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Oxfam is born. Ever since, determined people like you have kept up the vital work started that night – and changed so many lives worldwide.
Our first schools organiser starts work. Today, teachers and students play a vital part in raising awareness of poverty and running fundraising events.
Oxfam shops start selling handicrafts from developing countries. Today, 1.65 million workers worldwide are part of a certified Fairtrade scheme.
After the horror of the famine in Ethiopia shocks the world, supporters donate £12.5m in four months – enabling us to provide urgent help to thousands of people.
We launch the £2-a-month scheme – and with thousands more people donating, we can help even more families leave poverty behind for good.
Thanks to you, we're moving closer and closer to a world where no one lives in extreme poverty. See exactly how we helped this year in our Annual Review.
We open the UK's first charity shop. Today, 23,000 amazing volunteers run 650 shops nationwide.
£20,000 arrives in the mail in response to our press adverts about famine in Congo. Your incredible support has saved countless lives in emergencies ever since.
Our recycling plant opens in Huddersfield. 12,000 tonnes of donated clothes we can't sell now come here each year – and nothing goes to landfill.
Super supporter Barbara Walmsley sets up the first Oxfam bridal shop in a converted bedroom in her house. 11 bridal shops now ensure families worldwide don’t face poverty alone.
The Asian Tsunami inspires an unprecedented public response, funding urgent help – from blankets to water – and long-term projects – like rebuilding schools.
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