who we work with: Oxfam
Oxfam is a global movement of people working towards a world without poverty. They work in 90 countries with communities determined to shape a better future for themselves. They also campaign for genuine, lasting change.
When an emergency hits, Oxfam is there. At any given time their teams are responding to an average of 25 emergencies worldwide. Once the crisis is over, they stay to help people rebuild their lives. The innocent foundation works with Oxfam to support their emergency relief efforts around the world.
Since 2014, the innocent foundation has given £400,000 towards 14 emergencies:
South Sudan: Fierce fighting in South Sudan forced more than a million people from their homes. They left their possessions, crops and livestock to escape and had no means to buy food, water and other essentials. The foundation donated £20,000 in April 2014 to help feed 2,000 refugees in Juba.
Malawi: In January 2015, southern Malawi was hit by extremely heavy rains, leading to severe flooding in over half the country. Over 275,000 people were affected and 110,000 were displaced. Many lost crops or livestock and some saw their houses collapse. Our £20,000 donation in January 2015 supported over 2,000 people with food during the crisis.
Liberia: The Ebola outbreak that swept across West Africa in 2014-15 was the biggest ever reported. There were more than 27,000 cases and over 11,000 people died. Thankfully, Liberia has since been declared Ebola free. During the crisis, districts were cordoned off to prevent the spread of the disease, preventing the import or export of food. Markets dried up and farmers were unable to sell their crops. In January 2015, the innocent foundation donated £50,000 to help nearly 6,000 farmers facing extreme food insecurity.
Yemen: Yemen is currently experiencing a crisis almost completely forgotten by the rest of the world. As a result of internal conflict and economic factors, nearly half the population - 10 million Yemenis - are struggling to put enough food on the table. In March 2015, the innocent foundation donated £20,000 to provide 600 vulnerable families with a month of supplies.
Vanuatu: In March 2015 Cyclone Pam, a massive category five cyclone, caused widespread destruction across the small Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. More than 180,000 people were affected across 22 islands. An estimated 15,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, 96% of food stocks were damaged and the water supply of 110,000 people was disrupted, destroyed or contaminated. The innocent foundation immediately donated £50,000 to help feed those impacted.
Nepal: The people of Nepal were hit by a devastating earthquake in April 2015, followed by a series of powerful aftershocks. Over 8,700 people lost their lives, and almost 800,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. 8 million people across the country are affected by the disaster, and 2.8 million of them are homeless and living in makeshift shelters. The innocent foundation donated £50,000 to provide food aid to those affected.
Syria: since we last donated to Syria in May 2013, the ongoing conflict has further reduced the availability of food and increased prices, leaving 9 million Syrians in desperate need of food assistance. In a survey conducted by Oxfam in early 2015, 82% of Syrians reported reducing the number of meals they ate each day as they didn’t have enough food. In September 2015, the innocent foundation made a donation of £25,000 to support Oxfam's efforts for those living in war-torn Syria. Our support will provide food kits to over 4,000 people in Syria to help with their food needs for one month.
Ethiopia: Ethiopia is experiencing a serious drought as a consequence of the 2015 El Niño and the increasing impact of climate change. Three consecutive rains have failed. More than 80% of the population depends on agriculture which makes them vulnerable to drought and changes in weather pattern, and while almost 8 million people will receive help from the Ethiopian government, funding was urgently needed to reach an additional 10.2 million people. In November 2015, the innocent foundation donated £25,000 which enabled Oxfam to run a ‘Cash for Work’ programme for 500 vulnerable households in Shinile. This helped families buy the food they needed.
Burundi: Fear of violence and intimidation is forcing thousands of people to flee their homes in Burundi. Tanzania is hosting over 110,000 Burundians in refugee camps, and more refugees are arriving every day. The innocent foundation donated £25,000 in February 2016 so that Oxfam can carry out market assessments for Nduta and Nyaragusu Camp markets to assess food insecurity and then complete a cash transfer project to help 1,000 families.
Zimbabwe: A state of disaster was declared in Zimbabwe in February 2016 due to a slow-onset drought cause by the El Niño effect. 95% of the country has received rainfall far below average, and erratic rains have impacted on food security and livestock conditions. Up to 4.5m will need food aid by the peak of the 2016/17 lean season when what little food and water there is now will be running even lower. The innocent foundation donated £25,000 so that Oxfam could provide 940 vulnerable households in the Matobo district with cash transfers or direct food provision.
Niger: Ranked last globally in the UN’s Human Development Index, Niger routinely experiences malnutrition rates that exceed emergency levels. The situation has worsened since 2014 as Boko Haram attacks in Northern Nigeria have forced thousands to flee north into Niger. There are now 280,000 displaced people living in two refugee camps and 45 informal sites around Diffa. Ongoing attacks force civilians to move frequently seeking safety. It’s a crisis almost unnoticed by the rest of the world – but we’re there to help. We gave £25,000 in August 2016 so that Oxfam could provide food baskets to 2,300 vulnerable people to ensure that they can eat well for a month.
Haiti: Haiti is the worst affected amongst the 4 countries racked by Hurricane Matthew that struck southwestern Haiti on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, causing widespread damage to public infrastructure, community centres, houses and livelihoods. 2,128,708 people have been affected and 1,410,907 people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 700,000 in need of immediate food assistance. The hurricane has resulted in the loss of 80% of the harvest and the death of numerous livestock, therefore food security and malnutrition will be a serious concern in the short and medium term. We gave £25,000 to start a cash for work programme employing up to 165 women and men to rebuild the local community bakery helping to provide a sustainable source of food and livelihoods for hurricane-affected communities.
Yemen: In March 2015, there was a significant escalation in a conflict which had been going on for some months, with the start of heavy airstrikes across much of Yemen. Around 60% of the population were already reliant on aid and this escalation resulted in food and fuel shortages, hastening Yemen’s descent into a worsening humanitarian crisis. At least 3.2 million people are now internally displaced. Some of these families are being hosted in schools acting as temporary camps, but many are relying on host communities in safer areas to open up their homes. Those who are able have now fled to nearby countries. Over 11,000 civilians have been killed or injured. We gave £25,000 in December 2016 so that Oxfam could provide food baskets to 630 vulnerable people to ensure that they can eat well for a month.
Nigeria: A violent seven-year conflict originating in North Eastern Nigeria has intensified in the last three years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Across the Lake Chad Basin countries, 20 million people are affected by the crisis and nearly 11 million are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Over 2.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and protection. In June 2016 we gave £25,000 to provide 600 newly arrived families (approx 4200 individuals) in Gwoza unconditional cash transfers to meet their food and basic needs for 1 month.