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Oxfam humanitarian worker Michelle Farrington is formally greeted in a remote village in Nepal

A year on from earthquake, we should celebrate the defiance and strength of Nepali people

The past year has been unbelievably tough for Nepal. A devastating earthquake on the 25 April 2015 killed nearly 9,000 people, injured 22,000 more and destroyed or damaged in excess of 750,000 homes. ...

Women in search of water in Hadigala district, Siti Zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia. July 2015. Credit: Poon Wai Nang/Oxfam

Oxfam’s humanitarian year 2015

As we move into 2016 Tim Bierley looks back at the highs and lows of Oxfam's work responding to emergencies around the world over the last year. ...

Nepal Earthquake: 6 months on

Have you ever wondered how the tassels are made on the ends of those soft pashmina shawls? Well meet Rita Mijar, a Nepal earthquake survivor, who skilfully twists each tassel before tying each one...

Oxfam volunteer Shekhou Khadka (23) works to off load latrines being delivered to the Tundikhel IDP camp in Kathmandu, Nepal. Credit: Aubrey Wade / Oxfam

How disaster preparedness helped save lives in Nepal

When the Nepal earthquake hit in April 2015 the devastation was huge. Having earthquake contingency plans has made a big difference in enabling Oxfam to respond rapidly and at scale. Here Lisa Rutherford...

Burundian refugees disembark from the boat and are transported on buses to Lake Tanganyika Stadium before being moved to Nyarugusu camp. Credit: Oxfam/Bill Marwa

Oxfam's work with refugees around the world

Refugees are ordinary people living through extraordinary times, experiencing hardship and suffering. Oxfam and other agencies are supporting refugees and IDPs according to need, including those...

Cyclone Pam 3 months on: The spirit of Vanuatu

Oxfam's country director in Vanuatu was there when Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific island nation. He describes the 'special something' he's seen in the country in the months following...

Rama, 40. He fled his home with his family when the earthquake began. He now finds shelter in Tundikhe IDP camp, Kathmandu. He would like to go back to his home and has a plan to rebuild it. Oxfam provided water to 15.000 people here. Credit@ Pablo Tosco/Nepal

Mobilizing community health volunteers in Nepal

Providing water and sanitation, and public health promotion to help communities stay safe, are key parts of Oxfam's Nepal Earthquake response. Here Genevive Estacaan explains how Oxfam is training...

Nepal earthquake was the single most frightening experience of my life

Oxfam's Lisa Rutherford is in Kathmandu and shares her experiences of the Nepal earthquakes. ...

A woman at a relief relief camp in Khokhana area of Karyabinayak Municipality expresses anger at a Nepal Armed Forces Police because of the chaotic water situation. Credit: Sharbendu De

Lack of water and toilets making things worse for women in Nepal

Nisha Agrawal, CEO of Oxfam India, has just returned from a visit to Nepal after two devastating earthquakes hit the country. Here, she describes the situation on the ground, the challenges for the...

Nepal earthquake: A race against time

Oxfam has been working in Nepal for 30 years, with many staff living in Kathmandu. Despite the destruction the earthquake caused in their own lives, Oxfam staff and volunteers in Nepal are working...

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