You can still help people facing the Coronavirus all over the world, from your own home. We have put together a few ideas – from homeschooling help, to fundraising challenges you can do from home.
1. Home learning inspiration for a locked down world
For years, Oxfam’s Education team have been working with teachers and children – to produce learning resources which support Global Citizenship classes. These resources help pupils understand their world and how to make a positive difference in it.
Whether you are a parent or carer looking for creative ideas during lockdown, or a teacher – we have something for you!
2. Knit for Oxfam
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If you’re a dab hand with a set of needles, you could turn your lockdown pastime into a better future for people in poverty. When our shops are open once again, all donations will be really welcome to help us raise vital funds.
Jumpers, cardies and scarves can all be sold in our high street shops.
Colourful blankets (6ft by 4ft) are especially popular in our festival shop, selling for anything up to £35. That’s enough to provide clean water for 60 people in an emergency.
3. Brave a BuzzCut
Oxfam staffers Bekki and Keir both need a haircut, but with hairdressers and barbers shut they’ve taken the plunge with a BuzzCut challenge – to cut their own hair (badly) during the lockdown and raise money for Oxfam.
“If you could donate the value of the coffee you couldn’t buy today… or the haircut that (like us) you’ll need to do yourself… it will help Oxfam deliver soap, clean water and sanitation services such as handwashing facilities to keep more families safe.”
They’re joining celebrities and people around the world who are doing their own stay at home haircuts, shaving their heads entirely as part of the #BuzzCut trend. You can follow their progress and maybe feel inspired to join in!
4. Make do and mend
As we’re all finding new indoorsy ways to entertain ourselves, lots of people are getting crafty. Our sustainable fashion blog has lots of great upcycling ideas to make your clothes last longer, like this simple way to upcycle a hole in your jeans.
If you’re a whizz with a sewing machine or handy with a glue gun, we’d love to hear your upcycling tips and tricks on Instagram, tag us @oxfamgb and we might share your creations.
5. Get moving for Oxfam
Beki works in our challenge events fundraising team and when she heard the London Marathon was postponed she decided to take on a challenge of her own.
“I now find myself pretty free between the 21st and 26th April, when I would have been in London, cheering and motivating our runners across the finish line. So to stand in solidarity with #TeamOxfam, I will be running the London Marathon… sort of.
Between the 21st and 26th April, I will run the distance of London Marathon (26.2 miles) and log my mileage on Strava.”
Find out why this feels like a difficult challenge for Beki, and maybe get some inspiration to run your own marathon, on Beki’s justgiving page.
6. Cycle for change
Inspired by the incredible tandem team Cat and Raz who cycled round the world to raise money for Oxfam and MND, we’ve launched a new challenge this April – A one month cycling event that makes a difference to your health and well-being whilst making difference to people living in poverty around the world. You choose a distance to cycle throughout April and fundraise (a minimum target of £50) to help bring change to people around the world.
7. Be a home activist!
This week, leaders from the richest countries meet to discuss how the world should respond to the crisis, and specifically help developing countries deal with its impacts. Cancelling the debt of the world’s poorest countries is already being considered by the G20 – we need to send a message that the world can’t wait.
Join us, and thousands of other campaigners around the world in calling for G20 leaders to #CancelTheDebt and help fight COVID-19 in the world’s poorest countries.
Share this message with Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Twitter.
8. Charity Bake-off
Our Web Editor, Sophie, woke up early (by accident) and made soda bread hot cross buns. This tasty bun below is presented on a plate bought from the Oxfam Superstore in Oxford. “It’s a bit difficult to sell them to raise money, so if you’d like to make a donation for the recipe please do!” she says.
Soda bread hot cross buns (recipe adapted from sneakyveg):
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 cups (or small mugs) white flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 cup mixed dried fruit (hello back of the cupboard unused packet or dried mixed fruit meant for mince pies never made)
For the cross
2 tbsp plain white flour
pro tip: mix the flour and water to make a paste and put the cross on carefully using a teaspoon halfway through baking
Combine all the ingredients and cook on a greased baking tray for 25 minutes at 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6.