Oxfam America

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Oxfam empowers organizations of indigenous peoples and minorities, training their leaders and providing support as they work to make government and society just for all peoples. Oxfam trains leaders to build strong organizations that can articulate the problems in poor and excluded areas. Oxfam America has been working on development activities in Peru for more than 20 years, supporting the groups that have the least access to economic resources in the country. During this time, Oxfam has supported—in Peru and around the world—indigenous communities in the areas of bilingual education, productive projects, sustainable natural resource management, collective rights, and the preparation of local development plans.


"Oxfam" was the original postal abbreviation for the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, which was started in England during World War II to provide relief to war victims in Europe. In 1942, a group of Quaker intellectuals, social activists, and Oxford academics formed the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief in response to the plight of refugees in Greece. After the war, Oxfam (a name derived from its postal code abbreviation) continued its work, sending materials and financial aid to groups aiding the poor throughout Europe. As the situation in Europe improved, Oxfam's attention shifted to the needs of people in developing countries.

Twenty-eight years later, a group of volunteers founded Oxfam America in 1970 in response to the humanitarian crisis created by the fight for independence in Bangladesh. Oxfam America relies almost exclusively on private funding, with more than 225,000 individual donors. In 2006, at least 90% of funds designated by donors for humanitarian emergencies directly supported relief efforts for those emergencies.

Oxfam America
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