Act Locally To Impact Globally

 

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Photo courtesy of Oxfam America

Welcome to Oxfam at Syracuse University’s blog. We work in alignment with Oxfam America and Oxfam International. The name “Oxfam” itself is derived from the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, which was established in Britain during the Second World War. The group initially campaigned so that starving women and children could gain access to food supplies in Axis-occupied Greece.

Later, in 1995 a collection of independent NGOs came together to form Oxfam International. Overtime, Oxfam International became a key leader in delivering emergency relief. Their mission was to reduce poverty and injustice on an international scale by empowering people in their local communities. Oxfam is unique because they implement long-term development programs in the most vulnerable areas. Today, the Oxfam International confederation consists of 18 member organizations (including, Oxfam America) operating in over 90 countries.

We the members of Oxfam at SU, work in alignment with Oxfam America and participate in a global movement for change. We campaign to stop unfair trade rules, demand superior health and education services for all, and stand with deprived peoples such as refugees. We also campaign to combat climate change which has adverse effects on not only our planet but also on its inhabitants. 

Here, at Oxfam at SU we will hold benefit concerts, Oxfam Jams, teach-ins, panels, and movie screenings, in addition to lobbying and other awareness events. Our efforts in supporting Oxfam can change people’s lives. We can help farmers in Ethiopia rebuild their communities or give children in Syria access to water and light, or provide disaster relief to earthquake survivors. If you give a damn, then join Oxfam.

Stay tuned for more posts about our campaigns, events, and initiatives! For more information email oxfam.syr@gmail.com