Monday, 25 April 2011

that's My World, ABC Wednesday, O for Oxfam


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A shop in Cirencester, UK.

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For my birthday (4th December) I got a bag filled with articles from one of the Oxfam shops in the Netherlands. There was coffee,tea, rice, jam, chutney, sweets and more delicious things. I've always bought something from Oxfam or Unicef for my children and grandchildren on birthdays. But... I still didn't know the history of Oxfam, so I looked it up in Wikipedia!

Oxfam International is an international confederation of 14 organisations working with over 3,000 partners in around 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Oxfam was originally founded in Oxford in 1942 as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief by a group of Quakers, social activists, and Oxford academics; this is now Oxfam Great Britain, still based in Oxford, UK.

Oxfam has numerous shops all over the world, which sell many fair-trade and donated items. They opened their first charity shop in 1948. The proceeds from these usually get paid to different charities or are used to further Oxfam's relief efforts around the globe. Much of their stock still comes from public donations but they currently also sell fair trade products from developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America, including handcrafts, books, music CDs and instruments, clothing, toys, food and ethnic creations. These objects are brought to the public through fair trade to help boost the quality of life of their producers and surrounding communities.



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36 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

GREAT group. Glad you brought it up.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

ladyfi said...

Oh, I loved shopping in Oxfam when I lived in the UK. They also had a good veggie restaurant.

Sylvia K said...

I would love to shop there! What a great looking place! And a belated Happy Birthday, Wil! May you enjoy many more and with lots more goodies from Oxfam!! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Marina said...

Ηappy Easter dear friend!!! I've sent you an e-card but I don't know if it was delivered because my P-C suddenly colapsed!!! Anyway...I wish you health and love, happiness and welfare!!!

Al said...

That looks like a great place - a classic English street! I love your windmill photo, classic Holland, bringing back some old, good memories.

EG Wow said...

Interesting post, Wil. I knew about Oxfam's work but I had no idea that it goes back to 1942 and its charity shops to 1948!

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, how wonderful, Wil. I haven't heard of Oxfam for years. Thanks for sharing this.
All best belated wishes for your birthday, my friend!
Luv, K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

zeal4adventure said...

Interesting cause although I've never heard of this group before. Every year we purchase our corporate Christmas cards from Unicef so we can contribute to their cause.

Emille said...

Didn't know about Oxfam:) Happy belated birthday, Wil!

anthonynorth said...

And they do an excellent job. A most worthy post.

Arkansas Patti said...

That looks like a great place to shop and you could feel good about spending your money knowing it would help.
Thanks for stopping by. I do wish I could share some of my rain. We had a drought last year so maybe yours will be ending soon also.

Carver said...

Great choice for O today. They do such good work.

*Honest Abe said...

Good information, Wil. Now I will have to look them up and see what I can get. I miss, so much, some of the "Chinese" dishes I got in "Japan." That makes it tough to figure out what to look for in stores here that sell Japanese food.

Paula Scott said...

ooooo! I love that bag from the shop in Oxfam. Always interesting and informative here. I learn about places I never would have otherwise.

Joe Todd said...

Great post. I had never heard of Oxfam so I did a little research. Quite an organization... Thanks

kris... said...

What an intriguing place.

VioletSky said...

We don't have Oxfam shops in Canada (at least not where I am) but I enjoy shopping there when I am in the UK.

photowannabe said...

Bravo for the work that Oxfam does. I have never seen a shop devoted to it though. Would love to shop there. Thanks for all the information too. I wasn't aware of its beginnings.

Gigi Ann said...

I guess I am one of the few that never heard of OxFam before. It sounds like a fine place to visit.

Joyful said...

Looks like some wonderful gifts and I'd love to shop in that quaint little shop.

Tammy said...

Looks like a neat shop. I'd love to go in and have a look around.

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderful post. I've heard of Oxfam but didn't realize the extent to which they respond to the world.

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Dinah said...

Thanks for this post and a background on your place ;-)

O is Overcrowded

chubskulit said...

Oh so beautiful!

A Splash of Orange made my ABC this week, come and see. Thank you!

Kay said...

Oxfam is one of the charities we contribute to. Thank you for this history. That sounds like a great shop to visit. Happy Birthday ahead of time, Wil! :-)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That's interesting. It sounds like a nice place to shop for unusual items.

Rosey said...

Even if it is a bit late, Happy Birthday to you!
I think the Oxfam sounds delightful!
If you are going to spend money, it might as well go to help a good cause.

Denise said...

A wonderful organization. Enjoyed looking at your photos and catching up today. A belated Happy Birthday! Looks like it was a great one.

Gattina said...

I first saw Oxfam shops in England, now they slowly start in Belgium too, I think it's a very good invention !

Ms. Burrito said...

I am getting addicted with this blogging hobby, I get to see beautiful places and learn interesting things. Very nice O you have here..

Mind lOOking at my O entry?, have a nice day!

Vicki Lane said...

A great organization. I've been a supporter for many years.

jabblog said...

I think most towns have an Oxfam shop now. They have improved greatly over the years.
I love your header - what a peaceful, delightful scene.

Dutchbaby said...

Thank you for telling us about this worthwhile organization. There don't appear to be Oxfam stores in the US.

Happy belated birthday!

artswebshow.com said...

Oxfam is an amazing charity.
If i actually bought more than i needed i would definitely donate.
As it is everything i own has a purpose. lol

Barbara Martin said...

Grand photo of the shops! I wonder what they sell there.