Mobile money breaks the cash drought in Zimbabwe

At the height of the drought in Zimbabwe, our mobile cash transfers gave Florence and her family a rare glimpse of hope. We gave Florence a mobile phone so she could receive cash transfers via text to pay for basic food items.

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Helen Szoke in South Sudan: Hope in a time of hunger

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This month Oxfam Chief Executive Helen Szoke visited Oxfam programs in South Sudan delivering clean water, sanitation and vital humanitarian assistance to families facing hunger and famine.

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The women of Somaliland: stories of strength and survival

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The women of Eastern Somaliland are being pushed to the edge, desperately seeking food for their children as their country stands on the brink of famine. We met with six women who told us their stories of strength and survival.

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A mother’s marathon for water in Zimbabwe

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In Zimbabwe, mothers like Ida literally walk a marathon every day, to provide water for their children. The countless hours spent traipsing to collect water takes time that should be spent working or learning — this entrenches the cycle of poverty.

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Yemen on the brink: conflict is pushing millions towards famine

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More than two years of brutal conflict in Yemen have forced millions of families to leave their homes, and pushed many more to the brink of famine. 60 percent of the population are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition.

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Tackling poverty by changing minds, systems and lives

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How you are joining forces with people who share the belief that no-one should live in poverty, to empower communities to build better lives for themselves.

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As violence worsens in Aleppo, Oxfam is working to keep Syrians healthy and safe

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The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate after a failed ceasefire, and Oxfam is working to restore safe water and ensure that people can access sanitation and hygiene supplies.

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Carrying the weight of war: portraits along the road to Rubaya

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To survive, men, women and children transport goods along the dirt road carrying everything from coal to vegetables. Some people are walking for four days just to sell a bag of potatoes.

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Papua New Guinea: Six-year-old Jane* survived a brutal assault by four men which left her hospitalised and permanently scarred. Photo: Vlad Sokhin.

What can you walk past?

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Affecting one in three women globally, violence against women and girls is an epidemic in need of urgent and sustained action. Last week, women from across the Pacific, as well as Aboriginal leaders, and Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive, Helen Szoke, met in the Solomon Islands to help turn this around.

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They survived the violence, but they can’t survive without clean water

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“There is only one activity in the community — surviving.” Louise and her family escaped armed rebels, but now they face a new danger — deadly, dirty water.

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A man is hauled from the rubble in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake.

One year after disaster, you’re building a stronger Nepal

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A year ago a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Thousands of Oxfam supporters took action and generously donated. In this blog, you’ll meet just some of the people whose lives have changed thanks to your response.

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The benefits of clean water in 6 beautiful photos

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Oxfam is providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in some of the world’s poorest countries. In fact, it’s one of the things we do best. View six beautiful photographs that showcase the benefits of clean water after an emergency and in our long-term development work.

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Honkeo in her role as a Community Fishery Facilatator.

Women champions conserving the environment for the next generation

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Honkeo has a big vision: to empower Indigenous communities and to help them conserve their natural resources for the next generation: ““Nature is life for our indigenous communities … If women know their roles, they will contribute more”. Discover the life-changing work Oxfam does in the Mekong.

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Irene smiles with holding two of her children in Zambia

These women are fighting against extreme poverty … with bananas.

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Every day Irene would risk her life to water her crops and feed her children. Today, she’s a co-producer at an award-winning banana farm and changing the future for her family. Discover how Oxfam and you make a difference to people in poverty around the world.

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Omar*, 13, from Daraa in Syria, flies a kite in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. “Every time I fly my kite, I feel free,” he says. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

10 things you should never have to do in a refugee camp

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These refugees are living in camps or among local communities in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. In total, 12 million Syrians – more than half of the pre-war population – are in need of humanitarian assistance for basics like food, water and shelter. They are trying their best to survive and live their lives despite the hardship and devastating impacts of the war still raging in their homeland.

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Staff from Oxfam and partner organisations distributing emergency kits in Womkama, PNG.

Super-charged El Niño brings Papua New Guinea’s worst drought in 20 years

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Papua New Guinea is experiencing its worst drought since the devastating 1997 crisis. This year’s drought and severe frosts — caused by a ‘super El Niño’ climate event — are making the situation much worse.

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Why clean water is vital in the fight against malnutrition

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Niger has more malnourished children than almost anywhere in the world. But Nurse Alassane Amadu has seen big changes in his community since the arrival of clean water and hygiene.

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Oxfam is now working on some exciting cyclone recovery initiatives including partnerships with disabled persons’ organisations and community-based women’s groups in Shefa province.

When disaster strikes for people with disability

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People with disability already face many barriers to enjoying equal access and inclusion in society. So in the face and aftermath of disaster and conflict, people with disability are particularly vulnerable.

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Niger has a serious malnutrition crisis and mothers like Binta risk losing their children

It’s the simple things that lift families out of despair

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Malnutrition is a serious problem in countries like Niger — children die every day. But Oxfam supporters are providing simple but life-changing items to tackle a vicious cycle.

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Mekong dams threaten the ethnic group of Shan.

Her voice is strong: Nang Shining works to save 40,000 homes

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In southern Myanmar, a dam is being built which will flood an area the size of Singapore and impact more than 200,000 people. Nang Shining grew up in a community that’s threatened by the dam, and has become a powerful voice for the rights of people in her community.

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Mekong Forum Theatre participants

Oxfam brings Mekong communities’ perspectives to the stage

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Local communities can be resettled as a result of the building of dams — and it effects men and women differently. Using a technique called Forum Theatre, the Mekong Regional team demonstrated power dynamics to more than 300 scientists, researchers and global experts .

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Mariama lost her child due to malnutrition. A lack of clean water meant proper medical treatment could not be provided.

The difference between life and death

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Mariama lived through a mother’s worst nightmare. Now she lives with her grief — and the pain of knowing her daughter’s two short years were filled with sickness.

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The goats that gave hope

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In Nhongue village in Mozambique, hunger is real threat. But since the arrival of her goats, Recelia and her family can access food, medicine and go to school.

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Oxfam Unwrapped goats have helped Americo Moses, 46 (pictured), become a Community Veterinary Promotor

The goats that educated a family

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Oxfam Unwrapped helps put people in touch with life-changing goats in more ways than one. As a community veterinary promoter, Americo now has a reliable source of income; one that’s changed the life of his family forever. 

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