GLOBAL CHALLENGE – OXFAM VISIT – 6th March 2012
As part of our work on the GLOBAL CHALLENGE we invited a speaker from OXFAM to come to our pack meeting on Tuesday, 6th March to talk about the work of this international charity.
We learnt from Sheila Humbert that the organisation began in 1942 as the OXford Committee for FAMine Relief. Today Oxfam GB is a leading international NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) with a worldwide reputation for excellence in the delivery of aid and development work. Its main purpose is to work with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International.
Oxfam campaigns for change: This is not a fair world. There’s wealth everywhere. So why do millions have to drink dirty, dangerous water? And why should millions more go hungry; without schools; or die of diseases we can prevent?
People want justice, not handouts. That’s why we campaign for change, as well as working with poor communities for a better future. Our experience tells us to pile on the pressure, day in, day out. So we’re working at every level – from local to global – getting poor people heard, challenging decisions by leaders whenever we see the developing world’s interests under fire. Poverty is preventable.
Oxfam responds to worldwide emergencies: Oxfam is famous for helping people in crisis. Our teams are saving lives around the world, right now. The latest involvement includes the West African Food crisis; violence in Syria and the crises in the Yemen.
Oxfam works on development in poverty stricken countries: development is at the heart of what we do – and that’s helping poor people find lasting answers to chronic poverty