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Unusual ways that your support is used to change lives ...

 

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... a simple solar light could protect people from violence?

The threat of violence makes a toilet one of the most dangerous places to visit for women and girls in many refugee camps across the world. After fleeing life-threatening situations, people need these camps to be a place of safety. So, among other things, Oxfam and partners are developing solar lighting to help make them safer.

... pig poo is helping families escape poverty?

Imagine having no time to earn a living, or for your kids to study, because you’re all too busy collecting firewood and cooking over a slow-burning stove. In Rwanda, we’re giving families ‘biodigesters’ to turn pig poo into a safe and efficient cooking gas. This frees their time to earn a living and get an education – breaking the cycle of poverty for good.

... puppets are keeping children safe from disease?

In Za’atari camp, Jordan, a new band of puppets are putting on a show that could teach Punch and Judy a thing or two. They’re helping children learn about hygiene. Disease can spread rapidly in camps like this, so the puppet show is a great way to teach children vital facts about hygiene and keep them safe from disease.

... WE KNOW HOW TO MAKE TOILETS MORE EFFECTIVE?

At Oxfam we always learn from our experience – and our toilets are a prime example. We discovered that having blue-coloured squatting plates in our toilets attracted more flies, while having green plates deterred people from using the toilets in some countries because green is seen as a holy colour. And after extensive research, the best colour was found to be ... a neutral brown.

... THAT SOMETIMES WE DISTRIBUTE UNDERWEAR?

In emergency situations, basic hygiene – let alone simple human dignity – can be difficult to maintain. That's why, in addition to our life-saving clean water and disease-beating toilets, we may also supply underwear and other sanitary products when and where they’re needed.

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... WE COULD SOON BE MAKING SALT WATER DRINKABLE?

We’re hoping that very soon we’ll be able to employ an innovative new development in purification that turns salt water into drinking water. Researchers at the University of Manchester are currently developing a tough, low cost membrane composed of graphene (ultra-thin, carbon-based material) that can effectively filter salt water to make it safe to drink. It could help us save more lives in emergencies, help crops thrive and give communities the chance to escape poverty.