Oxjam is a festival like no other. It’s a new type of festival.
Not only is it the UK’s largest grassroots music festival, it’s also dedicated to eradicating poverty around the world, with all money raised going to Oxfam. Now that’s something we can all get behind.
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t inevitable. Since the Festival’s inception more than 60,000 musicians have played to an audience of 1.5 million people, raising £2.8 million to support Oxfam’s vital work.
By supporting Oxjam then, you are also supporting your community and your local independent music venues, you’re providing a platform for up and coming musical talent and you are raising money to fight poverty worldwide.
Here are the three main ways in which Oxfam works.
When disaster strikes Oxfam’s priority is to start saving lives, then to help people come back stronger.
We make sure people can get clean water to drink and decent sanitation. We provide help for people to get food and the essentials they need to survive and ensure the most vulnerable are kept safe from harm.
We support them in being better prepared to cope with shocks and uncertainties and we help rebuild communities to come back stronger from disaster and to face the future on their own terms.
We work at grassroots level, promoting development, helping people to help themselves out of poverty – supporting their right to work and provide for their loved ones.
Advancing women’s rights and building fair livelihoods – these are the most effective ways to end poverty.
Because when there’s clean running water. When communities rebuild stronger after a crisis. When people can provide for their families. When women have a chance to live free from discrimination. When girls have the chance to gain an education. When we challenge the systems that keep people poor. When we work for a more equal and sustainable world. That’s when we will end the injustice of poverty for everyone.
From Downing Street to the World Bank, we make sure the voices of the world’s poorest people are heard loud and clear. We bring our passionate supporters together to take action on big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, climate change and hunger.
We challenge the systems and institutions that are the cause of the injustice of poverty, to ensure lasting change.
Every action is powerful – signing a petition, pressuring big business, marching on Westminster. When we speak as one, world leaders listen.