When disaster strikes Oxfam’s priority is to start saving lives, then to help them come back stronger. Providing clean water to drink and decent sanitation. Providing help for people to get food and the essentials they need to survive. Ensuring the most vulnerable are kept safe from harm.
Oxfam works at grassroots level, promoting development, helping people to help themselves out of poverty – supporting their right to work and provide for their loved ones. Through the advancement women’s rights and building fair livelihoods – these are the most effective ways to end poverty.
From Downing Street to the World Bank, Oxfam makes sure the voices of the world’s poorest people are heard loud and clear. By bringing it’s passionate supporters together to take action on big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, climate change and hunger. Challenging the systems and institutions that are the cause of the injustice of poverty, to ensure lasting change.
One in five people in the UK today are struggling to put food on the table and heat their homes. More than half a million people had to rely on food banks to feed themselves and their families in the past year. Oxfam won’t live with the injustice of poverty, whatever it looks like, wherever it exists and that includes poverty in our own backyard.
Beating poverty for good in the UK means giving people support beyond basics like food and heating. It’s about creating opportunities to learn new skills, supporting workers to find jobs that pay fairly and building people’s confidence so they can take the next step in their lives.