Football players chasing the ball in the sand

Blog: Football promotes hygiene changes in Somalia

Sports can be used as a tool for change to address social issues, including water and sanitation issues.

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.

Water quality check, Petite Rivière (Artibonite, Haiti). Credit: Toby Adamson/Oxfam

Blog: Thanks to prevention, fear of cholera is dissipating in Haiti

Since the first cases of cholera appeared in Haiti in October 2010, Oxfam has taken specific action to prevent the disease. We have reached more than 700,000 Haitians with sanitation and hygiene promotion programs since. Sophie Martin Simpson, Oxfam’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Haiti, explains what Oxfam and local communities have achieved.

Oxfam technicians repair a damaged hand pump in Pathuon West. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: South Sudan: Oxfam improves access to water in remote communities

“I used to fight. If I hadn't fought, my family would have had nothing to drink”, said Arek Mondeng, a 13-year old girl from southern Sudan when asked about her experience in fetching water from other villages.

25 teams totaling 620 people have cleared 20,000 meters of drainage channel in 28 days. Photo: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Blog: Haiti: Saving the sewers of Cite Soleil

Cite Soleil has a bad reputation. It’s a no-go area. But going there turned out to be a real privilege for Jane Beesley.

Marie Therese, 7, using Oxfam sanitation services at Corail resettlement camp, Port au Prince, Haiti. Credit: Ana Caistor Arendar/Oxfam

Blog: Haiti: Life in the camps continues

Ana Caistor Arendar visits the Corail re-settlement camp just outside Port au Prince, where Oxfam’s water and sanitation program is providing essential services to thousands of people.

Blog: World Water Day – The World’s Longest Toilet Queue

Where I live, we take water for granted. It falls out of the sky at more than regular intervals and I don’t have a clue what I’d do if I turned on the tap or flushed the toilet and nothing happened. In most places around the world, people buy bottles of water without even thinking about where it came from. As World Water Day is next week, I’ve been thinking about the fact that this makes us extremely lucky.

Blog: Journée mondiale de l’eau – La plus longue file d’attente devant les toilettes.

Là où je vis, on ne prend pas l’eau au sérieux. Elle tombe du ciel à des intervalles plus que réguliers et je n’ai aucune idée de ce que je ferais si j’ouvrais le robinet ou tirais la chasse et que rien ne se passait. Dans la plupart des endroits du monde les gens achètent de l’eau en bouteille sans même se demander d’où elle provient.

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