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OWGsymbol140pxOxted One World Group - Helping poor communities overseas

The world faces big problems
  1. Every year the world has 84 million more mouths to feed BUT 25 billion tonnes less topsoil on which to grow food.
  2. One in every 264 people alive is a refugee or internally displaced person.
  3. One billion people have no access to safe drinking water - and dirty water kills 10 million people a year.
  4. 40 years ago, the income of the richest fifth of the world's people was 30 times greater than that of the poorest fifth. Today it is over 60 times more.
  5. 25% of the world's population consumes 60% of its food and 70% of its energy.

The One World Group Oxted raises funds to help people in developing countries to fight poverty and build a better future for their communities. It works to raise local awareness by organising speakers on development issues and projects which have been supported. It was founded in 1982 and draws most of its support from Oxted, Limpsfield, Limpsfield Chart and Hurst Green.

There are 440 Friends. The increase come partly from people who live outside Oxted including Crockham Hill and Westerham. They receive two Newsletters a year reporting on the projects helped and giving information about coming events.

How is the money spent?

The money is spent on projects which tackle specific, named problems where - if possible - we have personal contact with someone who can ensure the funds are used for the agreed purpose.
We encourage self-help so that solutions are self-generating and sustainable. Sometimes a member is able to visit a project during an overseas trip and see at first hand what is being done and what else might be done.

What has been achieved?
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We have helped local people in Kisokwe, Tanzania, to plant 300,000 trees in an agro-forestry project to conserve water, provide firewood and to produce fruit.

We have funded land and school buildings in Kisumu, Kenya, to provide primary education to poor children who would otherwise have no access to secondary school.

We have helped to purchase 24 acres of land and a dilapidated farmhouse near Kitwe, Zambia which now provides feeding and schooling for a growing number of AIDS orphans.

A Paediatric Ophthalmic Surgeon in a hospital in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, has been able to set up a clinic to deal with child blindness with the help of a “Slit Lamp” paid for by One World Group.

We have supplied an ultrasound scanner for a pre-natal unit at the Abbas Clinic in Pakistan.

We are providing on-going funding for a Day Care Centre, a school and feeding for AIDS orphans near Blantyre, Malawi which is now caring for over 400 children.

We provided funds to purchase leather-working equipment for a shoe manufacturing workshop in a home for street-boys in Kusi, Peru.

How much goes on administration?

The OWG is administered by Friends’ voluntary efforts. Every penny raised goes directly and without deduction to overseas projects, which are carefully assessed. The annual subscription more than covers our administrative costs..

Five things you can do now

  • Become a Friend of the OWG
  • Make a donation or standing order.
  • Help to organise fund raising events.
  • Support the events others organise.
  • Spread the word.
  • How to join

Contact Averin Cox,
Hookwood Oak, Limpsfield,
Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0DU
Telephone: 01883 723748

She will send you an application form together with a Gift Aid declaration. Alternatively, left-click here to open the form (if you have the Acrobat plug-in) or right-click to download the pdf

Fund Raising Events – 2008

1st March 7.30pm - Silent Auction, St.Peter’s Hall, Limpsfield. Raised a record �5,600
19th April. 25th Anniversary celebration was held at the Oxted United Reformed Church. The Keynote Speaker was Andrew Steer, the Director of Policy & Research at the Department of International Development.
26th May Bank Holiday Monday 2 - 6pm
Open Gardens Day. Tickets available from Tony Stanton 01883-712697 or Valerie Adamson 01883-714859 and from local shops.
20th September Hurst Green Fair Bottle Stall.

During March/April, a sponsored brochure was be sent out to 17,000 households in Oxted and the surrounding area which raised membership by 10%.

Money raised in 2007

  • Silent Auction - �4,300
  • Open Gardens Day - �3,565 (bad weather)
  • Collection at Morrisons - record �418.32
  • Oxted Street Collection - �425.77
  • Poorman Lunch - �250 (awaiting confirmation)
  • Christmas Appeal - raised �7,115
  • Bottle stall - �705
Money raised in 2006
  • Silent Auction - �4000
  • Open Gardens Day - record �4676
  • Collection at Morrisons - record �418.32
  • Oxted Street Collection November - �612.10
  • Poorman Lunch - �250
  • Christmas Appeal - raised a record �9577

Are you a member? Like to join?
�5 subscription is now due.
Send it to Anna Burrage (see below).
Download a subscription form here.

Summer 2007 Newsletter, click here
Spring 2008 Newsletter, click here
Summer 2008 Newsletter, click here

What more can you do?

1.2 billion people in the world live on under 75p a day. They are the hardest hit by natural disasters, environmental degradation, repressive social systems and a world economic system which favours the West.

For 25 years, the One World Group has worked to make a difference by supporting projects which help people to help themselves. But giving money is only part of the answer.

The way we live here influences world development in a number of ways. The cheap prices we enjoy may be at the expense of producers overseas. Our wasteful lifestyles exacerbate global environmental problems and are often copied by those struggling for a better life in the developing world. If people in China and India follow our lead, the Earth will be destroyed and the first to suffer will be those already living on the margins of survival. We can help by reducing our impact on the environment and supporting efforts to combat world poverty.

For instance we can

  • buy goods that are fairly traded, and/or grown organically.
  • invest in ethical funds, bank with an ethical bank and arrange an ethical pension.
  • support campaigns against the arms trade and for fair trade and international debt relief
  • contact Global Action Plan (0207 405 5633) to discover how to reduce waste at home and consume less energy.
Committee 2008

Tony Stanton OBE (Chairman)
Oast Hatch, 2a The Maltings, Hurst Green, Oxted RH8 9DZ. 01883 712697
Valerie Adamson MBE (Vice Chairman) 13 East Hill, Oxted RH8 9AF. 01883 714859
Anna Burrage ( Treasurer) Linden, Rockfield Road, Oxted RH8 0EL. 01883 723204
Helen Adams (Minutes Secretary)
Barclay Cottage, Hale Oak Road, Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6NQ. 01732 461399
Stuart Paterson (Press and Publicity) 50 Silkham Road, Oxted RH8 0NY. 01883 714642
Averin Cox (Membership Sec.)
Hookwood Oak, Hookwood Park, Limpsfield RH8 0DU. 01883 723748
Michelle Devereux 7 Tanhouse Road, Oxted RH8 9PE 01883 713873
Celia Butler Potters Cottage, Church Lane, Godstone RH9 8BW 01883 742561
Karen Nicholls 19 Bell Meadow, Godstone RH9 8ED 01883 741916
John Leslie Scollops Oast, York Hill, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks TN14 6LG. 01732 750609
Jenifer Ruxton 22 Oast Road, Hurst Green Oxted RH8 9DU. 01883 712836
Richard Smith The High, Kent Hatch Road, Limpsfield Chart, Oxted RH8 0TA. 01883 722671
David Steele 25 Detillens Lane, Limpsfield RH8 0DH 01883 712527
David Stafford Clover Lea, Dairy Lane, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6RA 01732 866327
Geoffrey Sanderson
Judith Eiloart

Church reps.

All Saints: Felicity Dick & John Leslie.
St. Andrew's: Limpsfield Chart. Annie Blanchard.
St. Peter's: Limpsfield. Janet & Stephen Mills.
St. Mary's: Oxted. Valerie Adamson.
St. John's: Hurst Green. Jenifer Ruxton.
St. Peter's: Tandridge. Sally Walker.
Society of Friends: Len Roberts.
Oxted United Reformed Church: Celia Butler.
Methodist, Hurst Green: Margaret Bamford.
St. Mary’s, Tatsfield: tba



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