Oxfam @Queen’s is a campus group of Oxfam Canada, one of 17 Oxfam confederations around the world.
Oxfam is a development NGO (non-governmental organization) that works with partner organizations in developing countries. Oxfam functions upon three levels:
1) Awareness and advocacy – this aspect is what campus groups like Oxfam @ Queen’s focuses most heavily upon!
2) Humanitarian aid – this is quick aid, often in the form of food vouchers or cash distribution, that is distributed in the case of natural disasters such as floods, drought, or famine.
3) Long term development – this is the most important facet of Oxfam’s work. Oxfam always works with partner organizations established locally in the areas they work, as locals are usually more knowledgable about areas of need. Oxfam’s development model is rights-based as opposed to needs-based, meaning that Oxfam believes that if everyone’s rights are met they will be able to provide for themselves and meet their own needs.
To learn more about Oxfam and Oxfam Canada, please visit http://www.oxfam.ca/
Oxfam @ Queen’s
Oxfam at Queen’s is the largest Canadian campus group, and because of this we split our group into three campaigns:
1) Stop/Start – focused upon the intersection of women’s rights and climate change
2) Make Trade Fair (MTF) – focused upon raising awareness about Fair Trade and promoting Fair Trade on campus and in the Kingston community
3) Food Security – based off of Oxfam’s Grow campaign, focusing upon the broken global food system and issues of global and local food distribution. This blog is run by the members of Food Security!
Oxfam @ Queen’s also owns and runs a Fair Trade Co-op, selling Fair Trade certified chocolates, coffees, teas, and more! The Co-op is open Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-4:30 pm in the Walk-Home Booth in the Lower JDUC on the Queen’s University Campus.