Bek and Steff's
China Challenge
2 - 14 Dec 06


Monday, May 15, 2006

Charity

The Oxfam Challenge raises money for Oxfam Australia (previously known as Oxfam Community Aid Abroad).

Oxfam Australia is an independent, not-for-profit, secular, community-based aid and development organisation. Oxfam's vision is of a fair world in which people control their own lives, their basic rights are achieved and the environment is sustained. Across 31 countries, Oxfam Australia works in partnership with local communities to overcome poverty and injustice.Even a small donation can make a big difference. For example:

  • $10 can buy a bush knife for a young person in the Solomon Islands to use to build fences and chicken coops to start up a small-scale project to help them grow more food;
  • $20 can pay for five household gardens to be set up in Cambodia. The vegetable gardens help families to have a more diverse diet and decrease the chances of malnutrition;
  • $30 can buy a personal washing kit for a family in Sudan, including body soaps, clothes soaps, a jerry can, sleeping mats and wash basins;
  • $50 can pay for Mozambican women living with HIV to undertake specialised sewing skills training, enabling them to develop skills to negotiate for further contracts;
  • $100 can be used to start a vegetable garden to provide nutritious food for families in need in South Africa. The vegetable gardens ensure that families who do not have the financial means to buy groceries are able to feed their families; and
  • $6,000 can pay for the plans, materials and a contractor to build a three-roomed school in rural Asia.

More information about Oxfam Australia is available here.

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