Cookies on oxfam

We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience on our website. If you continue browsing, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all our cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Accept

Take a look at the projects

Individual donors:
Chelsea Birkby
01865 472832

Edward Gillespie
07867 142895

Trusts and foundations:
Julian Kosh
01865 472458

In Scotland:
Angus Nelson
0141 285 8863

Bangladesh: Fresh water sources

Funding target: £272,850. Year 1 of a 3 year project

Three of the world's most powerful rivers pass through Bangladesh. Much of the land is close to sea level, so people living in particularly low-lying coastal areas are hit the hardest. Most often this affects the poorest communities who have no choice but to live in these fragile areas. When floods hit, water sources can get contaminated with dirty sea water making it undrinkable, toilets become inaccessible, and people lose their crops and therefore their food and income. Sanitation becomes a problem and diseases such as cholera spread quickly. With your support we can ensure communities have access to clean water and toilets even when it floods.

Bolivia: Violence free lives

Funding target: £160,500. Year 2 of a 3 year project

Every three days a woman in Bolivia is murdered or is the victim of femicide. 87 per cent of victims of violence in Bolivia are women and nine out of ten young people know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence. Despite laws in place to protect women from domestic violence, there has been a rise in violence against women, both in frequency and brutality, and only 11 per cent of reported case are dealt with by the justice system. With your support, we will challenge the attitudes and beliefs which normalise violence against women, in order to support young people in Bolivia to live violence free lives.

Ethiopia: Life's essentials

Funding target: £294,250. Year 1 of a 3 year project

Recurrent drought and the harsh effects of climate change have left much of the Ethiopian population with limited water supplies and a reliance on the country's diminishing natural resources. In many areas of Ethiopia, a lack of drinking water, poor sanitation facilities and unsafe hygiene practices have led to ill health and severe malnutrition. The prevalence of malnutrition in the Somali region was categorised as 'critical' in 2016. Pastoralists, those dependent on their livestock, are particularly affected by the drought conditions with 85 per cent of people having no other source of income apart from their livestock. With your support we can ensure continued access to clean water and a source of income to make people more able to cope with drought conditions.

Iraq: Empowering survivors

Funding target: £160,500. Year 1 of a 2 year project

Sexual violence, including rape, sexual slavery, trafficking and child marriage, is often used as weapon of war. Women and girls are amongst the most affected, with reports showing 46 per cent of girls aged ten to 14 have been exposed to violence by a family member at least once in the month prior to being surveyed. Many health and social services desperately lack funding and government support, which means that those who experience violence cannot obtain the health or psychological support they require after these traumatic events. To make matters worse, survivors of sexual violence often face stigma within their families and communities. With your support we will seek to change community attitudes towards sexual violence, including reducing stigma, and help 100 survivors of sexual violence to start businesses to earn an income.

Kenya: Job satisfaction

Funding target: £171,243. Year 2 of a 3 year project

Many women and girls in Nairobi's informal settlements are forced to enter into unreliable and poorly paid casual work, such as domestic work looking after other families' children or informal businesses operated at the road side. This type of work is not regulated to protect workers' rights, provide them with fair wages or keep women safe from harm, including sexual violence and exploitation. Domestic workers, often working 14 hours a day, can earn as little as £14 per month (compared to Kenya's national £75 monthly minimum wage). These wages do not go far once essentials such as water or rent are paid, so these women and their families often go hungry. With your support, we will enable casual workers to collectively claim their legal and human rights, challenge violations and seek redress.

Malawi: A safe education

Funding target: £235,400. Year 1 of a 3 year project

Only 68 per cent of women in Malawi are able to read and write, compared to 81 per cent of men. Women, girls and other vulnerable students can be most affected as harmful traditional practices, such as early marriage, can force them to drop out of school early or not attend at all. Unsafe or poor quality facilities at school, for example a lack of proper sanitary facilities for girls during menstruation, or sexual violence towards girls and vulnerable people, can also lead to poor attendance. With your support, we will work with schools to tackle sexual violence and children's attitudes to gender differences, and increase school attendance amongst the most vulnerable students.

Pakistan: Building together

Funding target: £160,500. Year 1 of a 2 year project

The poorest communities in Pakistan's urban areas struggle with a lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities and waste disposal. This is a major health concern leading to disease and malnutrition. Pakistan has the highest under-five mortality rate in the region, at 89 deaths per 1,000 live births; around 53,000 children die each year from diarrhoea. 70 per cent of the urban population are accessing 'underground water', i.e. water from unreliable sources often contaminated with sewage or chemicals from faulty pipes. With your support, we will help the urban poor to hold the local authorities and service providers of water and sanitation to account to deliver on their urgent needs. We will also support communities to build their livelihoods so they can continue to support themselves and their families long into the future.

Philippines: Better prepared

Funding target: £187,250. Year 1 of a 2 year project

Increasingly extreme weather events, including typhoons and droughts, are depriving poor farmers of their livelihoods. Such weather events are likely to continue and increase in strength, significantly affecting the population as the Philippines is the third most disaster-prone country in the world. Successive periods of drought followed by flooding have caused the crops of small-scale farmers to fail, which have pushed many deeper into poverty. With your support we can help communities understand the effects of climate change and reduce its impact, by adapting climate-smart farming methods and diversifying their livelihood options.

Philippines: Improving reproductive health

Funding target: £187,250. Year 1 of a 2 year project

Women in the Mindanao region of the Philippines face some of the highest levels of discrimination and poverty in the whole country. This particularly manifests itself with regards to their sexual and reproductive health, and with their capacity to give birth safely. Women in this region face the highest risk of death during childbirth compared with the rest of the Philippines, 264 deaths for every 100,000 births. Only 12 per cent of babies will be delivered in a health facility and only 20 per cent by a skilled professional, compared to 61 and 72 per cent respectively for the rest of the country. With your support, we can ensure women have better access to quality sexual and reproductive health services so babies can be born safely, and women and their children can be healthy.

Rwanda: Profitable pig farming

Funding target: £214,000. Year 1 of a 3 year project

45 per cent of Rwandans live in poverty, with many people relying on small-scale agriculture to make a living. Women are responsible for carrying out the unpaid, and undervalued, time and labour intensive care work for the family, spending over four times as much time as men collecting water and firewood and caring for children, the sick and the elderly. With less time to spend within their communities or taking part in other work to make an income, women have a less respected position in society and less power within their households to contribute to decision making. With your help, we can support women farmers to lessen their workloads, make an income and have time for other activities to improve their position in society.

Zambia: Women matter

Funding target: £192,600. Year 1 of a 2 year project

Almost half of all girls in Zambia suffer from domestic violence, such as sexual abuse, exploitation or rape, before the age of 15. Cultural and social practices in Zambia condone violence against women and contribute to maintaining men in positions of power over women, and weak laws mean that most perpetrators of violence go unpunished. Women are therefore at high risk of contracting sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV, and those living with abusive and controlling partners are more likely to live in poverty. With your support, we can transform attitudes that condone violence, in seven districts, working with schools, traditional and religious leaders, and also work with celebrities and the media. We can also push for more effective legislation to end impunity for perpetrators of violence; helping women enjoy the same rights as men.

Zimbabwe: Water for Women

Funding target: £233,224. Year 1 of a 2 year project

Only 48 per cent of the rural population of Zimbabwe has access to safe drinking water. Traditionally women are responsible for collecting water, and often walk over a mile to the nearest source, carrying heavy buckets on their heads. Women also carry out the majority of household chores, including cleaning and washing laundry. The time spent on household chores reduces the amount of time that women can invest in other activities, such as income-earning opportunities, taking part in community activities or spending time with their friends and family. With your support, we can improve access to clean water allowing women to have more time to spend on other activities, improving their self worth and allowing them to grow personally and within their communities.