OXFAM Canada Stamp Programme

Mail and eMail Bid Sale #19 will close on 25 November 2016.


Welcome to the Oxfam Stamp Programme

Oxfam Mail Bid Sale #19: Overview

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

Bid sheet

Oxfam Canada Stamps and Covers
2016 Price List and Order Form

Oxfam Canada Stamps and Covers Specials

News

Help Stamp Out Poverty

Mail and eMail Bid Sale #19 will close on 25 November 2016.


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.  

In 2015 we raised $26,000 from stamp sales. With these funds we are supporting Oxfam Canada’s new  “flagship” program in Asia to help reduce violence against women, which is rising rapidly. According to a 2013 study by the World Health Organization, nearly 38% of women in South and South-East Asia have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence.  In Bangladesh, more than half of women will experience physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their partners during their lifetime.  This fractures families and communities and stalls development across the region.  Despite considerable progress in many countries to establish policies and programs to end violence, implementation has been slow.

The total program budget is $20M, including a $15M contribution from the Government of Canada and $5M from Oxfam, so stamp funds are matched 3:1.  In the next 5 years 2016-2021 this program will directly reach 245,000 women and girls in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines, through 18 local partner organizations. For more details and a complete list of all 40 projects supported by the Stamp Program in 24 countries since 1984, visit www.oxfam.ca and follow the links from: “what you can do” to: “Help Stamp Out Hunger”.

The $26,000 we raised last year 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. Our projects give priority to regions where the average per capita income may be less than $500 a year. They are labour- intensive rather than capital-intensive projects, in that the money flows directly to local organizations who work to change people’s attitudes and actions.

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. . Once the stamps are sold, we can issue tax receipts for larger donations of philatelic material, but this involves some administrative work on our part. For this reason we set a minimum of $100 retail value to ensure it is worthwhile for us to 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 #19 | 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 #20, please email: stamps@oxfam.ca
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