The goats that gave hope

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In Nhongue village in Mozambique, hunger is real threat. But since the arrival of her goats, Recelia and her family can access food, medicine and go to school.

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Rebuilding Nepal: six months on

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It’s been six months since the first of two devastating earthquakes devastated Nepal. Oxfam emergency teams and the people of Nepal have been working hard to rebuild — thanks to our incredible Oxfam supporters. Here’s what we’ve achieved together so far.

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Oxfam Unwrapped goats have helped Americo Moses, 46 (pictured), become a Community Veterinary Promotor

The goats that educated a family

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Oxfam Unwrapped helps put people in touch with life-changing goats in more ways than one. As a community veterinary promoter, Americo now has a reliable source of income; one that’s changed the life of his family forever. 

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Oxfam Unwrapped can provide people in poverty (like Delfinia) with a vital source of income

The goats that built a home

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Delfinia Bernado has a lot to smile about. She’s a proud mum of two — and thanks to a few clever goats — is earning enough money to provide for her family.

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Mae Sod leads the campaign against the Lower Sesan 2 dam in Sra Kor village.

Two rivers, two women, one dream

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Women are becoming frontline activists in the battle against the dams that threaten their communities: “We all have one dream. We want to be included in the decisions over the dams. We want our rights to be heard”

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Local community recognises the Deadly smiles project

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Oxfam recently partnered with the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS) to deliver the ‘Deadly Smiles’ project, a project dedicated to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Hear from the Project Lead, Dr Dumi Medago, who recently received an Appreciation Award from the local community.

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Straight Talk

Straight Talk program empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

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Engaging with the political system can be daunting for most people, but with the help of Oxfam’s Straight Talk program, Aboriginal women like Mayatili Marika are finding their voice and making an impact.

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Photo: Anna Zhu/OxfamAU

ChangeCourse participant Rhett Burraston is the NSW/ACT young achiever of the year

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In 2012, Rhett Burraston was selected to participate in the ChangeCourse program — a program run by Oxfam that provides opportunities for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to proactively effect change within their communities. Today, Rhett runs an after-school sports program in his hometown of Airds, which works with Aboriginal kids over the long-term, ensuring they are happy, healthy and have goals for the future. Most recently he was awarded the NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year.

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Lilia Malinao, 72 years old. Photo: Tessa Bunney/Oxfam

Lilia is prepared for the worst

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Vulnerable communities in The Philippines are struggling to cope with increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather. But, thanks to your support, women like Lilia (pictured) can have an amazing impact.

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Photo: Jim Holmes/Oxfam

Indian Ocean Tsunami, 10 years on: how life goes on in Aceh

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10 years ago, the Indian Ocean Tsunami shocked the world — 230,000 people lost their lives and 1.7 million were displaced. It remains Oxfam’s largest humanitarian response to date, helping around 2.5 million people between 2004 and 2009. Rahmat and Arie were children when the tsunami devastated Indonesia’s Aceh province. They share their experiences with us today.

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Photo: Robin Narciso/OxfamAUS

Women’s Voice for Change: Empowering young women to influence decision makers

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Nari is 24 and participates in a local Cambodian program called “Women Talk on Air” — a program that aims to build capacity and empower women to speak their minds to community leaders and decision-makers. She discusses her concerns around hydropower dam construction and the potential impact on an entire community.

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Photo: Vlad Sohkin/OxfamAUS

Two of the big four banks take action to respect land rights

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Westpac and National Australia Bank (NAB) have become the first of the big four banks to release a policy on land grabs — a significant step forward to stop unfair land deals that leave people around the world homeless and hungry.

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Photo: Rodney Dekker

How Fairtrade coffee is changing lives

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Coffee is crucial to the overall economy of East Timor. It is currently the most important source of foreign exchange and serves as the primary source of income for some 44,000 families. But for the members of Cooperativa Cafe Timor (CCT), the production of Fairtrade coffee is changing their lives one brew at a time.

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Photo: Eddie Carbonell/OxfamAUS

Inspiring stories of change

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Over the past two years, Oxfam has supported 25 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to proactively affect change within their communities. As the 2012–2014 program cycle draws to a close, making way for the next group of bright and passionate young people, two participants share their inspiring stories of change and how your support made it happen.

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Behind the Brands Update: General Mills; the making of a climate leader

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After two months of campaigning, we are thrilled to announce that General Mills (the makers of Old El Paso and Latina past) who were once ranked last on climate change policies on our Behind the Brands scorecard has committed to become a true climate leader. How? By setting targets to reduce emissions, participate in real […]

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Photo: Ngarra Murray

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women creating change in community

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The Straight Talk program has brought together more than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across the nation to learn about Australia’s political system and form powerful networks with each other and with women of Federal Parliament.

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Photo: David Crosling/Oxfam AU

Woolworths shares a secret

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Most clothing and footwear companies are highly secretive about the factories that supply to them. But, in addition to signing this important safety agreement, companies are now starting to tell us where their factories are. For the first time ever we can now see where Big W (owned by Woolworths) is making its clothes in Bangladesh.

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Samoa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Burkina Faso, Belgium, Australia, and Austria Ratify the Arms Trade Treaty. Photo Credit: Champion Hamilton/Champion Eye Media/Control Arms.

Australia ratifies historic Arms Trade Treaty: Now let’s ensure it makes a difference

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Australia’s ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty should be celebrated. In this blog, Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Advocacy Coordinator, Ben Murphy, outlines the next steps for Australia to help end illicit arms deals that fuel conflicts in places like Syria and South Sudan.

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Photo: Dustin Barter/OxfamAUS

Lives you’ve changed in Laos

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With your support, our six year program in Phoupieng Village, Laos, helped the community lift itself out of poverty. As we celebrate 25 years of work in Laos, we trace Phoupieng’s journey of lasting change.

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Photo: Max Bastard

Sock monkey happiness

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Sock monkeys — the newest addition to Oxfam Shop’s fair trade product range — had their Australian debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala in March, sharing centre stage with popular comedian Sammy J and his purple sidekick Randy. The duo brought the sock monkeys back from South Africa, where they met some of […]

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Photo: Cam Cope/Oxfam AUS

The power of Fairtrade chocolate

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Kuapa Kookoo is the only farmer owned cocoa cooperative in Ghana and the supplier of cocoa for the Oxfam So Fair So Good range available at Oxfam Shop. Thanks to Fair trade sales, they’re creating life-changing social projects for the whole community.

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You Spoke – Coca-Cola listened

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What does it take to make a global sugar giant promise to improve its policies on land? You. And more than 225,000 other Oxfam supporters around the world.

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Fantastic news!

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We have just heard that after months of promises, Woolworths have finally listened to you and signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord. This means that soon, safety teams will be inspecting all of Woolworths’ (Big W) supplier factories in Bangladesh for building and fire safety. The news that Woolworths has finally signed the Bangladesh […]

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Katies and Millers take action on safety in Bangladesh

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Thanks to the great work of Oxfam supporters like you, another major Australian clothing retailer has now signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord. This week, Specialty Fashion Group (incorporating the Katies, Millers, City Chic, Autograph and Crossroads brands) became the fifth Australian company to sign the accord, joining Kmart, Target, Cotton On and Forever […]

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