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Strength to Survive


Every penny you donated has been matched by the UK government. Together, you've raised more than £4 million to help families facing disaster worldwide. Families like Gerondio's in the Philippines, who you're helping to grow new crops and earn a better living. Thanks to you they'll be stronger next time disaster strikes.

With your support we've helped people to:

Prepare for the worst

Helping families in Honduras to feed themselves in the face of more frequent droughts and floods

Survive when it happens

Providing life-saving, clean water to people affected by the conflict in Yemen

Come back stronger

Training female construction workers to build earthquake resistant houses


When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, it claimed more than 5,000 lives and made 4 million people homeless. One year on, these incredible images show how Oxfam supporters are helping local people to come back stronger. Look at the photos.

Typhoon Haiyan took Ethel and Urwin Coquilla’s two children – along with their home and business. Putting their lives back together seemed impossible. But then Oxfam supporters stepped in and helped the couple build a small shop. They think about their loss every day. But now, they’re earning a living again. And they’re expecting a baby.

After the typhoon, Mary Ann Papong and her daughter, Lem, were left without a roof over their heads – literally. Oxfam supporters helped them repair their home and made sure they had life-saving clean water to drink. Today, they’re still using their Oxfam jerrycan to filter the water they collect from a nearby river. So, as they rebuild their lives, disease is one less thing to worry about.

After the immediate danger of Typhoon Haiyan passed, millions of vulnerable people were pushed further into poverty. The typhoon wiped out fishing boats, leaving people struggling to earn an income. So Oxfam supporters set up boat repair stations. It was a lifeline for people like Chanley and her father Gregorio, who are now fishing again and starting to put the past behind them.

This was a big moment for Imelda and her nephew, Robert, who live on Bantayan Island. They’re preparing Robert’s newly-repaired boat to go fishing for the first time since Typhoon Haiyan. Imelda knows she will soon have fish to sell, to get the family back on its feet again. The boat was repaired by local carpenters at the nearby Oxfam Boat Repair Station. And it was all made possible by people like you.

Joel lives with his partner May-May in Anibong Bay, Tacloban. Their home was totally destroyed by the typhoon and Joel rebuilt it using salvaged wood, and a tarpaulin provided by Oxfam supporters. A former fisherman, he’s now earning a living selling the scrap metal he finds under water. He collects the metal in two fridges tied together to form a floating raft. Determined to come back stronger, he’s saving all the money he makes to buy a new boat.

Coconut farming is the second most important agricultural market in the Philippines. So when Typhoon Haiyan wiped out an estimated 33 million coconut trees in the Eastern Visayas region alone, it was a huge problem for farmers like Crispin Miranda. Oxfam supporters provided farmers with tools and training. Within days they knew how to convert the fallen trees into lumber. Not only did this help the community to rebuild their homes, but it got the farmers earning again.

When Typhoon Haiyan hit, it destroyed homes, toilets and cut off the supply of clean water to families like Vanessa’s in Tacloban. On top of everything Vanessa had been through, she also had to worry about her children catching diseases. Oxfam supporters gave Vanessa a hygiene kit full of essentials like soap and toothbrushes. They also helped run hygiene training, too. It means that Vanessa and her children stayed healthy – even in the aftermath of a devastating disaster.

Navaro Felipe planted his rice seeds the day before the typhoon. His crop was wiped out, along with the coconut trees and bananas that provide jobs for so many people. “I could only see dark clouds and rain. I could feel the ground and house shaking because the wind was so strong.” Oxfam supporters provided people like Navaro with the equipment and training they needed to turn the fallen trees into materials to build houses – and earn a living while they were at it.

After Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the coconut trees, people like Larry Tondo were left with no way to earn a living. But when Oxfam supporters helped him to learn how to use a chainsaw, he started using his skills to find new ways to earn a living. He used to climb the trees to collect coconuts. But now, he’s getting paid to build a coconut lumber kiosk.

'When Yolanda came, it destroyed our house, our seaweed farm, our crab nets. Over 200 nets were destroyed. We are planting our seaweed again.' Gloria Mandawe is just one of the people Oxfam supporters are helping to rebuild their lives after the typhoon. From repairing fishing nets to calling on the government to ensure everyone is represented in rehabilitation efforts – with your support, we'll be there as long as it takes.

For every £1 given to Oxfam…

82p goes towards emergency, development and campaigning work, 9p goes towards support and running costs, and 9p is invested to generate the next £1.

Nepal Helping people prepare for disasters such as floods, landslides, droughts and earthquakes.
Democratic Republic of Congo Providing clean water and sanitation to thousands of people affected by the conflict in DRC.
Bangladesh Oxfam helps communities prepare for flooding and other natural disasters.
South Sudan Providing urgently needed food, water and sanitation to those affected by fierce fighting in the country.
Philippines Oxfam is focussing on long-term recovery for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Guatemala Oxfam helps communities prepare for hurricanes and storms that cause flooding and landslides.
Haiti Oxfam continues to respond to the needs of those affected by the 2010 earthquake.
Colombia Oxfam helps vulnerable people prepare for natural disasters and adapt to the changing climate.
West Africa Oxfam is working in Sierra Leone and Liberia to help stop the spread of Ebola.
Mali Oxfam is working on improving access to water for 200,000 people affected by conflict and food insecurity.
Niger We aim to improve living conditions and reduce food insecurity in Niger.
Chad Oxfam is providing refugees from the Central African Republic with clean water and sanitation.
Central African Republic Nearly 1 million people displaced in CAR desperately need of food, water and sanitation.
Malawi Oxfam has joined the response to help those most vulnerable to food shortages in Malawi.
Zimbabwe Oxfam is helping people with clean water and sanitation.
Yemen Oxfam is supporting people affected by fighting and food shortages.
Syria, Jordan and Lebanon Oxfam is supporting people affected by the violence in Syria. Iraq Oxfam is helping thousands of people who have been forced to flee their homes. Gaza Oxfam in Gaza, providing aid to people who have been affected by violence in the region.
Afghanistan We continue to respond to humanitarian emergencies – such as working with vulnerable communities in areas affected by drought.
Pakistan Oxfam is supporting families affected by flooding in Pakistan.
Myanmar Oxfam is supporting people affected by violence in Rakhine province.


Right now, we're working with families facing disaster in 31 countries worldwide. It's a vast area to cover but, with your help, we'll always be there when it matters most.