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, Feed 6 Families and Care for a Baby to provide life-saving support to communities who are caught up in humanitarian crises. These can be natural disasters such as the Nepal Earthquake of 2015 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 A Goat, Goat Couple, Support a Budding Business, a Clutch of Chicks, Honeybees and Chocolate 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.
WATER FOR ALL
We use funds generated through gifts such as Safe Water for a Family and Water for a School to provide access to safe water and sanitation facilities to keep communities safe from disease. Creating and repairing water points, building toilets and teaching people the importance of health and hygiene practices are just some of the ways we help to save lives through our humanitarian work.
Without clean water, diarrhoea and diseases such as cholera can spread rapidly. Oxfam’s water engineers look for the most effective and efficient way to provide water such as repairing existing supplies, or searching for a new supply. We teach community members the skills needed to build and care for new water points. Critically, such new skills ensure community well-being not only now but their capacity and independence in doing so well into the future.
INVESTING IN FUTURES
Funds generated by the sale of gifts such as Educate a Girl and Long Life Learning 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 to build a sustainable future.
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.