water and sanitation

Workers are racing to restore a building. The water mark can still be seen above the door.

Blog: Flood-ravaged Vietnam: Assessing the water, sanitation and hygiene situation

Humanitarian Program Manager Manish Mehta shared an experience on his first trip to Vietnam to do an assessment on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Ha Tinh, the province worst hit by double floods in Central Vietnam – the devastating flooding was as high as eight meters in some areas.

Rene Marie Dominique delante de las letrinas de Oxfam en el campo Union Adventiste, Puerto Príncipe. Autor: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Blog: Mi vida como superviviente del terremoto de Haití

Vanessa es una superviviente del terremoto que azotó a Haití el 12 de enero y que produjo unas 250.000 víctimas mortales y más de 300.000 heridos. Nos habla de sus experiencias tras el terremoto y de su vida seis meses después. Desde hace poco trabaja en Oxfam como asistente en promoción de la higiene y salud pública.

Imaginen que son ustedes los que están aquí

Rene Marie Dominique and Oxfam latrines at Union Adventiste camp, Port-au-Prince. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Blog: Life as a survivor of the Haiti earthquake

Vanessa, a survivor of the earthquake that struck Haiti, on 12 January, killing an estimated 222,500 people and injuring more than 300,000 others, tells us of her experiences of the earthquake, and life six months on.

Sanitation teams are installing latrines and showers on the temporary resettlement site. Credit: Julie Schindall/Oxfam

Blog: Haiti: A dusty resettlement

What an intense week!

About 10 days ago, we found out that the government of Haiti identified a site for temporary location of homeless people living in flood-prone settlements in Port-au-Prince. They took two months to identify the site and we had one week to prepare it.

People wait for water at Petionville Golf Club, where Oxfam used the course irrigation system to distribute water. Credit: Liz Lucas/Oxfam

Blog: How are you marking World Water Day?

floods, drought, glaciers meltprecious resources wastedclean water saves lives

Today is World Water Day so I've rounded up some stories and links to give a sense of what Oxfam and our partners are doing to help people access clean water for drinking and hygiene.

Tom Mahin working at Impasse Fouget. Credit: Kenny Rae/Oxfam

Blog: Oxfam in Haiti: Water arrives at Impasse Fouget

Oxfam humanitarian response specialist Kenny Rae is currently in Haiti working on the recovery effort. Here’s his latest blog from Port-au-Prince.

Twelve-year-old Samuel swings a pick to build a drainage channel for his family. Photo: Kenny Rae/Oxfam America

Blog: Haiti: Lots of priorities, little time

It’s my first week back in Port-au-Prince after a respite in Boston. Last night was uncomfortable; not physically, as the tent is now packed away and I’m sharing a room in a down-at-heel hotel on a hill distantly overlooking the harbor. But listening to the rain, I knew that my conditions were luxurious compared to tens of thousands of families below in the city.

Construction de latrine dans le cadre du programme d'Oxfam "argent contre travail" Club de Pétionville, Delmas 48, Port-au-Prince. Crédit: Coco McCabe / Oxfam

Blog: Avec la pluie, il est urgent de repenser l’installation d’abris et des structures sanitaires.

En fin de semaine dernière, une forte pluie s’est abattue sur Port-au-Prince, la capitale haïtienne, augmentant l’angoisse des centaines de milliers de personnes qui vivent dans des abris improvisés depuis qu’un tremblement de terre dévastateur a presque tout ravagé en janvier.

Digging latrines, Oxfam's cash-for-work program, Petionville Club, Delmas 48, Port-au-Prince. Credit: Coco McCabe/Oxfam

Blog: With rain, urgency grows for shelter and sanitation in Haiti's capital

Late last week, rain doused the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, heightening the dread of hundreds of thousands of people there who have been living in makeshift shelters since a massive earthquake destroyed great swaths of their city in January.

Hemos construido un tanque de 45.000 litros de agua que estamos distribuyendo en todo el campo de golf. Autor: OxfamNuestro tanque  con capacidad para  45.000 litros sirve garantizar el suministro de agua en el campo de golf. Autor: Oxfam

Blog: Honrar a los perdidos y reconstruir a partir de los escombros

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