Fight inequalities with the Oxfam Trailwalker
Description: Throughout the world, Oxfam is working to find concrete and innovative solutions to help people to emerge from poverty and achieve their full potential. Oxfam also advocates taking into account the voice of the poor in local and international decisions that affect them. In all its actions, Oxfam works with partner organizations and with vulnerable women and men to end the inequalities that lead to poverty.
Type of Work: Teams of 4 people will have to walk a distance of 100 km in 30 hours maximum (it’s the tenth edition). Alongside this, each team raises funds for the benefit of Oxfam-Solidarity projects around the world. The volunteers will help the Oxfam team (with 350 other volunteers) to set up facilities in order to receive walkers (1000), their supporters and other volunteers (tents, decoration of the place ...) in the best conditions. During the event, they will be dispatched in different parts of the route to support the organization (give meals and water, welcome and support the walkers, scanning ...).
Study Theme: Extreme inequalities: one out of three people in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change this situation by mobilizing citizen power against poverty. The first day, the group will receive a sensitization to North-South inequalities and issues and will plunge into the meanders of economic globalization to understand their social and environmental impact.
Accommodation: Arrival in Oxfam office in Brussels to receive sensitization. Then departure to the place of the Trail in “Les Hautes Fagnes” in the east part of belgium. Basic sleeping conditions. Take your sleeping bag and mattress with you.
Requirements: Sleeping bag and mattress. For volunteers who love nature sport challenges (even if volunteers will not walk the trail).
Approximate Location: In the very beautiful setting of the “Hautes Fagnes”, a place close to the cities of Eupen and Aachen, close to the East cost , one of the most beautiful and best preserved natural regions of Belgium.
Notes: Not accessible to wheelchairs. Meals will be prepared for the group and volunteers will eat with the Oxfam team and other volunteers. A bit of context might be interesting for the camp as well: the wealth of barely 8 men is as high as that of the poorest half of the world's population. In parallel, 1 person out of 9 does not eat to its hunger. More than one billion people must survive with less than $ 1.25 a day. Oxfam wants to put an end to extreme inequalities. Better social security and health care for everyone, financed by an equitable tax system, are therefore feasible and effective solutions.
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