Who is Oxfam?
Oxfam is a worldwide development agency dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. We are striving to achieve a vision of a safer, fairer, more sustainable world where all people can enjoy a life of hope and opportunity. We believe we can all play a part in fighting poverty; each and every one of us can do something to make a difference.
Oxfam New Zealand works in the Pacific and Southeast Asia working with communities to tackle the root causes of poverty. We help people to access safe water and sanitation, to build a sustainable livelihood, to provide education for their children and to live free from persecution and violence. We also respond rapidly to emergencies, helping keep survivors alive by supplying clean water and life-saving essentials.
Oxfam also recognises that long-term change requires more than just supporting people on the ground – we also need political change. So we campaign to challenge the structures and powers that trap people in poverty – to end it for good.
Why do we do what we do?
I am so proud of Oxfam’s work. I am inspired by the way we tackle the hard and complex problems, how we value local leadership in the countries we work, how we live our values based kaupapa – Courage, Justice and Connectedness. I am motivated by the marvellous people I work alongside, both here in Aotearoa/NZ as well as our awesome colleagues in the Pacific. Lastly, I feel humbled to have the trust of so many supporters who support Oxfam to challenge injustice and poverty around the world.
Rachael Le Mesurier, Executive Director of Oxfam NZ