Through the Community Benefits Program, Ritchies Supermarkets and its customers have raised thousands of dollars to support Oxfam Australia's work against poverty and injustice around the world.
This valuable support has been used to make a positive difference to communities we work with in three main ways.
Local Solomon Islands' women, like Jemimah John, are concerned chemicals from a tailings dam upstream will overflow into their water supply. Photo: Lara McKinley/OxfamAUS
Campaigning for change
Poverty isn't just about lack of resources. In a wealthy world it's about bad decisions made by powerful people. We form part of a global movement of people committed to achieving a fairer world by:
Partnering with Australians to campaign on the issues that matter - more than 85,000 Australians took action with us in 2007/2008
Empowering communities in developing countries to realise their rights and improve their lives
Engaging with organisations and governments to change policies that perpetuate poverty and inequality
Somawathi Gunapala, from Pillanduwa village, in central Sri Lanka
picks ripe snake beans from the vegetable garden she has established
with four other community members, with Oxfam Australia's support
Photo: Maureen Bathgate/OxfamAUS
Contributing to long-term development
Poor people can take control, solve their own problems, and rely on themselves - with the right support. We fund long-term projects around the world and work in a range of areas, from water and sanitation to education and health, to bring about positive change in people's lives. This work is done in partnership with local partner organisations so we can enact change at a grassroots level.
Responding to emergencies
People need help in an emergency - fast. We save lives, swiftly delivering aid, support and protection; and we help people prepare for future crises. Right now, we're responding to these emergencies. All of our work seeks one overall outcome: to bring about positive change in the lives of people living in poverty. Oxfam Australia would also like to thank Ritchies management for their recent generous donation of $50,000 AUD to our Haiti Earthquake appeal.
We believe that respect for human rights will help lift people out of poverty and injustice, allow them to assert their dignity and bring about sustainable development. Our work is guided by four goals:
1. Economic Justice - We support people to make a decent living, leading dignified lives free from poverty and hunger.
2. Essential Services - We help people to access clean water, healthcare, education and sanitation.
3. Rights in crisis - We support people to live safe from war, violence and natural disaster.
4. Gender Justice - We support women and men to enjoy equal rights, and live free from violence and discrimination.
Click here to download the Thank You PDF file.
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