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Community Health Volunteers receiving training in Clara Town, Liberia, November 2014. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: Oxfam's 10 lessons for working with communities to fight Ebola

Following the news of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), here’s a summary of lessons learned from Oxfam’s community engagement during the 2014–15 Ebola response in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Duoi checking hygiene kits in Yemen. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Diary of an Oxfam aid worker

Originally from the Philippines, Oxfam humanitarian aid worker Duoi Ampilan has helped people facing disaster all over the world. Here, he tells us why his job is now more important than ever.

Kilometres of crushed banana plantations in Compostela Valley province, The Phllippines. Foto: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Blog: The Philippines: Don't they know it's Christmas?

In the Philippines, a strongly Catholic country, the first signs of Christmas appear months before the actual event: shops playing Christmas carols on their audio loops, brightly decorated trees, neon Santas and reindeers are colourfully displayed outside shops and plazas. It is hard to get away from the holiday over-load.

But in Compostela Valley province, on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, there are no obvious signs that one of the most important festive and religious dates in the country’s calendar is just days away.

Blog: Oxfam number three in Top 100 Best NGOs

Robert Fox, Oxfam Canada’s Executive Director, discusses The Global Journal ranking of Oxfam as number three on the world’s Top 100 Best NGOs list.

Ekimat Maraha's fingerprint confirms she has received her monthly cash allowance, Turkana, Kenya. Photo: Caroline Berger/Oxfam

Blog: Somali NGOs response to the food crisis: a true beacon

This past weekend in Nairobi I was privileged to meet Guhad Muhammad Adan, an impressive, young Kenyan-Somali with a real determination to tackle some of the key issues facing the Somali people. Over the best part of two hours, Guhad outlined the work of Somali NGO Social-Life and Agricultural Development Organisation (SADO), as it responds to the tragic humanitarian situation gripping his country.

Flash-flooding blocks streets in Dakar, Senegal. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Green in Pikine: Disaster risk reduction in Senegal

In my second day in Dakar, Senegal, a massive but short-lived rain-storm hit the city and suddenly we found ourselves driving in half a meter of water in the main-streets of the city. It had got hotter and hotter, increasingly humid and then simply bucketed down for about 4 hours.

Oxfam's partner ALDEF delivers WFP food to Jowhar village, Wajir. Photo: Anna Ridout/Oxfam

Blog: The East Africa food crisis was not inevitable and solutions exist

The drought in East Africa is an urgent humanitarian crisis, but one which also highlights the underlying problems people face in having sustainable and affordable access to food.

Community water tank, Waridaad village, Somaliland. Photo: Alun McDonald/Oxfam

Blog: The effects of drought in East Africa: 7.5 liters of water per person per day

After nearly 11 months without a drop of rain, all of the traditional water sources in Waridaad village, Somaliland, dried up. Oxfam partners Havoyoco have been trucking in clean water every day. The water is pumped into these community tanks, from where each family queues up to fill their jerrycans.

Des chameaux et leurs chameliers rassemblés autour d'un point d'eau, en Somalie. Photo : Oxfam

Blog: Speed is crucial, as Somalia faces biggest crisis in over a decade

Adan Kabelo, the head of Oxfam GB’s work in Somalia, writes from Lower Juba in southern Somalia, where a devastating drought and ongoing conflict has left people facing starvation:

An old man walks on a long dirt track through a savanna landscape.

Blog: Sudan: What’s next for Abyei?

As humanitarian organizations and the UN strive to meet the immediate needs of displaced people, Oxfam is calling on the UN Security Council to ensure that the new peacekeeping mission in Sudan makes protecting civilians from violence its top priority.

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