This gift in action
The devastating floods that hit Pakistan in summer 2010 killed many hundreds of people and left two million more homeless.
Thanks to already having teams working with poor communities on ongoing projects in some of the worst hit areas, Oxfam was able to respond immediately.
We swung into action to provide clean water, taps, toilets and hygiene kits – essentials required to keep people safe – to families that had lost everything, including their homes.
In any emergency camp, keeping clean can be a matter of life and death. In Sajawal, Sindh province, Oxfam distributed health and hygiene kits to tens of thousands of people made homeless by the flood waters, along with providing health and hygiene sessions for women and children.
These hygiene kits were made up of buckets, water purification tablets and soap, and according to one woman community health worker: "Even though no one asked what we needed, for us everything in the kit was useful, nothing was nonessential. We used everything."