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Redback’s 12 Days of Christmas

Another mouse pad, a bottle of wine – sigh!

For the fifth year running we’ve decided to skip the small presents and replace them with something that really counts. This Christmas, we are taking part in Oxfam Unwrapped where we make a series of donations on your behalf. Join us as we unwrap some pretty awesome gifts over the next 12 days!

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A Goat| The 1st Day of Christmas

Goats can play an important role for people living in rural communities in Mozambique. They provide manure to help grow crops and produce baby goats that can be sold for an income. Goats are distributed to vulnerable families because they are easy to raise and take care of. Oxfam Australia also provides training in keeping, vaccinating and de-worming the animals.

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Lessons for Young Locals | The 2nd Day of Christmas

In Vanuatu, young unemployed people need to learn skills so they can get a job and improve their self-esteem. Oxfam supports three youth centres in Vanuatu’s main towns, Port Vila and Luganville, to offer informal classes, workshops and activities, like guitar and dance lessons, nutrition, sewing, agriculture and futsal to young people in the community.

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Pig Manure| The 3rd Day of Christmas

Pigs are an extraordinary friend to a family trying to break free from the cycle of poverty. In Vietnam, Oxfam is supporting an innovative project that turns methane gas from pig manure into energy for households and schools, which cuts down on pollution and provides local people with jobs.

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A Goat Couple | The 4th Day of Christmas

Goats can play an important role for people living in rural communities in Mozambique. They provide manure to help grow crops and produce baby goats that can be sold for an income. Goats are distributed to vulnerable families because they are easy to raise and take care of. Oxfam Australia also provides training in keeping, vaccinating and de-worming the animals.

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A Food Basket | The 5th Day of Christmas

Without direct access to markets, or the skills and knowledge needed to negotiate a fair price, Sri Lankan farmers are often ripped off. Their produce is bought at a low price and sold at prices too expensive for poor families. Oxfam brings farmers together so they can sell their produce directly to families and everyone gets a fair price.

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Seeds | The 6th Day of Christmas

India is among the most disaster-prone countries in the world and each year disasters cause thousands to flee their home, with the consequence being that some people are living in absolute poverty, without basic human necessities. Oxfam is working in these vulnerable areas to help communities prepare for disasters and improve food security. For example, we provide seeds and training for families to grow their own nutritious food so they can eat healthily and can sell leftover produce at market.

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Climate Change | The 7th Day of Christmas

The people of Vanuatu are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Together with local partners, Oxfam is working to support the most vulernable communities to plan and work together to prepare for disasters like the recent Tropical Cyclone Pam, adapt to the impacts of climate change and improve their wellbeing.

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A Veggie Garden | The 8th Day of Christmas

In Zimbabwe, Oxfam provides seeds and training to help people grow a variety of vegetables to improve their nutrition and diversify the foods that families eat. The fresh vegetables help to make sure that families eat healthily and have ample vegetables that they can sell to earn a small income as well.

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A Chicken | The 9th Day of Christmas

Chickens are helping families in Mozambique earn a living. Oxfam Australia works to increase access to food in Mozambique by providing families with the initial training, support and livestock to raise chickens. Households can then eat the eggs and sell chickens and eggs at the market to earn money.

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Women’s Empowerment | The 10th Day of Christmas

Since its beginning, Oxfam Australia’s Straight Talk program has brought together hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across the nation to learn about Australia’s political system and form powerful networks with each other and women of Federal Parliament. At its core, Straight Talk connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with the political system and develops the skills of women as change makers within their own community.

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Fair Trade Education | The 11th Day of Christmas

Fair Trade is a global movement that empowers disadvantaged communities by paying them fair and stable prices for their work, helping them develop skills to run a sustainable business and giving them access to world markets. Oxfam is an active and vocal participant in the movement, supporting producer groups around the world.

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A Safe Refuge for Women| The 12th Day of Christmas

The threat of violence is a daily reality for many women and girls living in Papua New Guinea. Here, violence against women is very common and is considered part of life. Oxfam is working to change this by providing women and girls who are threatened by violence with crisis accommodation, legal advice, counselling and access to healthcare services.

Looking to get into the spirit? Take a look at what The Redback Family got up to last Christmas!

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