Mail and eMail Bid Sale #23 is scheduled to close on 23 November 2018.
For over 35 years, OXFAM-Canada has been raising funds for overseas projects from its volunteer Stamp Program. Except for about $100 in expenses for producing and mailing this catalogue, all the money we raise from this auction will go to the project described below: “Creating Spaces to Take Action on Violence Against Women and Girls in Asia”. 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”.
Violence against women and girls in Asia creates a major barrier to education, mobility and economic development and is a violation of their rights. For this reason, Oxfam started this major project in 2016 and the Stamp Program has contributed $ 76,000 since then, thanks to your purchases. The project lasts five years and has a total budget of $20 million, $5 million of which will come from Oxfam Canada and the rest from the Government of Canada. In other words, our stamp contributions are matched on a 3:1 basis. “Creating Spaces” seeks to reduce violence and to end the prevalence of early and forced marriages in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines. According to the World Health Organization, women in these countries suffer from exceptionally high rates of violence and globally one in three will experience some form of violence in their intimate relations. Here are some of the results so far. In Bangladesh, Oxfam’s local partner made 23 recommendations which have been incorporated into the national law on ending child marriage. In India, community leaders have been mobilized, two support groups for women are active and a four year curriculum has been implemented for youth. In Indonesia, religious and traditional leaders are now engaged in dialogue about their role in ending child marriage. In Nepal, 180 Community Discussion Centres, comprising about 25 members each, have been formed to discuss ways of reducing child marriage within families. In Pakistan, the Islamic Ideology Council is now actively engaging community leaders and men and boys in ending child marriage and violence. In the Philippines, the program targets legislators and local leaders with the objective of establishing a minimum age for marriage in Muslim communities.
The $28,000 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. We also receive donations of older material from estates 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. We set a 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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