Changing lives on the ground: a day in the life of an Oxfam worker

How do we get the poorest and most vulnerable people of Nepal well-prepared for earthquakes? How do we help refugee communities from the Sahara feed their livestock if there’s no water? How does a cash assistance program work?

From sanitation and clean water to getting more girls into school, our teams on the ground are working endlessly to achieve immediate, effective and lasting change for people feeling the daily pain of poverty.

We've asked some of Oxfam's own humanitarian and program staff to share their experiences from places like Iraq, Malawi, Nepal or Honduras, as well as showing how our programs have a clear impact on the communities’ lives.

Watch how a day in their lives is.

Meet Ahmed, Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods Field Officer, who shows us the destroyed city of Mosul, Irak, where Oxfam has been providing cash assistance to more than 5,000 families on 19 locations throughout the city. Thanks to this program, over 31,000 people were able to purchase food and other basic amenities.

Meet Sara, Oxfam Communications Officer in Honduras, who takes us to a women’s shelter and handicraft shop run by our local partner Calidad de Vida. Women here feel safe and work hard to earn their livelihoods and build a more prosperous future.

Meet Bertha, Oxfam's Transformative Women Leadership Program Manager in Malawi, who shows us how a project she's involved in has helped provide free secondary education for girls and other vulnerable students. Over the past 3 years, Oxfam has enabled 1,349 children in Malawi to attend secondary school.

Meet Sharopov, leader of Mehnatobod village Volunteer Rescue Group in Tajikistan, who shows us how regular fire and earthquake drills and evacuation exercises help reduce disasters risk in local communities. The project benefits over 12,700 people directly, saving lives, homes and valuable assets.

Meet Sudin, who takes us to remote villages in Nepal where Oxfam is providing technical assistance for the reconstruction of around 1,000 houses affected by the 2015 earthquake. So far, we have supported 619,071 people in the last three years (51.4% of them women).

Meet Virginia, Oxfam’s Advocacy Officer, who takes us to a food security program in the Sahrawi refugee camps, where Oxfam has been operating for the last 42 years. We have developed an innovative solution to support the local production of fresh food and cope with the harsh climate conditions in the Algerian desert.

Achieving a fairer world without poverty

With more than 10,000 staff and nearly 50,000 interns and volunteers working around the world, we work to end the injustice of poverty. We save, protect and rebuild lives when disaster strikes. We help people build better lives for themselves, and for others.

In 2016-17, we responded to more than 30 emergencies across our world, across conflicts and natural disasters. We worked directly with 19 million people in our programs worldwide and were supported by millions more. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy a life free from poverty.