|Oxfam Mail Bid Sale #20: Overview|
Mail and eMail Bid Sale #20 will close on 2 June 2017.
About OXFAM-Canada’s Stamp Program:
For over 35 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 2016 we raised $22,000 from stamp sales. With these funds we are again supporting “Creating Spaces” Oxfam Canada’s flagship program in Asia to help reduce violence against women, a rapidly rising problem. 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 5 years from 2016-2021 this program will directly reach 245,000 women and girls. So far Oxfam and partners have conducted an in-depth baseline study into violence against women and girls, as well as child, early and forced marriage in selected target areas in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines. Traditional, community and religious leaders, teachers, media persons and government officials, as well as youth and adolescent groups participated, and household surveys were conducted with male and female members of the communities. They used Survey CTO, a mobile data collection tool that works on or offline, enables real-time monitoring, supports multiple languages and eliminates translation of collected data and uploads data instantly into a database and codes. The project also developed guidelines for ethical data collection, particularly important when working with women and girls who have experienced violence. These findings have been used to design and target specific activities and key influencers to work with in the communities, and Oxfam country teams are now beginning work with our 25 local partners in the selected areas.
The $22,000 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 have set a new higher minimum of $500 expected retail value to ensure it is worthwhile for us to appraise and keep track of the material.
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”.
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