OXFAM Canada Stamp Programme

Mail and eMail Bid Sale #17 closed on 12 November 2015.


Welcome to the Oxfam Stamp Programme

Oxfam Mail Bid Sale #17: Overview

Collections and covers
Stamps and Lots
Post cards, Canada Post Products, Cancels and Miscellaneous

Bid sheet

Oxfam Canada Stamps and Covers
2015 Price List and Order Form

Oxfam Canada Stamps and Covers Specials

News

Help Stamp Out Poverty

Mail and eMail Bid Sale #17 closed on 12 November 2015. 


About OXFAM-Canada’s Stamp Program:

For over 30 years, OXFAM-Canada has been raising funds for overseas projects from its volunteer stamp program, primarily from mail order sales, auctions and stamp shows such as Orapex. This type of sale is an opportunity to give wide visibility to unusual or “one of a kind” material that we have received. All the money from this auction will go to self-help projects in the Third World, except for about $100 in expenses for producing and mailing this catalogue.  

Last year, we raised $18,000 bringing our total to over $320,000. We are supporting two projects with the funds we raised in 2014.  In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Youth for Today and Tomorrow is a local partner organization working to reduce the vulnerability of girls and young women.to AIDS. This is a 4 year program, and between April & December 2015, they will use the stamp funds to provide a mentoring, HIV and sexual health information, run awareness campaigns, and support access to HIV health services. This preventative program aims to overcome some of the discrimination and cultural traditions that put girls at risk. In three rural municipalities in eastern Cuba, we support a Women’s Empowerment Fund that hopes to reach 600 women and 300 men. The Fund will sponsor training, workshops, and other community events to raise awareness of violence against women; as well as a mediation centre in partnership with the National Union of Jurists.  We also intend to strengthen and monitor 17 economic initiatives led by rural women. For more details and a complete list of all 39 projects supported by the Stamp Program in 19 countries since 1984, visit www.oxfam.ca and follow the links from: “what you can do” to: “Help Stamp Out Hunger”.

$18,000 might seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the scale of the problems of poverty, disease and injustice around the world. We believe, though, that every little step in the right direction can help. Moreover, our project funds are usually matched by governments or other donors. For example, every dollar spent on our project in Zimbabwe is being matched by $10 from Oxfam partners in other countries. In addition, our projects give priority to regions where the average per capita income may be less than $500 a year, and they are labour rather than capital intensive projects, in that the money flows directly to individuals through local organizations. The stamp program too is very labour intensive. Our most popular product is a kilo of stamps on paper. It takes a banker’s box of envelopes and many hours of work to produce just one kilo -- but in the process we find a lot of interesting covers and cancellations.

We depend entirely on donations - primarily of modern material from companies, organizations and individuals – so we are rescuing and recycling material that would otherwise be lost to the philatelic world. Occasionally we receive a donation of older material from an estate or a collector’s duplicates. We issue tax receipts for donations of philatelic material with an expected retail value of more than $100 (we set a minimum to ensure it is worthwhile for us to catalogue, appraise and keep track of the material).

For a complete list of all 30 projects supported by the Stamp Program in 15 countries since 1984, visit www.oxfam.ca and follow the links from: "what you can do" to: "Help Stamp Out Hunger".

Overview of Oxfam Mail Bid Sale #17 | Welcome to the Oxfam Stamp Programme | Collections and Covers
Stamps and Lots
| Post Cards, Canada Post Products, Cancels and Miscellaneous | Bid Sheet

For information about sending your donations for OXFAM Mail and eMail Bid Sale #18, please email: stamps@oxfam.ca
For more information about the design of this page, please contact Andrew Gondocz .