On Saturday April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador killing hundreds of people, leaving thousands wounded and causing severe damage to infrastructure. Access to safe drinking water and storage, as well as shelter is urgently needed. With your help we can reach the most vulnerable populations with vital assistance.
Oxfam ambassador Kristin Davis has just returned from the Horn of Africa where she saw hundreds of thousands of families in desperate need of food and water.
Kristin became tearful on BBC News (11 July 2011) while describing her experience of visiting the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya where she saw the devastating impact of drought.
People are fleeing drought and conflict in Somalia and ending up in Dadaab, which is currently the world's largest refugee complex and is hugely overcrowded.
Oxfam's response to the drought includes programs in Somaliland, Ethiopia and Kenya with a mixture of emergency aid, long-term development and prevention, and advocacy to address the root causes of chronic drought.