Organization Spotlight ~ Oxfam International
What happens when 15 international organizations come together in over 90 countries and partner with people around the world all in an effort to end poverty and injustice? Oxfam International happens.
The name Oxfam, derived from the term “Oxford Committee for Famine Relief“, describes the group of diverse organizations that came together to achieve a greater impact in the reduction of poverty and injustice on an international level.
Formed in 1995, not only does Oxfam deliver emergency relief but they also implement “long term development programs in vulnerable communities”.
Oxfam diligently works to help those “striving to exercise their human rights, assert their dignity as full citizens and take control of their lives”. It is their belief that all people have the right to live a life free from poverty and reside in a “more equitable world”.
Focusing their efforts in the areas of program development, emergency aid, raising public awareness, advocating for change and conducting research, Oxfam works with local organizations to support those living in poverty.
Addressing multiple issues including agriculture, HIV and AIDS, gender justice, minority rights, and education, Oxfam works directly with the communities they service seeking to “lift people out of poverty” and ensure that they have a “say in decisions that affect them”.
Currently, there are Oxfam organizations based in several global regions including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico and Spain. Those working behind the scenes at Oxfam are passionate about human rights. According to their website “When people speak out, change happens” – and thanks to Oxfam and the organizations and individuals standing with them, change is occurring.