pastoralists of Northern Tanzania, have access to water and grazing land for their animals and the support of trained community animal health workers to help them maintain healthy stocks.


Oxfam understands that you are more likely to be poor if you a woman. You are more likely to go hungry and be kept out of school. You are less likely to own land or have the right to make decisions affecting your life. You are also more likely to be a refugee or the victim of sexual violence. These are all, first and foremost, an abuse of the basic human rights of women and girls throughout the world. But they also represent significant barriers to meaningful development for those women and girls, their families and communities.  Oxfam has therefore placed the advancement of women’s rights at the centre of its work. 
We use funds generated through gifts such as Women’s Empowerment to address the particular challenges faced by women and girls. This includes programmes that address the rights of women to access and control resources such as land that promote the contribution, visibility and voice of small-scale women farmers and other producers and create dedicated market opportunities that specifically benefit women.  
We also work to eradicate violence against women and girls through changing the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours that condone and perpetuate such violence, by mobilising popular campaigns and by advocating for legislation and other policy frameworks that protect and promote the rights of women and girls to live free from violence, provide for criminal sanction and legal redress and ensure that survivors of violence have access to safe and confidential services.




Funds generated by the sale of gifts such as Educate a Girl and School Books enable Oxfam Ireland to undertake vital work to ensure that poor communities have access to key essential services. Our goal here is to ensure that more women and men, boys and girls will exercise their rights to quality health care and education.

We are particularly concerned with the most marginalised members of those communities such as orphans and vulnerable children and those living with HIV. When people cannot access proper health care and education services their life chances are compromised and significant constraints are placed on their ability to live healthy, productive lives and achieve their true potential. 

We are working to increase access to these vital services by advocating for the availability of resources, promoting innovation in service provision and empowering poor communities to demand greater accountability from their governments on the allocation of funding for these services.