Bloggers Give Back / Stories of Hope #withoxfam

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As a travel & lifestyle blogger I find myself seeing some beautiful places and doing lots of wonderful things. I would count myself blessed, but sadly not everyone in this world is lucky enough to live the first world existence that most of us lead. There is hardship all around us, and even though those of us in the first world aren’t impervious to suffering, and poverty, there is a level of poverty many of us are lucky to have never experienced.

They say that hope is the last thing to die, and that couldn’t be more true than in the case of Buchumi, a Nyagurusu refugee camp resident in Tanzania. The story of Buchumi is one that I found especially compelling and I wanted to share it with you today.

Stories of Hope 

Buchumi who lives with his wife and children in the refugee camp used to be a teacher, before the fighting and unrest in his native Burundi led the schools to close down and his family to flee to a safer place.

Not being one to lose hope Buchumi has retrained as a tailor to earn a bit of money to be able to buy more food for his family. As the small portions provided at the camp are not enough to feed himself, his wife, and his children adequately.

Buchumi is thriving as a tailor and has said that he loves tailoring and would like to continue doing it. Being a tailor is a labour of love. You can create something beautiful out of nothing, but it takes training, tools, and equipment to do so. He is hopeful about the future and optimistic that with some improvements to his workshop he can continue his success.

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The problem

Sadly, the refugee camp they call home is now saturated with many more refugees from Burundi. One would think that the more people that are away from conflict the better, but sadly the camp that was originally set up to house Congolese refugees is now bursting at the seams.

There have been 3 additional refugee camps created, which is great news, but each of those camps needs improvement in their sanitation systems and needs to receive adequate emergency supplies.

The solution

I urge you to join me and please donate to Oxfam online. There are many ways that we can help and give back. You can give a one off donation, set up a monthly direct debit, or even donate your unwanted goods to an Oxfam charity shop to help bring in very necessary funding.

If you are following my KonMari decluttering series you will be pleased to know that at the end of the process I will donate all of the clothing, books, and miscellaneous items I collect to my local Oxfam charity shop. On top of that I will also be making a monetary donation.

Regular donations of as little as £2.50 can help make up to 500 litres of water safe, which is enough water to last a family of 4 an entire month! As little as £20 can help provide a person access to a composting toilet, which can help prevent the spread of disease. And with a donation of as little as £24 a month a family can learn to tend to their own allotment which in turn helps them eat.

We are all so blessed to not have to live in the levels of poverty that people like Buchumi live in, and by giving up 1 item on our shopping lists, or 1 coffee a month and donating those funds to Oxfam we can help make a massive difference in people’s lives.

collaborative post with Oxfam // image credit Amy Christian
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  • This is a good and positive post. It’s beneficial that if you can to give back and help those. Especially when a lot of these countries are producing items for us to buy.

  • What a great post – it is lovely to hear that Oxfam are really helping so many people in need.

  • Such a powerful post. I regularly donate to Oxfam, they do such wonderful things. Jo x

  • I love positive posts like this, it encourages others to do good too xx

  • What a postitive story, it’s nice to know where money goes x

  • It’s great to know what happens to donations! 🙂

  • So important to give back, in any way you can.

  • Hannah

    I love finding out where the donations go! O cam do such amazing work x

  • This is such a great post. I always love supporting Oxfam in any way that I can!

  • I love the stories of hope campaign, it really shows how vital the money is in helping people change their lives. Great post.

  • Such a vital campaign and one I hope they are successful in raising money for.

  • I love it when Charities show you how much help you can give and what it can do, it is amazing what they can do with such little amounts x

  • Love positive posts like this one, hope it encourages others to do good too x

  • I love stories like this. It is so positive and encouraging.

  • Such an inspiring story! Thanks for writing this!

  • I think Oxfam does great work, I love how they help and support people in the third world to get out of poverty

  • Such an amazing post! We send out a set donation every month to Oxfam and its lovely to see so many people working for the betterment of people and their living conditions!

  • Thanks for sharing this story. I think we all need to be aware that in parts of the world people have much harder lives and we could all easily just give a little to help them a lot.

  • I’ve been following some of the Oxfam campaigns and their work is so inspiring!

  • It’s great that you are helping to highlight such a worthwhile cause. We donate as often as we can 😉

  • hannah

    It’s great you are doing this, especially for a really good cause. All the best

  • I always donate my girls toys and clothes to charities. WE seem to go though so much stuff and it’s such good quality that I like to feel it gets passed on and helps at the same time

  • Great post for a great cause! It’s amazing how such a small donation can make such a big difference to their lives!

  • It’s amazing how much of a difference such a small amount of money can make.

  • I love the idea of giving something back we should all be doing this. A great incentive and inspiring post.