Thursday, 24 May 2012

Giving Back

Oxfam is a world famous organisation, compiled by 15 organisations worldwide, which have come together in over 90 countries to eradicate poverty, provide disaster relief, have advocacy, and to carry out policy research. Founded by Quakers in Oxford, Oxfam is a hard-working charity which almost seems to strengthen in adversity. Unfortunately, the hardships which burden the very core of the charity also affect millions of other Hunan beings in third world countries in our same earth. Famine is the inspiration and the cause for this fantastic charity, and a topic which they are determined to change.

Their Mission; "Working with thousands of local partner organizations, we work with people living in poverty striving to exercise their human rights, assert their dignity as full citizens and take control of their lives."

Oxfam is working worldwide to find lasting solutions to poverty and related injustice around the world. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods. They use sustainable projects which enable local people to manage their own lives, and ultimately to do so for generations to come.

Originally, my good friend and I started our volunteer work at Oxfam in an attempt to get it over and done with as part of our Duke of Edinborough Challenge. However, as the weeks progressed and I came to learn more about the fantastic work done by the charity, it had really encouraged me to want to carry on with my volunteering even after my required time expires. Furthermore, it is actually a lot more fun then you would expect, and I normally have a great time each week, sorting through donations, serving customers and just having fun with my friend and co-volunteerers.

You may be wondering what all this has to do with YOU? Well, the answer is, everything. If you feel that you want to help the world, even just a little, don't hesitate to go into your local Oxfam branch and collect an application form.

And let me tell you, it does feel really good to know that even because of your small action, you have helped at least one person in our world. It really does.

Jenny xx

By no means am I trying to advertise the Oxfam charity, I merely think that it is an admirable charity which you should know about.