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This week at Oxfam, 15-19 April 2013

Posted by Suzanne Rodrigues Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

19th Apr 2013

This time last week, we posted the first update on the week's events in Oxfam House.  We got a good response to it, so it's nice to be able to bring you the next one!  It feels like it's been a busy week. Lots has been happening - and the sun finally made an appearance, which makes everything a little bit better. 

We have to start with Syria. It's our primary focus in Oxfam House at the moment and the more news we receive from our staff in the field, the more we know we have to keep working as hard as possible to support the families affected. Earlier in the week we received an update on the number of people that have fled Syria.  It makes interesting - and worrying - reading. Over 1 million have now fled the country and 400,000 of them have found refuge in Lebanon - a country that usually has population of 4 million. That's an extra 10% in a country that's already one of the most water-poor countries in the world. I posted an infographic on the blog earlier today, and that sums up the situation better than I can here. 

Emergency headlines
At any one time, our teams are responding to an average of 25 emergencies around the world. Inside Oxfam House, we're told about any key changes in these emergencies, and our response to them, in the Emergency Headlines email sent out by our Humanitarian Department each week. It helps us stay up-to-date with what's happening beyond this office. Our priority at the moment is, of course, Syria, but the Emergency Headlines keep the other emergency responses in the minds of all the fundraisers, campaigners and policy-makers in this building.  Our work in Mali stood out for me this week, where a lack of funding is making our response a real challenge. 

Monsoon launched a new range of homewares for Oxfam
On Monday, the high street retailer Monsoon launched a new range of homewares for Oxfam.  The products are made by artisan producers in India and all profits from the range will help to fund Oxfam's work. 

The Running Events team headed to London for this weekend's marathon
One of the most exciting fundraising events of the year, the London Marathon, is taking place on Sunday. Our Running Events team - Matt, Erika and Isy - headed down to London on Tuesday to set up our stand at the London Marathon Exhibition. They've been there all week, meeting our runners and giving them last words of advice and encouragement! On Sunday they'll be joined by lots of volunteers both from Oxfam House and the general public - all there to support the Oxfam team, which is on track to raise £320,000. One of our runners, Lucy Fenner, has popped up in a few newspapers this week - her heart is preventing her from running the event, but she's not letting that stop her and on Sunday, she'll be walking the 26.2 miles.  Good luck to every single member of the team. This is your big day! Enjoy it. 

The Coldplay video starring Oxfam supporters everywhere
Also on Tuesday, the Coldplay video made up of crowdsourced content from Oxfam supporters was shared with the public.  It's all about raising awareness of land grabs.  If you don't know much about the issue, it's definitely worth reading up on. 

Thanks for reading this update! If there's anything specific you would like to hear about in 'This week at Oxfam', let us know and we'll do our best. 

Blog post written by Suzanne Rodrigues

Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

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