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Oxfam brings all charities into question

Oxfam, one of the world’s most prominent relief agencies, could lose its funding from the British government over reports that its workers exploited survivors of a massive earthquake in Haiti, and possibly other disasters, for sex. It is a “complete betrayal of both the people Oxfam were there to help and also the people that sent them there to do that job,”

Only this month, right here in Australia, those fools that run Oxfam Australia had the really dumb idea to align the international charity with the Aboriginal foul-mouthed, Ms Onus-Williams who vowed to destroy Australia and with it, presumably, the few remaining Oxfam donors. You can read about Onus-Williams and Oxfam’s political interference in Australian political policy here.

Source: Washington Post

Oxfam could lose funding over allegations that it exploited disaster victims for sex

Britain’s international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, told BBC News, which noted that the nonprofit received $44 million in government funds last fiscal year.
Mordaunt spoke Sunday — three days after a Times of London investigation accused Oxfam’s then-director in Haiti, along with other workers, of running an illegal makeshift brothel after a 2010 quake devastated the country.
Oxfam has admitted to at least some of the wrongdoings alleged in the report, and the organization has promised an internal review and overhaul. “We are ashamed of what happened,” the nonprofit’s chair wrote in a statement Sunday. “We apologize unreservedly.”

But contrition may not be enough. The Times alleged that Oxfam tried to hide the years-old allegations from the public, letting its country director in Haiti quietly resign rather than firing him after he admitted to using prostitutes.
And the Guardian reported new accusations over the weekend: that the same man, Roland van Hauwermeiren, was also accused of hiring sex workers in Chad.
[Haitians are desperate for help. But they don’t want it from the American Red Cross.] Mordaunt told BBC that she would meet with Oxfam officials Monday, but she sounded unimpressed by the nonprofit’s promises to reform.
“If the moral leadership at the top of the organization isn’t there, then we can’t have you as a partner,” she said.
The Times’s report was based on sources familiar with the organization’s work in Haiti around that time as well as a report summarizing an internal Oxfam investigation into the allegations.
Oxfam was in the midst of a large effort on the island after the quake, which killed more than 200,000 people and left many more injured and displaced. The charity had a fund worth more than $100 million to provide relief supplies and help rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure, the Times reported.

The majority of Oxfam’s 230 staff members working in Haiti at the time are not accused of doing anything improper, but a small group of male aid workers living in Delmas, near Port-au-Prince, are accused of turning a rented guesthouse into what a source told the Times the men called “the whorehouse.”
“These girls wearing Oxfam T-shirts, running around half-naked, it was like a full-on Caligula orgy. It was unbelievable. It was crazy,” the source told the Times about parties at the house.
In addition to the country director, six other workers left the charity after its internal investigation: Two resigned, and four were fired for offenses such as “use of prostitutes on Oxfam property” and possession of pornography, the Times reported. The misconduct also included bullying, harassment and intimidation, the nonprofit said in its statement.
Oxfam said it had not found evidence to back one of the Times’s most explosive claims: that underage girls were involved.
When the organization closed its investigation, it issued a news release that mentioned “a number of instances of misconduct” but said nothing about the sexual and criminal nature of the alleged wrongdoing, the Times reported.

In its statement, Oxfam said it had informed its trustees, the government and other major donors such as the European Union, the World Health Organization and other United Nations agencies of the investigation and the outcome. And it said it created a whistleblower hotline and a separate team to prevent misconduct in the future.
The Times reported Friday that the government secretary responsible for charity regulation was calling for Oxfam to provide more information about the staffers who had paid for sex in Haiti.
“These allegations are deeply shocking, and Oxfam must now provide the Charity Commission with all the evidence they hold of events that happened in Haiti as a matter of urgency,” Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said, according to the Times.
Besides its international relief work, Oxfam has become prominent in the United States for attacking the Trump administration’s “slow and inadequate” response to Puerto Rico’s hurricane disaster last year.

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Penguinite 13/02/2018, 7:40 am

    Should be renamed Fauxfam!

  • Aktosplatz 13/02/2018, 8:14 am

    Neither Oxfam nor World Vision should be supported IMO because they do not focus on what they should be doing, in its entirety, but dabble in left wing politics -at their donors cost of course.

    Compassion Australia is good, and stay true to their cause which is practical help to the poor.

  • Lorraine 13/02/2018, 8:34 am

    A separate team to check on misconduct in the future. so they are only partly cleaning out their den
    Oxfam will have a problem to obtain monies thru donations , Onus Williams made sure of that

    • Ivan Ackeroff 13/02/2018, 9:44 am

      Ox-scam and Anus-Williams, what a pair.

  • Graham 13/02/2018, 12:05 pm

    I’m always sceptical about these aid charities where 95% of the funding goes to ‘administration’. It’s time the government started to audit so called charities starting with Islamic organisations then aid organisations and then have a go at the tax free status of for example Unions, churches etc. could wipe out the National debt in no time.

    • Maryanne 13/02/2018, 12:55 pm

      Agreed. Anybody who donates to those huge international ‘charities’ is a fool. Give locally. Support the firies and SES people, meals-on-wheels, etc.

      • Sandy 13/02/2018, 2:48 pm

        Unfortunately the firies are building more and more levels of paid bureaucrats and they don’t run on donations. Rotary International only uses about 5% of its revenue on administration and does a vast amount of good work all over the world so consider them next time you wish to donate.

  • Ex ADF 13/02/2018, 12:48 pm

    Could you please address Anus-Williams as part aboriginal?

    • Joe Blogs 13/02/2018, 2:17 pm


    • Bwana Neusi 13/02/2018, 7:30 pm

      Which part of Anus and Williams is the aboriginal part?

  • Deano 13/02/2018, 12:50 pm

    Yet another example of how the left works – find something popular and respected, gain entry, bring in your lefty mates and squeal about ‘inclusion and diversity’ to justify their presence. Then turn it into just another platform to enforce political theories that would never gain acceptance by merit alone. Major sporting organisations are the blueprint for this technique.

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