Tagged: emergency response

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L.D. Indranai is a member of a self-help group supported by the Giruwapathu Development Society (GIDES), an Oxfam partner that provided seeds, irrigation equipment, fencing material and technical support. Credit: Atul Loke/Panos for Oxfam

Oxfam International is preparing to close its response to Indian Ocean tsunami at the end of this month, four years after the disaster. Oxfam and its local partner organizations assisted 2.5 million people in seven tsunami-affected countries in the largest emergency program in its history.

Emergency Article
A farmer in the village of Palavakkam, in Tamil Nadu, at a meeting with researchers from the Advanced Center for Enabling Disaster Risk Reduction, an Oxfam partner. Credit: Atul Loke/Panos for Oxfam

The progress of a village in India that participated in a study on rainfall illustrates the value of research in helping farming communities adapt to climate change – and the importance of linking such projects to programs that address poverty.

Emergency Article
The women of Gonnoruwa sit in front of the dam, built with Oxfam assistance, which has transformed their harvests and their lives. Credit: Atul Loke/Panos for Oxfam

In the aftermath of the tsunami, Oxfam helped an impoverished farming community in Sri Lanka find a solution to its most devastating chronic emergency: drought.

Emergency Article
Yumirna Zega prepares food in her thriving restaurant, which was equipped thanks to a loan from Oxfam. She is one of thousands of people assisted by Oxfam on Nias since the earthquake there in March 2005 Credit: Dian Kartikasari/Oxfam

As the business grows, I am able to return the plastic cups and plates I borrowed from my relatives and buy my own kitchen tools.

Emergency
Only one in five girls attend primary school

Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world, affected by decades of conflict and disasters, from persistent drought to flash flooding, earthquakes and the food price crisis. Oxfam is providing humanitarian aid, supports rural development and sustainable livelihood programs.

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