Herts Hike History

The Oxfam Herts Hike has supported projects around the world …….

The Oxfam Herts Hike is getting on for its 20th year. One early walk was to fund the planting of trees in Vietnam. The walks have been set the countryside north of St Albans, except once when foot and mouth disease prompted a change to a city walk.

Here are details of the past ten years, with information from earlier years to follow when our researches are complete!

Herts Hike 2004 raised money for the building of water cisterns in the rural north of Brazil. Rainwater harvesting allowed farming families to get through the dry season and continue to grow precious vegetables.

In 2005, we focused on the island of Haiti and various projects to expand and improve  Fairtrade coffee production.

West Africa was the scene in 2006, supporting education particularly for children in the Sahel region, the land just to the south of the Sahara. Here many pastoralist families, moving with their livestock according to the seasons, find it difficult to ensure their children get education.

The River Basin project was our topic for 2007. This is the area in Bangladesh, India and Nepal where four major rivers run towards the sea. Climate change and deforestation make it even more necessary for communities to have raised flood defence systems so that villages can withstand cyclones.

In 2008 we returned to Africa for a project to help increase and improve rice production in Tanzania.

Education in Zambia was our topic for 2009, focusing on the rural copper belt area.

In late 2009 we hosted an Oxfam activist, Push, who was walking from Oxford to Copenhagen where the results of Oxfam’s climate hearings would be presented to the climate change conference. In our Oxfam Herts Hike 2010 we supported a project in the Amazon basin in Bolivia, helping people to cope with the seasonal floods and droughts caused by climate change in the Andes by constructing raised vegetable beds.

The Herts Hike 2011 raised funds for mothers, children and teenagers affected by AIDS and HIV issues in Thailand.

In 2012 we supported olive farmers in the occupied West bank of Palestine, helping form co-operatives to produce higher quality oil and an expanded range of products.

For 2013 we returned to Bangladesh and a program helping villages prepare for and cope with various effects of climate change – drought, flood or cyclone for different areas of the country.

You can see Oxfam reports on all of these projects by clicking below: