Make a difference to someone’s life this Eid

Make a difference to someone

This Eid, Oxfam is offering British Asians an opportunity to purchase a gift that will help to make a real difference to the lives of men, women and children living in South Asia. Eid is traditionally a time for giving and sharing and through Oxfam Unwrapped, a gift can be purchased which can help to fight poverty and suffering at the same time.

Oxfam Unwrapped offers gifts that have been identified by the people that Oxfam works with around the world. They have told Oxfam what gifts they need to make the biggest difference in working themselves out of poverty. Gifts include items such as fertiliser, seeds, toilets and helping to fund public health awareness training sessions. More than 1.2 million gifts have been bought since Oxfam Unwrapped launched in 2004, supporting people in 47 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

In the flood-prone area of Jhang, Pakistan, goats were purchased from Oxfam Unwrapped and were distributed to women looking after families with few other resources. Frequent flooding means that crop growing is difficult and diets are often limited to sugar cane, which is resistant to flooding. The market is up to a four-hour walk away and in some cases also involves a boat trip. Thanks to Oxfam Unwrapped goats, there is now a valuable ‘insurance policy’ for women in poverty.

Haneefa Bibi, a 50-year-old widow from Bastu Seedan village in Jhang, was living hand to mouth before she received goats from Oxfam Unwrapped. Now she is able to sell their milk at market and make money for her family. Speaking about the difference that this has made to her family she said: “Now we have money to give our sons, to buy books and other facilities for them to attend school.”

Oxfam Unwrapped’s project co-ordinator Iram Yasin said: “Oxfam recognises that Eid is a festival that is about celebrating with family and one that is also about giving to other people. It is for this reason that we would like people to seriously consider buying an Eid gift from Oxfam Unwrapped. These gifts can help us to continue to do the invaluable work that we have been doing in South Asia since 1951 – helping communities to overcome poverty and suffering.”

When an Oxfam Unwrapped gift is purchased, as well as the knowledge that your gift is helping to fight poverty and suffering you receive a card with a gift description, showing how your gift can help and a fridge magnet. Gifts can be purchased online at, through the Oxfam Unwrapped catalogue or from your local Oxfam shop.

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