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.
In January 2011, Oxfam started work on its water, sanitation and hygiene program in the villages across rural Pakistan. In the Shikapur district of Sindh, through local NGO partner PDI (Participatory Development Initiative), Oxfam had identified 92 villages to work in. Together they worked to install 244 emergency latrines, at a cost of just 2,000 rupees each ($22.80). They also distributed winter kits to 6,200 families in the 92 villages.
Alongside Oxfam's hygiene and sanitation work, cash for work programs have also been introduced to the villages they have been working in. Cash for Work gives communities a chance to earn some money while working to rehabilitate their villages and homes. The program has been very successful in Shikapur with thousands of families benefiting.
In the past year, Oxfam and our partners have helped 2.4 million people affected by the Pakistan floods.