From Academic Kids
Oxfam opened the first charity shop in Britain in Broad Street, Oxford in 1947. Today it operates approximately 800 shops through Britain as well as a number in other countries. Over 70 of the organization's shops in the UK are specialist Oxfam Bookshops, making them the largest retailer of second-hand books in the United Kingdom.
Oxfam also organizes the annual Red Nose Day in the UK, in which red clown noses are offered to the public for a donation.
Though Oxfam's initial concern was the provision of food to relieve famine the charity has, over the years, developed strategies against the causes of famine. In addition to food and medicine Oxfam also provides tools to enable people to become self-supporting and opens markets of international trade where crafts and produce from poorer regions of the world can be sold at a fair price to benefit the producer.
Oxfam today, in addition to traditional famine relief, works on these issues:
- International trade
- Debt and aid
- Gender equality
- Conflict and natural disasters
- Democracy and human rights
- Oxfam Home Page (http://www.oxfam.org.uk/)
- Oxfam International (http://www.oxfam.org/)
- Oxfam Fairtrade (http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_we_do/fairtrade/index.htm)
- Oxfam Make Trade Fair campaign (http://www.maketradefair.com/)
- Oxfam Australia Home Page (http://www.oxfam.org.au/)
- Oxfam New Zealand Home Page (http://www.oxfam.org.nz/)
- Oxfam-Solidarity (french and dutch) (http://www.oxfamsol.be/)