Tagged: livelihoods

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Villagers walk around debris and a house that was smashed by a tsunami in Pago Pago Harbor after an earthquake on the island of American Samoa, September 30, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Hugh Gentry, courtesy of alertnet.org

Just over a week after tsunami waves scoured the southern coast of Samoa, killing one per cent of the population and seriously affecting one out of every six people, the relief effort is still urgent. But recovery is not just about immediate relief – it is about longer-term development.

Angeela Wassel and Freshta, representatives from Afghanistan where the We Can Campaign hadn't yet been officially launched. Credit Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Sitting on the floor of her shop, Alam carefully measures out a kilo of wheat for her neighbor. With help from Oxfam and other women in her village, Alam started her own small business six months ago.

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Today's food crisis could worsen dramatically as decades of declining investment in agriculture have constrained the ability of the world's poorest people to cope with climatic and economic shocks, according to a new report released today by international agency Oxfam International.

Manuel Chuizo proudly shows his products in a market in Lima. Credit: Percy Ramírez/Oxfam

One of the 114 merchants in the Jose Olaya market (in Villa El Salvador, south Lima), explains how training programs for commercial skills, developed by Oxfam with the local traders, have helped his business.

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Temporary evacuation camps built by people in the Ayeyarwaddy delta from the spare parts of damaged houses left by Nargis. Credit: Oxfam

Hundreds of thousands of people who survived Myanmar's worst-ever cyclone are facing the prospect of being trapped in debt with little prospect of securing further credit or loans and need urgent help from the international community.

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Khin Ohn Yi's family received materials from Oxfam to build a new home. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Oxfam's humanitarian response has provided support to around half a million people in Myanmar, after the Cyclone Nargis swept through the Ayeyarwady delta and largest city, Yangon.

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Anwarul Islam has not been able to find suitable work or employment since he lost his job in a garment factory well over a month ago. He left his native Bangladesh four years ago to pursue a better paid job.

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As a major exporter of textiles, Thailand has been hit hard as global demand for clothing and footwear has dropped. Dow Punpiputt, Communications Officer for Oxfam in Thailand, went to visit some women who had lost their jobs.


This documentary highlights the serious problems still facing many families affected one year after Cyclone Sidr struck the southern coast of Bangladesh. Despite funding pledges from international donors, only about one quarter of some 276,000 new homes promised have been built.

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