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Oxfam visits LSBM
Oxfam visits LSBM
24 Feb 2017
Two charity volunteers and the Head of Volunteering and Engagement, Daniel O'Driscoll from Oxfam GB visited LSBM on 23 Feb 2017 to discuss the work of Oxfam and encourage students to apply for volunteering and internship opportunities with the charity.
Daniel highlighted 16 key campaign areas that Oxfam is currently working on (though they work in 94 different countries, so this is still just a sample of the work they do).
1/ Alleviating suffering in Yemen - Since March 2015 Oxfam estimates that 2.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes and that 82% of the population are in need of life-saving aid.
Oxfam has provided clean water and sanitation services and is supporting families directly.
2/ Trying to keep accurate data on the number of fatalities from ongoing/current wars.
In 2015 alone, over 150,000 people died as a direct result of war and conflict in just 20 countries, and it is sobering to realise that over 100,000 died in just three of those - Syria, Afganistan and Iraq.
3/ Helping to alleviate suffering in Ethiopia - Droughts and El Nino are expected to create famine conditions for an estimated 10.2 million people.
4/ South Sudan - Oxfam estimates that 4.6 million people need urgent humanitarian support.
5/ Nepal - Preparing for likely natural disasters in Nepal.
6/ Dealing with the after-effects of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti - Oxfam estimates that 12% of the population of Haiti, or 1.4 million people require immediate humanitarian assistance.
7/ Hunger in North East Nigeria.
8/ Disaster horizon scanning - Such as monitoring for food shortages, working with the World Food Programme, and exploring potential global disaster alert and co-ordination systems that could potentially help to stop-suffering before it happens.
9/ Co-ordinating an accurate Oxfam Annual report that can help to inform and guide the realities of the pressing humanitarian issues that are facing the planet. (Oxfam has a dedicated website for this, which you can see here - http://www.oxfamannualreview.org.uk/)
10/ Supporting the Mary's Meals program which feeds nearly 1 million school-aged children every day. (https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/)
11/ Combatting the challenges of Malaria - Over a million people die from malaria every year and Oxfam is actively involved in programmes that provide toilets and improve sanitation (among other things) in affected areas.
12/ Arms Control Treaties - Putting pressure on relevant parties to make sure that existing treaties are upheld.
13/ Campaigning for new Arms Trade Treaties.
14/ Campaigning for those who are living below the poverty line across the world and supporting practical campaigns with a goal of raising everyone out of poverty.
15/ Benchmarking inequality so that there are clear statistics about extreme poverty that can be used over time to assess progress.
16/ Campaigning against apathy and overwhelm - Simply because you can't help with everything, doesn't mean you should do nothing.
Can you help in some small way?
If you are interested in helping Oxfam with any of these campaigns, then you can learn more about the various volunteer opportunities that are available to you here:
You can also find details about the latest Oxfam voluntary internships here:
We would like to thank Oxfam for coming in to talk to our staff and students about the important work that they do.
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