Help STAMP out Poverty
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What do students from the Parkview Public School in Melville, Saskatchewan have in common with a store in Iqualuit, NWT, an insurance company in Ottawa, and a manufacturer based in Belleville, Ontario? They and hundreds of others are collecting used stamps and envelopes for OXFAM-Canada's Stamp Program. Even provincial premiers and a former prime minister have donated stamps to help stamp out poverty.
The following projects are examples of the kind of work that the Stamp Program supports. They were chosen by the volunteers in the stamp program from among those projects already approved by OXFAM-Canada's Program Committee.
Asia (Regional) Ending Violence
Against Women: $26,000 (2016)
Violence against women and girls is rising rapidly across Asia. 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 the women will experience physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their partners during their lifetime.This takes a huge toll, and it is fracturing families and communities and stalling development across the region. Despite considerable progress in many countries to establish policies and programs to end violence, implementation has been slow. This gap is largely the result of deeply entrenched cultural values, attitudes and practices that are rooted in gender stereotypes and perpetuate exploitation, discrimination and violence against women and girls. There is compelling evidence that the most effective counter-strategies will engage a broad range of social actors, as well as institutional and political leaders, with a view to reducing the social acceptance of violence.
This new flagship global program for Oxfam Canada, called “Creating Spaces”, aims to reduce violence against women and girls through coordinated prevention and response initiatives in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines. The total budget is $20M, including a $15M contribution from the Government of Canada and $5M from Oxfam. In the next 5 years 2016-2021 we will work with 18 local partner organizations, including women’s rights organizations, in each of the six countries to prevent violence by changing local norms and laws, responding to violence by providing women and girl survivors with services and economic opportunities, and strengthening collective efforts and learning across the region. The program will directly reach 245,000 women and girls across the six countries, have three main components:
In Cuba, housing is in very poor condition. There are few materials available to repair and construct housing and people looking for work are moving into the cities from the rural areas adding to the pressure to build housing in Havana.
OXFAM-Canada is working with several other Canadian non-governmental agencies to support partner groups in Cuba who are repairing and reconstructing housing in a Havana neighbourhood. The project helps develop local production of low-cost housing materials using available raw materials. The project includes a self-managed small fund for future repairs.
Partner agencies in Cuba include the Martin Luther King Jr. Centre and the Felix Valera Centre. Both are non-governmental organizations.
This community is still rebuilding after years of war and natural disasters. To meet the community's immediate needs of food supply, jobs and economic growth, the program will focus on the local fishing industry working on a small scale to prevent depletion of fish stocks.
Men and women receive appropriate training and equipment to support a community fishing effort. The program also provides vocational and management training so that their community organizations can undertake other development activities.
OXFAM-Canada is supporting the Zula Village Association and the Zula's Women's Unit to implement this program. Part of the program draws on Canadian expertise. Community workers from Eritrea attend the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. They also visit eastern Canadian communities involved in inshore fishing and people from these Canadian communities visit Zula.
Some of the other projects funded by the stamp program:
OXFAM-Canada, an international development agency, was founded in 1963. We work with partners to develop self-reliant and sustainable communities. One of the priorities is building strong, democratic organizations to ensure success and equity in overcoming poverty and powerlessness. We currently work with more than 125 such organizations in Africa and the Americas.
In Canada, OXFAM-Canada is involved in development education, public awareness, community development and fundraising. We also speak out on foreign aid issues including human rights and international financial and trade policy.
For more information on the stamp program or OXFAM-Canada, contact your local OXFAM-Canada office:
Oxfam Stamp Programme
39 McArthur Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1L 8L7
Telephone: (613) 237-5236
Fax: (613) 237-0524
Toronto Fundraising Office
210-410 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1S8
Telephone: (416) 535-2335
Fax: (416) 537-6435
Newfoundland and Labrador Office
382 Duckworth Street
St John's, NL A1C 1H8
Mailing Address: Box 5125
St. John's, NL A1C 5V5
Telephone: (709) 753-2202
Fax: (702) 753-4110
2099 Gottingen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3B2
Telephone: (902) 425-7677
Fax: (902) 425-7778
and Nunavut Office
416 21st Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C2
Telephone: (306) 242-4097
Fax: (306) 665-2128
British Columbia and Yukon Territory Office
201-343 Railway Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Telephone: (604) 736-7678
Fax: (604) 736-9646
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