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Oxford Circle

The Oxford Circle is an inspiring group of women based in Oxford - the birthplace of Oxfam - who share the same ambition: to support Oxfam's work with poor and vulnerable women around the world.

The group is focusing on improving health and education and, as well as fundraising, are keen to explore links with Oxford's universities and hospitals to add support to Oxfam's projects. This year, The Oxford Circle is supporting Oxfam's work helping children, especially girls, from poor communities in Niger to get a better education.

The Oxford Circle was launched at Oxfam's Eight Stories High event at the Oxford Playhouse on 14 October 2012. On Wednesday 5 December, The Oxford Circle hosted a festive drinks party at The Rotunda. Guests enjoyed an evening of Christmas carols from the Oxfam Choir and a spot of Christmas shopping. This wonderfully festive evening raised £2,196!

To mark IWD the Oxford Circle will take over Oxford's newly refurbished Gee's restaurant, aiming to inspire over 80 guests as well as raising funds for the Niger Education project.

Oxfam's work in transforming the lives of poor and vulnerable women around the world is a constant source of inspiration. I am proud to be launching our Circle in Oxfam's 70th anniversary year.

     Angela Wade, founding member and first Chairman of The Oxford Circle.

Helping children in Niger get a better education

About the project

Project aims:

  • Increase attendance and reduce drop-out rates by building and equipping six model classrooms, providing clean toilets, and encouraging families to send girls to school.
  • Enhance the quality of education by training and supporting the development of teachers.
  • Help communities to lobby authorities for education improvements.

How your support can help:

  • £9,448 could build one classroom in a model school
  • £2,800 could organise a campaign to promote girls' education on local radio
  • £150 could provide a school with a hygiene kit, essential for promoting better sanitation among children and ending preventable disease
  • £50 could buy 10 textbooks, essential materials for teaching adults to read and write

Download the full project proposal (PDF)