This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the fifth day of Oxmas my true love sent to me

Five golden piles of poo! 

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Yes, you heard it, we are suggesting you literally give crap to your beloved this Christmas. And yes, you heard it too, it’s golden crap. Why is it golden? Because it helps end poverty of course!

How does it work, I hear you ask? Well, this magnificent and huge pile of poo is one of our many Oxfam Unwrapped presents; you buy it for your true love/worst enemy/evil step mother/pet pony and your money goes where it is most needed!

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So we’re obviously not just gonna dump a pile of poo on the farmers’ houses and children, but what happens is that Oxfam will deliver this ideal mix of manure, organic fertiliser and training in eco-friendly farming techniques to help a family grow a lot more crops. This means regular meals, a more varied diet and the chance to earn a better income to pay for things like school fees.

A story of a family’s life improved by Oxfam’s pile of poo:

Patricia Darbeh’s neighbourhood in Monrovia (Liberia) always lacked decent water supplies and a sewerage system. Even the few toilet blocks that existed were usually unclean and unpleasant to use. Three years ago, Patricia was chosen to have a special toilet installed in her home. Not only are they clean and hygienic, but they contain tiger worms that can compost the family’s poo and turn it into fertiliser that’s safe enough to grow vegetables to eat and sell. This poo is literally life changing! “We use the wastewater for fertilising the garden. I used to spend 450 Liberian dollars (£3.60) a week on vegetables. Now, I don’t spend money because I grow my own.”

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Read more about this Oxfam Unwrapped gift and buy it online here, or simply pop into our shop to get it!

Your support of Oxfam Unwrapped allows vital work to be carried out in communities that desperately need help. Find out more about Oxfam Unwrapped here and here.

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…Four Chalet School books
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a winter warming kit for the refugees

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