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A child plays in one of the ruined houses from the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Blog: Nepal earthquake 6 months on: The race to rebuild before winter

Nepal is currently in the grip of a fuel crisis due to political conflicts in the south of the country which are choking off the flow of fuel across the border from India. Sorting the political difference in the south needs to be resolved urgently if earthquake survivors are to avoid what could be a second disaster.

New arrivals at Tundikhel camp for internally displaced people, Kathmandu. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: Oxfam training community health volunteers after Nepal Earthquake

Providing water and sanitation, and public health promotion to help communities stay safe, are key parts of Oxfam's Nepal Earthquake response. Here Genevive Estacaan explains how Oxfam is training community health volunteers in Tundikhel camp, Kathmandu.

Two locals find safe ground in front of a destroyed structure in Bhaktapur region of Kathmandu, Nepal 26 April 2015. Photo: EPA/Hemanta Shrestha

Blog: Devastating earthquake in Nepal: immediate relief and long-term disaster risk reduction

While Oxfam and others rush humanitarian relief to Nepal, the country has long been desperate for a huge, sustained investment to strengthen its physical infrastructure in order to keep its people safer, and to develop its economy and services so that local communities and the state had enough assets to fall back on.

People search for survivors stuck under the rubble of a destroyed building, after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. Credit: EPA/Narendra Shrestha

Blog: Earthquake in Nepal - Oxfam is there

In response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal today, Oxfam's team in Nepal is assessing humanitarian needs. In addition, a team of technical experts is arriving with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies. Please donate to Oxfam's Nepal earthquake appeal.

Una tarea gigantesca para 2013: montaña de escombros en Croix-Desprez, Puerto Príncipe. Foto: Agathe Nougaret/Oxfam

Blog: Haití: Tres aniversarios del terremoto; tres momentos de la reconstrucción

No puedo creer que ya hayan pasado tres años desde el terremoto que sacudió Haití en enero de 2010. Yo no estaba en Haití le 12 (expresión local para referirse al día del terremoto) y no pude ver con mis propios ojos la magnitud ni del caos ni de la solidaridad de las personas. Llegué meses más tarde, cuando se suponía que el proceso de reconstrucción debía comenzar, una vez los equipos de rescate y de emergencia hubieran hecho su trabajo.

A daunting task for 2013: mountain of waste in Croix-Desprez, Port-au-Prince. Photo: Agathe Nougaret/Oxfam

Blog: Haiti: Three earthquake commemorations, three steps in reconstruction

I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already since the earthquake hit in January 2010. I wasn’t in Haiti for “le 12” (“the 12th” a local term to refer to the earthquake), I didn’t witness the mayhem and great solidarity with my own eyes. I arrived months after, when the reconstruction process was supposed to kick-off, once rescue teams and emergency settlement professionals had done their job.

Photo of Kenia Laine standing in a rice field

Blog: Haiti, two years after the earthquake: “A better future for everyone”

Here we are, already marking the second anniversary of the deadly earthquake of January 2010. Nonetheless, I remember the events as if it were yesterday. I had only been in the classroom for 45 minutes as part of my Master’s degree program in History, Memory and Heritage when misfortune hit an already destitute country. I could not quite appreciate at the time how this event would become closely intertwined in the history and memory of our country.

Marguerite Ulysse holds her two-year-old daughter, Neika, who was born in a camp two days after the earthquake. Photo: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Blog: Haiti: Two years after the quake, some change but the pace is slow

Caroline Gluck retraces her steps and finds that the challenges many people in Haiti faced in the wake of the 2010 earthquake continue to persist – as does their hope for change.

I wasn’t looking forward to returning to Haiti. Two years ago, I was one of the first of Oxfam’s emergency team to fly to the island, arriving three days after it was hit by a devastating earthquake, which killed more than 220,000 people and left more than a million others homeless.

Volunteers and Oxfam Japan staff sort earthquake relief supplies

Blog: One month after the Japan earthquake and tsunami: A time for new beginnings

April marks a time for new beginnings in Japan: new school year, new jobs, and starting new lives. But for many Japanese this year, it has become not only a new beginning, but a beginning with many unknown implications and overshadowed by uncertainties.

Centre sportif IDP camp in Carrefour area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Toby Adamson/Oxfam

Blog: Haiti: Oxfam trains camp residents to manage water delivery

In the camps where Oxfam works in Port-au-Prince, displaced people are beginning to pay for their own water

For the hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors Oxfam has been working with in camps scattered across the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, now is a time of transition.

For more than a year, Oxfam has been providing free chlorinated water – up to 79 million gallons a month – to help prevent the spread of disease by ensuring people had a clean and reliable source for drinking and cooking.

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