A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
As many people affected by the floods move back to the villages, Oxfam, with local partner LHDP (Laar Humanitarian and Development Program) and the support of the UK Department for International Development, has started to provide clean water, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion (WASH) to people as they rebuild their lives in their communities.
Oxfam believes that community participation at every stage is key for the successful delivery of early recovery programs.
While plastic sheeting latrine structures work well in emergency camps, the people of village Mubarak Hingorjo, in UC Begne, District Thatta suggest that plastic sheets are too thin and do not provide the required privacy at day time. Working with the self-selected WASH committee, Oxfam and LHDP have built latrines that are more suitable to the needs of the people of Mubarak Hingorjo. The WASH committee comprises of 4 men and 4 women, to ensure equal participation of men and women in decision making.