Swimming across the great channels and waterways of the world is a difficult and hazardous journey. Besides the elation and utmost sense of personal achievement of completing a challenge there is also an organisation that I hold very dear to me on all my extreme swim adventures. Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organisations working in approximately 94 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and what it considers injustice around the world. In all Oxfam's actions, the ultimate goal is to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful, to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them. Each organization (affiliate) works together internationally to achieve a greater impact through collective efforts.