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  • Grows vegetables
  • Fills classrooms
  • Drills wells
  • Empowers women
  • Fights poverty

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.

When you buy a gift, your donation will be allocated to one of four project categories. Read the product description on the product page of your chosen gift to find out what project category your gift will support.

You can also choose to let Oxfam spend your money on any part of our work; whether that's providing essential support after a disaster, helping people work themselves out of poverty, or campaigning to change the things that keep people poor. You can select this option during checkout.

Our project categories

These are the four project categories that Oxfam Unwrapped gifts support. Read the product description on the product page of your chosen gift to find out what project category your gift will support. Alternatively you can tell which type of project your gift will support from the last two letters of the gift code, which can be found on the back of your gift card.

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?

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.

Getting funds to where they're needed most

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

Here's an example of what that could look like when you buy a toilet:

  1. Tools and labour to help build the toilet.
  2. Public health training to teach people about improved sanitation.
  3. Lobbying governments to encourage them to invest in water and sanitation facilities.
  4. Oxfam programme staff implements the programmes and ensure long-term benefits are delivered. Local office running costs are also covered.
  5. Oxfam Unwrapped. Finally, your gift also helps cover the cost of publicizing and producing Oxfam Unwrapped gifts. Helping us raise more money.