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WHO IS COMMUNITY AID ABROAD Community Aid Abroad was founded by Father Gerard Kennedy Tucker an Anglican clergyman in 1953 After hearing one of Father Tuckers speeches a few pensioners in a nursing home saved up 12 shillings each week to send to patients in a hospital in an Indian Village The original group was established in Melbourne and known as Food for Peace Eventually the groups spread and in 1962 the name was changed to Community Aid Abroad The new name described the campaign better they werent rallying just for food they were aiming to help communities all over the world By 1972 160 groups were established all over Australia and Community Aid Abroad was welcomed under the Oxfam umbrella becoming the Australian branch of the now well-know Oxfam network In 1992 Oxfam Community Aid Abroad merged with another NGO the Australian Freedom from Hunger campaign By this stage Community Aid Abroad was now receiving an annual income of over 12 million Today Oxfam Community Aid Abroad has more than 170 groups and an office in each Australian State capital with over 200000 Australian supporters WHAT DOES COMMUNITY AID ABROAD DO The main aim of Community Aid Abroad is to find a lasting solution to poverty suffering and injustice as stated by Oxfam They support community based self-help development projects as well as responding to disasters and emergencies all over the world Community Aid Abroad believes people have 5 basic rights and work hard to achieve these for all people They are The right to a sustainable livelihood Basic needs such as potable water food shelter and preservation of natural resources The right to services Clean water sanitation health and education Supporting people to lobby their government for services The right to life and security Emergency aid during disasters helping people rebuild repair and live free from fear displacement and war The right to be heard Organise take part in decisions and
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