Oxfam America

Forty percent of the people on our planet-more than 2.5 billion-now live in poverty, struggling to survive on less than $2 a day.Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization working to change that. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. To join our efforts or learn more, go to www.oxfamamerica.org.
Jan 30, 2014

Update on Oxfam's response in the Philippines

Oxfam has now reached more than 500,000 people with life-saving support. In order to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases like cholera, providing clean water, sanitation facilities and hygiene supplies has been our top priority.

In the devastated city of Tecloban, for instance, we worked with partners and local authorities to restore water supplies to 80 percent of the population within a week of the storm. For others, we installed 5,000-liter bladder tanks to store and distribute clean drinking water. To meet urgent needs for improved sanitation in areas where displaced people have taken refuge, Oxfam and community members have joined forces to dig latrines, empty septic tanks, and construct bathing facilities.

Food is another key priority. Oxfam and partners have launched programs that are helping tens of thousands of people feed their families, sometimes in exchange for accomplishing critical community tasks like building latrines and removing wreckage left behind by the storm and floods.

Fishing and farming families who lived in the path of the typhoon have lost boats, nets, seeds, and tools—the essentials they need to produce food and earn a living—and agricultural land has been badly affected by the storm. Oxfam has provided rice seeds to 4,000 farmers while supporting work crews to clear land and irrigation channels of debris – including coconut trees felled by the storm. By equipping farmer cooperatives with chain saws and sawmills, many of those trees will become lumber for the rebuilding effort.

In the weeks and months ahead, Oxfam will undertake a longer-term effort to help hard-hit families restore their sources of income. And we will be looking for ways to help local markets make a swift and sustainable recovery.

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Sep 17, 2013

Oxfam's Response

Infographic: The cost of conflict in Syria
Infographic: The cost of conflict in Syria

Oxfam is currently helping provide aid to more than 200,000 civilians in need in Jordan and Lebanon, and is aiming to reach 650,000 by the end of the year.

In Lebanon, Oxfam and our partners helped thousands of refugees cope with the cold winter temperatures earlier this year by distributing  warm clothes, mattresses, blankets, heaters, and rugs, as well as plastic sheeting to weatherproof their shelters. We are now providing vulnerable families with cash to help them afford safe housing and vouchers with which to buy hygiene materials; we are also working to improve the water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions for refugees in various locations across the country. And an Oxfam partner has begun providing psycho-social support to women refugees and their children.

In the Zaatari camp in Jordan, whose population has swelled to more than 100,000, we have provided emergency latrines for 20,000 people, and we have now completed more permanent blocks of sanitation
facilities (toilets, laundry areas, and showers) for 8,000. We have
encouraged children to decorate the blocks with hand-painted tiles. Our work on sanitation takes into account the needs of people with limited mobility: we are installing showers and toilets that accommodate wheelchairs, and distributing commodes that can be used in the home. Oxfam's hygiene-education program is aimed at helping people stay safe under challenging camp conditions. We are also working with refugees who are living outside the camp. The most critical need is
to prevent families from getting evicted from their rooms and shelters, so we are providing cash assistance via ATM cards to many of the most vulnerable. We are also distributing water filters and hygiene materials to people living outside the camp.

Oxfam is increasingly concerned about the water and sanitation situation Syria, where infrastructure has been badly damaged by the conflict. Oxfam's technical team inside Syria is focused on improving water supplies and
sanitation facilities, with the goal of assisting 300,000 people.

picture of children in Syria
picture of children in Syria

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Jun 17, 2013

Update on Oxfam's Reponse to the Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis
Syria Crisis

In Lebanon, Oxfam and our partners helped thousands of refugees cope with the cold winter temperatures by distributing warm clothes, mattresses, blankets, heaters, and rugs, as well as plastic sheeting to weatherproof their shelters. We are now providing vulnerable families with cash and vouchers to help them afford safe housing and other essentials; we also plan to work on improving the water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions in various locations across the country.

In the Zaatari camp in Jordan, whose population has swelled to more than 100,000, we have installed water taps and tanks, and we have provided latrines for 20,000 people. Our work on sanitation takes into account the needs of people with limited mobility: we are installing showers and toilets that accommodate wheelchairs, and distributing commodes that can be used in the home.  Oxfam's work to build showers, toilets, and laundry blocks for 8,000 people is nearly complete. We are also planning programs for vulnerable refugees who are living outside the camp. The work will likely include improving access to safe water and, through cash disbursements, helping meet the expense of housing and other critical needs.

Oxfam is working with several organizations that are delivering food relief, hygiene kits, and other household items to help civilians in humanitarian need within Syria. We have also applied for approval to work with the Ministry of Water Resources in supporting emergency water and sanitation activities throughout the country.

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