How we spend your money

How we spend your money

How we spend your money

The money that you, and thousands of others, spend on Oxfam Unwrapped gifts will support the full range of Oxfam's work around the world, from emergency responses to advocacy projects. Thank you!

Every year, our fantastic programme teams work out what the communities we work in need the most. It's these must-have items that get featured in our gift catalogue. The gifts are grouped into categories according to their theme. We've added two-letter codes to the end of each product code to show which category they belong to. Your gift could fund any of the activities within the category. Oxfam Unwrapped supports four project categories in total.

The gift code shows how we'll spend your money

You can tell which type of project your gift will support from the last two letters of the gift code.

ML - Making a Living

ML - Making a Living

Enabling people to generate a sustainable income, put food on the table and learn to cope with the impacts of climate change. Example activities: training farmers, distributing livestock, teaching business skills.

IN - Investing in The Future

IN - Investing in The Future

Ensuring people have the best opportunities to succeed. Example activities: training teachers, ensuring children can go to school, helping to bring about improved healthcare services.

RE - Respond in an Emergency

RE - Respond in an Emergency

Providing much needed assistance quickly. Example activities: providing access to safe water and sanitation facilities, ensuring that people have access to food, as well as helping people to reconstruct their communities.

WA - Water for All

WA - Water for All

Provide access to safe water and sanitation facilities to keep communities safe from disease. Examples include: creating and repairing water points, building toilets and teaching people the importance of health and hygiene practices.

Why do we do this?

Honestly? Having flexibility in how we spend your money helps us to respond most effectively in often changing situations. We tailor our activities so that they are appropriate to each community we work with, so whilst fixing a well is the best solution in one area, we might need to provide safe water through drilling a borehole in another. Rachel's story is a great example of how our flexible approach helps and empowers people.

In 2012, prolonged droughts in Salima, Malawi, caused Rachel to lose her entire crop - her family's only source of income and food. Oxfam offered to train Rachel in drought-resistant farming but Rachel told Oxfam that the best way to help her would be to give her chicks. Rachel wanted to be able to make a living from her home, where she cares for her children and disabled husband. From 12 chicks she began to breed chickens and sell the eggs from her home.

Rachel's family now have more food and a reliable source of income. She has sent 2 of her children back to school and formed a chicken cooperative with her neighbours. For others the right solution may be farming tools, training or help standing up for their rights. This is why it is important that we can use the money we raise in a flexible way.

Getting funds to where they're needed most

Whatever gift you decide to buy, we'll ensure that your money gets to the people that need it most. Also, to ensure Unwrapped funds have the best possible impact we'll use some of your money for vital added extras. 

Here's an example of what that might look like when you build a bog:

  • Transport delivers materials to often remote communities
  • Tools and labour to build the bog
  • Public health training teaches people about improved sanitation
  • Oxfam programme staff - to implement the programmes and ensure long-term benefits are delivered.
  • Local office running costs are also covered.
  • Finally your gift also helps cover the cost of Oxfam Unwrapped.