Cash for work scheme changing lives in Haiti

Emergencies article written on the 12 Apr 2010

Photo: Oxfam Canada

As well as providing, latrines, clean water, emergency shelter, other basic needs to people affected by the Haiti earthquake, Oxfam is also helping them to earn vital income through our cash-for-work scheme.

Oxfam’s cash-for-work scheme is paying people to clean up the camps – this allows people to purchase food from markets which have now re-opened. It also gives them a crucial sense of purpose as most people have no jobs and nothing to do. Our experience has shown us that people prefer money to goods or food, that way they have the power to buy the provisions they need.