I work a few days at a time for Oxfam, explaining why good hygiene is very important and how clean water reduces diseases”
Sonia is running a small business in Mozambique
In Mozambique: Starting a business in the wake of a cyclone
Sonia has started her own business, a shop, with the money she earns working for Oxfam. It’s only been running a few weeks but she is hoping that it will provide an income for herself and her two children.
"Before Idai hit my job was encouraging women who had just had babies to register their children and to go to a post-natal follow up session. I lived in Lamego.
When Idai hit our house was destroyed. We were a group of 7 people including my parents and my 3 year old daughter, Serafina*. We all climbed up a tree and stayed there from 11 pm – 4 am. At 5 am we came down and started walking. We went to the road that was higher ground.
The next day we walked to Nhamatanda and stayed at the school there and then we resettled here in Kura resettlement camp. My parents have returned home to Lamego, my sister is here.
My parents went back home because they know that the aid would end after a while and they can’t farm here in the resettlement camp. Their crops are growing well in Lamego.
I am staying here in the resettlement camp because I am doing some work for Oxfam which helps give me an income. I work a few days at a time for Oxfam explaining why good hygiene is very important and how clean water reduces diseases.
My hope for the future is to build my own house as I have a temporary grass and stick house."
Oxfam's response to Cyclone Idai
- We are rebuilding and repairing water points, and providing soap and other hygiene items to fight cholera.
- We are training community activists, like Sonia, in health education to keep vulnerable families safe.
- We are distributing tools to help with construction and repairs, and seeds for fast-growing crops (for example, tomatoes, pumpkins, beans, cabbages).
Responding to emergencies
We provided food and medicine to both sides during the Nigerian civil war.
Between 1967 and 1970, during the Nigerian civil war, blockades around Biafra cut off food supplies to millions of people. We provided food and medical relief, and a medical team to both sides during and after the war.
The famous Oxfam Water Tank, first deployed more than 40 years ago, is now used all over the world.
Oxfam’s technical team use water tanks used by British farmers for water storage in emergencies. The first ones were put into use in 1976. Today, more than 40 years after they were invented, humanitarian agencies around the world use the Oxfam water tank.
Oxfam provided safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the Rwanda genocide.
Between 1994 and 1996, in the largest operation in our history, Oxfam provided safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of refugees in Tanzania and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) within days of their arrival - and until they went home over a year later.
After the Boxing Day Tsunami, we provided 2.5 million people with clean, safe water and shelter.
Following the devastating tsunami in 2004 our emergency response reached millions of people across seven countries. Long after the disaster left the UK headlines, Oxfam was still there, helping people to rebuild their lives.
Zimbabwe: thousands of jerry cans sourced. Countless lives saved.
In Zimbabwe in early 2009, in a country already reeling from food shortages, a cholera outbreak threatened thousands of lives. Our rapid response team got there fast. In the town of Ngoni, we provided families with hygiene kits including 20 litre jerry cans, one kilogram of soap, water purification tablets, cotton wool and pamphlets on how to prevent cholera. Simple, brilliant, life-saving solutions.
We reached 6.5 million people in humanitarian crises
In 2010/11, we provided humanitarian assistance to around 6.5 million people, and responded to 47 emergencies in 31 countries. The year focused on two major emergency situations – the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and the devastating floods in Pakistan.
These worms save lives. Oxfam's Tiger Worm Toilets turn waste into fertiliser.
We first started developing our amazing Tiger Worm toilets in 2013. The worms decompose the waste and turn it into clean, safe fertiliser. Which means better sanitation and fewer health problems for poor communities and refugee camps around the world. It's just one of the ingenious ways Oxfam is helping people escape poverty, for good.
Early response funds after El Nino
Fast & coordinated response to El Nino led to strong regional influencing on early response funds working with climate teams.
Enabled aid to flow to millions of people
Helped prevent an attack on Hodeidah port in Yemen so aid could get through
In Indonesia we reached over 164,000 people affected by the earthquake and tsunami
On 27 December 2018 a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck Sulawesi in Indonesia. We worked with our local partners to provide essential aid supplies like ready-to-eat food, water purification kits and shelter packs.
buys a portable water-testing kit to ensure water is safe to drink
builds a flood shelter for 200 families and livestock
buys a drilling rig to find clean water in the most difficult conditions