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by Cheryl Goodenough

When you buy your loved one a gift from Oxfam Australia and Operation Uganda, you're bringing joy to the recipient of the present, as well as joy, and so much more, to people in Africa.

Oxfam Australia

Oxfam Australia works with people affected by HIV and AIDS around the world, helping them regain a sense of hope. Their work in Southern Africa includes training and supporting home-based carers who, with Oxfam's support, provide care to sick, elderly and orphaned people.

Oxfam believes that HIV and AIDS is more than a health issue. HIV and AIDS causes poverty and poverty fuels the HIV pandemic. HIV and AIDS affect millions of adult women and men whose work drives their countries' economies and services, and who care for the young and old.

To succeed in their mission to overcome poverty and suffering Oxfam strives to break the cycle of cause and effect that links HIV and AIDS and poverty.

Oxfam Australia works with local partners throughout Southern Africa, as well as other areas. Their approach includes:
  • Working with vulnerable people to help them protect themselves and reduce the impact of the epidemic on their lives;
  • Supporting programs that increase awareness about HIV and AIDS and address behaviours that put people at risk of infection;
  • Supporting treatment programs which provide care and support to people affected by HIV and AIDS;
  • Helping households and communities to survive and recover from the impacts of the epidemic through home-based care, and support for health, education and welfare systems; and
  • Campaigning at local, national, regional, and global levels to press governments and other donors to provide the $10 billion a year needed for universal HIV and AIDS prevention work, treatment and care.

"I am an orphan today, tomorrow and forever. I am left alone without a grandmother and a mother, taken by you, killer disease." The words of a South African child.

Support Oxfam Australia this Christmas

Buy gifts from an Oxfam shop around Australia or online

Purchase an Oxfam Unwrapped gift card

Make a once-off or monthly donation to Oxfam's project or campaign work

Buy a Christmas tree (if you're in Melbourne)

Create your own fundraiser using Oxfam's resource kit

Contact Oxfam Australia


Operation Uganda

Started in 2004 by a Queensland family who moved to Uganda, this organisation currently cares for 200 children. Assembly of God ministers Russell and Jenny Barton lost all their possessions in a house fire in 2004. Realising that possessions weren't so important, they decided that they wanted to help make a difference in the world.

The non-government organisation bought a piece of land in Kasubi, Kampala and runs Jordan House, which consists of a children's home, community centre and church. Some children live at the house, while others live with carers in the community, but rely on the centre for food, medical assistance and other care.

In order to help the community become self-sustaining, Operation Uganda is training women to make jewellery and other crafts, which are being sold through the organisation in Australia. Operation Uganda has independent sales people who sell the products at home parties, fetes, schools and other events. The women who make the crafts earn more than the average Ugandan wage, but they have also gained a sense of dignity and purpose.

The Barton's vision for Operation Uganda includes a mothers and babies medical centre and the establishment of businesses that would help school leavers to learn skills and earn a living.

Teams visiting Jordan House, as well as volunteers, who visit for a minimum of six months, help the organisation extensively. A recent team from Tasmania raised money for a mobile medical vehicle that will operate as a clinic staffed by a nurse who can assist people who with general medical needs and are unable to get them attended to.

Operation Uganda is having an impact on the nation of Uganda by rescuing lives, one child at a time.

Support Operation Uganda this Christmas

Sponsor a child: $45 a month

Buy a Christmas hamper: $30 each

Contribute to the Rescue Fund: From $10 a month

Buy jewellery and crafts: Up to $30

Join Operation Uganda as a salesperson: No cost

Contact Operation Uganda


1300 795 303

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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
10 Dec 2009

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I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the making of SAbona. Your magazine has such a wonderful community feel and I enjoy reading it, though I was actually born in Sweden. I would like address the comment made by Piet. I think it is the responsibility of all westerners to support their local communities but also to get behind projects that support people in developing countries. In Australia we have been blessed to have a government that offers so much support to its people and we have lived in peace for most of our lives. Other countries, like Uganda, have been ravaged by the effects of war and AIDS, with little or no help from its government. I was there in August this year and if you could see the beautiful smiles on the faces of the precious children, who have been rescued from the dumps and streets, I am sure you would not deny them this help.
Rating: 5 / 5
by Liz Willie on 18 Dec 2009

I think that it's really wonderful that Australians are helping people in Africa. An Australian family has given up what they had here to go and live in Uganda where so many children have nothing. They have rescued children from a dump. Oxfam Australia works throughout the world, including in Africa and is doing awesome work in communities that are absolutely ravaged by HIV and AIDS. I think that it's fantastic that people do the work that these organisations are doing. This article takes nothing away from organisations that are doing work in Australia or anywhere else around the world. Every one of us can help in different ways. My church is asking for stationery for a community in the Solomon Islands -- should I refuse to give to them because I must not send my money (or support) outside of this country? There are lots of people that are worse off than me, and if I can do something to help them, wherever they live, I think it's worth doing. Yes, I am now living in Australia, but this country is still part of the rest of the world.
Rating: 5 / 5
by Rebecca on 16 Dec 2009

Well done Sabona !!! - Just wanted to make a comment on a previous opinion... Oxfam Australia is actually a local Australian initiative.
Rating: 3 / 5
by Shandell - Brisbane on 12 Dec 2009

Thanks and well done Sabona for the article.I think one has a moral responsibility to support programmes and initiatives in any disadvantaged community whether here in Ausstralia or abroad.The human race is one;just so happens that we are spread across all borders and lands.And some are more fortunate than others owing to lots of reasons: history,politics, economics,etc.Unless we all chip in to make it a better place then we can not expect peace and harmony.How seriously important is it for all of us to fight HIV/AIDS and the effects on the rest of humanity? However, it remains the individual's choice whom to support. Nobody is coerced to support certain causes.The planet is everyone's home so it is true that a charitable spirit is apt.It would seem there is still that laager mentality that imprisons some readers thinking so narrowly! Leave that behind; it's toxic and not needed in Australia.Makes one wonder what the underlying biases may be for such an attitude?
Rating: 4 / 5
by Kay on 12 Dec 2009

I have to say upfront that it was with great disappointment to read about Sabona’s support for Oxfam Australia and Operation Uganda. My opinion is that by showing Sabona’s support for these organisations will cause more harm to Sabona’s image and the current support base then good. They say that charity start at home. Many times we read in Sabona’s blog’s that we are now in Australia. So why don’t we support locale initiatives. There are dozens of good causes that require our support. Why send our money out of the country and not keeping it locale.
Rating: 1 / 5
by Piet Potgieter - Toowoomba on 11 Dec 2009

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