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Oxfam Japan Charity Profile
Oxfam International was founded in 1995, formed by a group of like-minded independent non-government organizations who wanted to work together internationally to reduce the devastating impact of poverty through collaborative efforts. The name “Oxfam” comes from the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, founded in Britain during the Second World War in 1942. This group of Oxford citizens campaigned for grain ships to be sent through the allied naval blockade to provide relief for women and children in enemy-occupied Greece. As the situation in Europe improved, Oxfam’s attention shifted to the needs of people in developing countries.
The many branches of Oxfam are working to become part of a movement, which is capable of coordinating global responses to global issues. We are aiming to create ways of working and structures appropriate to global action in a complex and closely-knit world.
Oxfam believes that in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't a fact of life but rather an injustice which must be overcome. We believe that everyone is entitled to a life of dignity and opportunity.
We work with poor communities, local organizations, volunteers and supporters to make this a reality. Oxfam's goal is to achieve a world where every person is safe, healthy, skilled, and treated equally. Whether donating, fundraising, campaigning, volunteering, or working on the ground to implement project activities, Oxfam donors, supporters, staff, project partners and participants are working together to overcome poverty and injustice.
Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam seeks increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice are crucial to sustainable development. We strive to be a global campaigning force in promoting the awareness that comes with global citizenship while seeking to shift public opinion in order to make equality as high a priority as economic growth.
We seek to help people organize so that they may gain better access to the opportunities they need to improve their livelihoods and govern their own lives. We also work with people affected by humanitarian disasters with preventive measures, preparedness, and emergency relief.
Understanding the issues confronting the poor is linked to high-level research and lobbying aimed at changing international policies and practices in ways which would ensure that the poor have the rights, opportunities and resources they need to improve and control their lives.
Popular campaigning, alliance building and media work designed to raise awareness of real solutions to global poverty, enable and motivate people to play an active part in the movement for change, and foster a sense of global citizenship.
Oxfam Japan Volunteer Information
International Volunteer Group (IVG) is Oxfam Japan’s English-speaking volunteer group formed in December, 2007. It works to create awareness within Japan about issues Oxfam deals with and raises funds to support Oxfam's work. If you have some spare time and are interested, we'd love to have you on board.