Christmas usually signifies a happy time where families come together and exchange gifts. This year, more than ever before, I’ve been thinking about how this isn’t always the case. For many reasons, Christmas isn’t the most wonderful time of year for everyone and today we’d like to put spotlight on some that are less fortunate than us.
2015 has been a great year, especially for us. I, myself, have been through a lot and am struggling to get into the Christmas spirit. Having lost somebody earlier this year, Christmas is going to be particuarly tough this year. Although it’s perfectly natural to feel this way, I feel the need to remind myself that others have it much worse than I do.
In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot about how Christmas can be the worst time of year for some people. With such a huge focus on presents, there is an enormous amount of pressure on poorer families to deliver extravagant goods. During a period which signifies families coming together, people who aren’t close with theirs are reminded of this fact. Some people can’t go home because their family won’t accept them (LGBT+ folk) and Christmas isn’t much to celebrate, when you’re living in poverty. So when you come across somebody, like myself, who doesn’t particuarly enjoy Christmas, please be mindful of that. Don’t be quick to judge and call them a Grinch, their mental health might have seriously taken a toll.
With my current state of mind, and uncertainty surrounding whether all of our readers celebrate Christmas, I’ve decided to talk about Oxfam today.
It’s easy to take everyday essentials for granted when you live in an advanced Western world. Necessities like clean water and food are within easy reach to us, but the reality is they’re not so easy to obtain for everyone else.
In third world countries, 1,400 children are dying every day due to diarrhoea. Something as simple as clean water and soap can prevent this happening and save lives. Oxfam Unwrapped are changing lives around the world with their gifts. From a ‘Goat’ gift in Malawi to a ‘Safe water’ gift in Cambodia, these gifts can make a big difference.
Last year, 1.25 million people benefited from Oxfam’s work as they improved their sanitation facilities and reduced the spread of disease. In addition to that, health promotion activities such as training for children about washing their hands has dramatically transformed the people of Ouallum Province lives including Binta and her family.
“Today my little girl is well. I’m really pleased with what I learned about hygiene and nutrition. I learned to wash my child, to wash her hands every day. The conditions here have really improved. I’m able to work again.” – Binta Boukary.
How can I help and get involved with Oxfam Unwrapped?
You can help raise awareness by sharing this post or you can buy the gift of some soap. A soap gift is just £5 and contributions also go towards helping the Oxfam water aid project which helps provide safe clean water for all. As well as soap, there various unwrapped gifts to choose from:
Merry Christmas, Zusters! xo