14 October 2019

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Oxfam has been able to support 449,358 people affected by humanitarian emergencies, thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery.

On average, the charity is responding in 30 different countries at any given time, many of which are suffering from the effects of the climate emergency and unpredictable weather patterns.

In March this year, Cyclone Idai devastated the lives of nearly three million people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Six weeks later, Cyclone Kenneth hit, bringing torrential rains to northern Mozambique.

The UN Secretary General declared this, "one of the worst-weather related catastrophes in the history of Africa".

Thanks to the support of Postcode Lottery players, Oxfam's initial response has supported more than 400,000 people. This included setting up water treatment facilities, providing the charity's innovative Lifesaver cubes and hygiene kits to help contain the cholera outbreak.

"Today, I am happy that with this Lifesaver Cube because I can use to give my children clean water to drink" Carlos, 36, Mozambique 

People living in the world's poorest countries receive around £2.40 per year - less than a penny per day - to protect themselves from the impacts of the climate crisis. The world's poorest people have contributed the least to the climate emergency but are suffering the most.

Players also supported Oxfam GB's #SecondHandSeptember campaign. This encouraged people to pledge to not buy any new clothes for 30 days, helping to reduce the harmful effects 'fast fashion' has on people and planet. 

Research from Oxfam shows that buying one new white cotton shirt produces the same amount emissions as driving a car for 35 miles.