NGO Spotlight: Oxfam International

The Oxfam organization can trace its roots back to 1942 when the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief was created in the United Kingdom. Since then, the organization has expanded its projects and locations to become one of the most well-known NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to help the poor.

With locations in 90 countries, including the United States of America, Oxfam International today focuses on not only immediate responses to crises but also on providing sustainable development in order to ensure the future is brighter.

Whether you are looking for a program that will help improve agricultural efforts in Africa or provide better education in southeast Asia, Oxfam International is there to help. As the organization points out: Nearly a billion people are already too poor to feed themselves.

Think about that – 1 in 7 people are currently too poor to afford proper nutrition. This statistic will unfortunately grow higher as droughts in many countries have caused poor crop yield for this year. One statement on the Oxfam International website shares that 1,123 cities in Brazil are in declared states of emergencies – a category reserved in most countries as the most dire of classifications. 

Women in Guatemala, such as the one pictured to the right, used to be able to depend on local products to feed their families. But within the past two decades, the country has become solely dependent on the United States for wheat and mostly dependent on western countries for rice, corn, and soy.

There are multiple ways one can become involved with Oxfam International to help improve the lives of others. By checking out their “Get Involved” tab on the website, one can notice volunteering and job opportunities – but also smaller things such as becoming Facebook friends with the organization.

To visit their website in English, just click on this link: http://www.oxfam.org/en

Through the past 70 years, Oxfam International has been helping out people who can’t help themselves. Who could you help out in just a small way today?

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