HELP! It’s an emergency! Go Team Oxfam!

Travelling three hours across the country to visit a cold warehouse. Early start on my day off from work. Not sure this would sell on a ‘Places to See in Britain’ website.


What if I re-phrased it? 

“Come and experience the life-saving work of Oxfam by taking an informative, educational and fascinating tour of the heart of its emergency response. Try out the equipment. Sit inside a water tank. Crane your neck to see the flat packed kit ready to be sent across the world. Learn about the important water and sanitation work that Oxfam is famous for. Lives are changed by the generosity of a giving public and the hard work of a warehouse logistics team bringing it all together. This warehouse is a hub of activity – especially when an emergency appeal is launched.”

Where is your money going? Let me show you.

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Today I had the privilege of walking around the most exciting warehouse in the world. I stand fascinated and amazed at all of the equipment that has been especially designed and constructed to help save lives. So much thought has gone into ensuring that the best resources can help and assist the most vulnerable at times of crisis. This equipment can get a community back on its feet after a natural disaster.

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Check out the tap stand!

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The warehouse was looking bare. Although Nepal has dropped off the media’s radar, the emptiness of this vast warehouse is a reminder that Oxfam has responded and is helping those affected by this very recent earthquake. The money given by Oxfam supporters has provided vital equipment to assist in the aid effort. Every donation helps. Consider to give regularly – it makes such a difference to so many lives.

It's looking a bit empty... but it is replenishing! Make sure you keep donating!
It’s looking a bit empty… but it is replenishing! Make sure you keep donating!

Where is your money going? To the people who need it when an emergency strikes.   

Let's test the water to make sure it's safe to drink!
Let’s test the water to make sure it’s safe to drink!
An example of a latrine. Sanitation is vital, especially in an emergency.
An example of a latrine. Sanitation is vital, especially in an emergency.
Shelter.
Shelter.
Inside a water tank. It has been adapted to meet our needs of course. I.e. no water, a projector, lights etc. But very awesome.
Inside a water tank. It has been adapted to meet our needs of course. I.e. no water, a projector, lights etc. But very awesome.

As you can see, Oxfam provides a variety of different things when an emergency strikes. There is a whole conveyor belt of talent which contributes to saving lives including: engineers, warehouse operators, fundraisers, campaigners, project managers, humanitarian coordinators, the general public, the local communities in affected areas, HR, finance, administration to name a few.

And you can find this amazing support & effort is found across the world (including Russia, which isn’t highlighted!):

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Buckets. Buckets. Buckets. Buckets. Buckets. Yeah. Buckets.
Buckets. Buckets. Buckets. Buckets. Buckets. Yeah. Buckets.

As a volunteer Fundraising Coordinator, it greatly blessed me to see the heart of Oxfam’s work. I can boldly say that the money we collect is going to the areas in the world that are most in need of our help. The equipment is tried and tested and continues to be improved. And it’s not only about equipment. It is about promoting health, providing information to help communities, and letting them get on with their lives as soon as possible after an emergency.

Oxfam is not a cash hand-out, but a hand-up in an emergency.

Could you help Oxfam? 

Check out their website to see the many ways in which you can help support Oxfam’s work:

https://www.oxfam.org.uk/

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