In South Sudan, Oxfam helped more than 600,000 people across the country in 2016. We are:
- Providing regular emergency food distributions to over 415,000 people.
- Ensuring access to clean water, safe sanitation facilities, essential hygiene items and promoting good hygiene to help keep diseases like cholera at bay.
- Distributing vouchers for canoes so that people sheltering from the conflict on islands in the swamps can get to the help they need.
- Supporting the most vulnerable people to produce food for themselves and develop ways to make a living: for example by providing livestock, fishing kits or training, tools and seeds.
In Ethiopia, we are now aiming to reach one million people. So far:
- 511,000 people have been reached by water trucks. In addition Oxfam and partners have also provided trucked water to 85 health facilities and schools.
- Over 291,000 people have been supported with public health messages, to help keep people healthy and prevent the spread of disease.
- 1,675 households have received two rounds of cash transfers, to help them provide for their daily needs.
In Kenya, we aim to reach over 600,000 people with assistance. We have repaired and rehabilitated boreholes, which are now providing 177,688 people in Wajir and 50,142 people in Turkana with safe, clean water. Our primary focus is on the repair of water pumps, and helping people with cash. So far:
- Four water systems have been repaired, making water accessible to more than 12,000 people.
- The replacement of a generator in Kakuma is underway. This will restore reliable access to water for over 20,000 people.
In Somalia, so far:
- 31,542 people have so far been reached by the drought response, with water, sanitation and hygiene programmes and cash transfers.
- Water trucks have so far reached 21,000 people.
Oxfam has also launched a humanitarian response in Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia. We are providing water to 14,000 people and providing cash to 10,000. The immediate plan is to initially help at least 20,000 people with clean water, sanitation and cash assistance for food and to reach 200,000 more people with a longer-term response over the next 12 months.
Bidibidi in Northern Uganda is the largest refugee settlement in the world - home to over 270,000 South Sudanese refugees. Almost one million people have fled the brutal conflict in South Sudan and taken refuge in neighbouring Uganda thanks to a generous refugee policy by the country's government. In Bidibidi Oxfam and have been providing clean drinking water to 70% of the entire settlement - around 200,000 people. Oxfam is also constructing latrines and supporting hygiene promotion activities in schools and communities, and supporting small youth-led businesses
such as barber shops and handicrafts.
Oxfam is working across the region to provide life-saving support to those most in need of help. We urgently need to get food and clean water to women, men and children facing starvation. It's a race against time to save lives.
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