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Community Health Volunteers receiving training in Clara Town, Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Guide to community engagement in WASH

This guide is a compilation of best practices and key lessons learned through Oxfam’s experience of community engagement during the 2014–15 Ebola response in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Senia Terbil, 26, married and mother of two. She lives in the Community of Castambie, near Port Salut, Haiti. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Haiti after Hurricane Matthew: no crops, no seeds, no shelter

The Hurricane Matthew has affected 2.1 million people in Haiti, according to the UN, of which 1.4 million need humanitarian aid. These are people who, like Jean Phillippe and Iverose, have lost their homes and livelihoods. Read their stories and make a donation.

Hurricane Matthew: International community must respond now to prevent more loss of life

Food, shelter and clean water are needed urgently by people in southern Haiti following the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew last week. Oxfam fears that the current death toll of at least 800 will increase further. The international community must act immediately to mitigate the loss of entire harvests and to counter any possible spikes of cholera. Oxfam is sending 3 tons of water purifying supplies to Haiti.

More than 1.5 million people without running water in Aleppo for five days

More than 1.5 million people in Aleppo have been without running water for five days, as battles rage around key water infrastructure and power to pumping stations is cut, leaving civilians at risk of water-borne diseases, Oxfam warned today. The international agency called for action to halt attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure as the Syrian-Russian offensive enters its third week.

Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and livelihoods and need urgent support.

Our teams are distributing clean water, fixing water supplies and providing emergency food in Haiti, after Hurricane Matthew swept through the Caribbean on October 4th. Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and livelihoods and need urgent support. Your donation will help us to reach them.

An Oxfam truck of livestock feed is unloaded, Siti Zone, Ethiopia

Voices of El Niño from around the world

About 60 million people across the world face worsening hunger and poverty due to droughts and crop failures in 2014/5. The situation has been exacerbated by the worst ever recorded El Niño weather system and the number of people struggling to survive is likely to rise. Hear their stories.

Oxfam to provide safe water to 10,000 people in Ecuador

Oxfam staff in Ecuador are working with the government to establish the effective distribution system of safe water in Portoviejo and Pedernales, two of the communities worst hit by the 7.8 earthquake that struck the northern coast of the country on April 16th.

Water point. Photo: Rodney Dekker/Oxfam

Water is life. El Niño and the threat to water access

We must not lose sight of the millions of people around the world who won’t have access to water as a super El Niño, boosted by climate change, will deepen drought and leave entire communities without enough food. Read their stories.

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