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2022 Budget Reaction: Big Hearts Connected World

“We are disappointed that, once again, this government has not increased its contribution to global efforts to halt the fall of families across the world into extreme poverty”

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Open letter – It’s critical that New Zealand increases its overseas aid budget

The directors and chief executives of 10 charitable organisations in Aotearoa recently submitted an open letter to Ministers Mahuta and Robertson, calling for an increase in our country’s overseas aid budget.

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New Zealand’s climate finance lifeline not enough to reach frontline countries – Oxfam

New Zealand’s overseas climate finance is a lifeline to many of the world’s poorest countries and communities on the frontlines of climate change, but the …

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Breaking: updated analysis shows New Zealand is not contributing its fair share of funding to support communities on the frontlines of climate change. Though per person, we're now contributing more than Australia and the US, those aren't very high bars to go from! In 2017-2018, New Zealand's support for climate vulnerable communities was just USD 7 per person each year. If you think we can do better, sign the petition calling on the government to double it: www.bighearts.org.nz/action⁠

To read more about Oxfam's analysis, visit: https://bit.ly/3m0yy31

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We look forward to working with Jacinda Ardern and her government over the next 3 years. Will she help New Zealand stand with the world by boosting overseas aid? It's been 50 years since NZ promised to reach a global target for aid levels. Read our open letter to the new government at the Link in our bio. ...

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People in politics have for years failed to deliver on New Zealand’s promise to do our bit for the global community. Now is the moment to stand with the world and face global challenges together by boosting New Zealand’s overseas aid and climate action. #bigheartsnz⁠
Sign the petition at www.bighearts.org.nz

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Hygiene kit distribution activities conducted by staff from Oxfam's Taiz office on 28th March 2020.

The hygiene kits were distributed at Albatra, Alkoba and Alkehaf Internally Displaced People (IDP) Camps. Oxfam procured 9900 kits with total amount of USD 187,873.94 (almost USD 19 for each kit) and as of 30th March 2020 have distributed 4374 kits for 2187 households in Taiz (2 hygiene kits per house hold) #bigheartsnz


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"Everyday life is not easy. We don't have enough to eat, I have to ration the lunch if I want something left to eat in the evening. There is no firewood and I am afraid as a woman when I have to go get it in the bush, I do not feel safe. To survive, I try to do laundry in town with families, as I speak, we need everything, water, food, shelter.”

“With the rumour of the disease, our life has changed: markets are closed, and so is any place where we could find work. Barrier measures have changed our daily lives. We can no longer move around at random. To protect my family, we wash our hands regularly before doing anything else: cooking, eating, going to the toilet.”

“The disease has made our lives more difficult especially with regard to access to water. In order not to meet many people, we leave at dawn to go to the well. When there are a lot of people, we leave the cans at the well and return to the house.”

“We urgently need water and hygiene kits, dishes, kettles and soaps. If we’d be able to get these items, it would improve our daily lives.

“We are in the crossfire: behind us there are shootings, in front of us is the disease. How will we cope? I will be so glad when this illness ends.”

COVID-19 is the last straw for millions of people already struggling with the impacts of conflict, climate change, inequality and a broken food system that has impoverished millions of food producers and workers.

Since the pandemic began, Oxfam has reached 4.5 million of the world’s most vulnerable people with food aid and clean water, working together with over 344 partners across 62 countries. Please help us to continue this work by donating here: www.oxfam.org.nz/water #bigheartsnz

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50 years ago rich countries pledged at the UN to dedicate 0.7% of their gross national income to aid for low- and middle-income countries.⁠

In the five decades since, this promise has been kept by only a handful of countries (in 2019, only Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the UK). New Zealand is one of the countries that has not lived up to this promise - with just 0.3% of GNI going to overseas aid.⁠

"International aid is a critical tool in the fight against poverty and inequality yet most wealthy governments have been systemically defaulting on their aid commitments for decades. ⁠

This $8.5 trillion NZD debt is paid for by the 260 million children who are out of school, the half of humanity that lacks access to essential health services, and the 2 billion people who don’t have enough to eat.⁠

The coronavirus pandemic means international aid has never been more important - or more at risk." - Chema Vera, Interim Executive Director, Oxfam International⁠

Read our open letter to the new NZ government at link in bio.

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“I’m 23, I have 2 children, they are 2 and 5, a boy and a girl. I want them to go to school, to do well in school and get good jobs and live well. I dropped out of school and got married, I want my children to do better. With hindsight, I should have stayed at school. Poverty is when one is helpless. Poverty is when one doesn’t have enough food and you don’t have money to buy the food. Poverty is when you don’t have something to cover yourself. You don’t have the means to get what you want, to lead a normal life others are living, to me, that’s poverty. I have hope that one day we leave poverty behind.” - Christina, Ghana 🇬🇭 #bigheartsnz ...

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