Photo: John Sones/OxfamAUS

Since you asked

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Often, stories about aid work raise as many questions as they answer. So this year we’re trying something new with our annual water appeal. In addition to giving you first-person accounts from the people we work with, we’re also introducing an interactive Q&A feature.

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Waiting for water

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Carly Sheehan travels to the village of Dillo in Ethiopia, where Oxfam is currently reaching over 8,500 people with clean water.

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All hands to the pump

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It’s a race against time to get water equipment constructed before refugees arrive in a new camp near Dolo Ad, a village in the far south of Ethiopia, not far from the Somali border.

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Cleaning to a new beat

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A whole lot of shaking going on: in her latest dispatch from East Africa, Oxfam Australia’s Chee Chee Leung describes the unique method refugees in Dadaab use to keep their jerry cans clean…

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Smiling in Dadaab

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Amid the challenges and frustrations of life at Dadaab refugee camp, there are also some good reasons to smile, as these heart-warming videos attest.

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Cash-for-work in Kenya: Building latrines at Dadaab camp

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Our cash-for-work program in Dadaab is not only helping refugees earn vital income, but is also giving them a sense of purpose and dignity in conditions where it can be difficult to stay positive.

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Photo: Janna Hamilton/Oxfam

Giving women a voice in emergencies

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In emergency situations, women have specific needs – but often don’t get the chance to speak freely about them. In Dadaab refugee camp, we’ve been meeting with women to find out what we can do to make their lives a little easier.

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JJ Singano - a Oxfam public health engineer stands by a newly installed water tank at Dadaab refugee camp. 1400 refugees come to the camp each day and so JJ has to act fast to respond to the growing number of residents.

Clean water for Dadaab’s most vulnerable

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Oxfam is at Dadaab, supplying Somalian refugees on the camp’s outskirts with desperately needed water. Check out our photo gallery to see our specialist staff at work.

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Photo: Lara McKinley/OxfamAUS

Are corporations helping the global water crisis?

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Oxfam Australia have joined the global campaign calling for a critique of transnational corporations that are shaping the global response to the world water crisis.

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WASH on film: action

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After months of planning and organising, it was showtime for the WASH film, with an action-packed few days of filming.

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Photo: Maureen Bathgate/OxfamAus

Talking clean water at the WASH Conference

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Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is one of Oxfam’s key areas of expertise. So naturally, we’re pleased to be involved with the second WASH Conference in Brisbane later this month.

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Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Haiti: Oxfam trains camp residents to manage water delivery

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In the camps where Oxfam works in Port-au-Prince, displaced people are beginning to pay for their own water, an important step towards empowering them to take responsibility for the resource.

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Photo: Dustin Barter/OxfamAUS

WASH on film: setting the scene

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I’ve just returned from visiting tiny Pon Chea village where we began making our film about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). It’s really removed and remote, and a difficult location because the people here are so poor. However, the potential for improving people’s lives is amazing and that’s why Oxfam is here.

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Photo: Dustin Barter/OxfamAUS

Filming in Cambodia

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I’ve been working on the development of a film about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in rural Cambodia. Over the next few weeks I’ll share my experiences about the process.

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Spreading the clean water message in PNG

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In this short video, I talk to Krissy Nicholson, Oxfam’s Hygiene Promotion Coordinator, about our network of communty health promters in Papua New Guinea (PNG). These volunteers are helping Oxfam to spread the message about clean water and hygiene throughout their communities.

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Bucket hygiene kits saving lives in PNG

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Hygiene Promotion Coordinator, Krissy Nicholson, talks about Oxfam’s distribution of bucket hygiene kits, in the East Sepik region of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The kits are a simple and inexpensive solution that are helping to save lives, in the face of a cholera outbreak in the region.

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The faces of climate change: Henry

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Henry has a long history with Clayton, South Australia – he and his wife were the first residents there. Over the past few decades they have watched the town grow up around them, but at the same time they have witnessed the effects as the mouth of the Murray River has gradually dried up.

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Cholera outbreak in Haiti: This disease can’t beat us

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In central Haiti, the Artibonite province is awash in water. As we drive through the cholera-stricken region on Sunday, day three of our emergency cholera response, I see water everywhere – rice paddies, irrigation canals, small rivers, cesspools and puddles.

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Cholera outbreak in Haiti: Oxfam responds

Still recovering from a devastating 7.0 earthquake in January, impoverished Haiti is now dealing with an outbreak of the deadly, water-borne disease cholera. The fast-moving bacterial disease has killed 208 people so far and infected another 2,649 – mostly in rural areas of the Artibonite region, north of Port-au-Prince.

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Surrounded by a river of cholera: Part 2

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Part 2 in our series of posts from a unique village in Papua New Guinea that’s built entirely on the Sepik River. The community there faces may health challenges, and Oxfam is helping to reduce the risk of disease.

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Water in Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea has been one of the main recipients of Australian aid for more than 20 years. Yet in all of this time the percentage of population without clean water has remained at a pathetic 60%. Only two in five people have access to clean water – in a country that is closer to Australia than New Zealand.

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Surrounded by a river of cholera: Part 1

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Chris Johnson travels to Papua New Guinea to meet people in a very unique village unlike anywhere else on the planet. Kambaramba 1 literally rises up out of the Sepik River and is now surrounded by a deadly, invisible disease infecting the water the makes up its very foundation.

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Blog Action Day 2010: Water

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Today, Friday October 15th is Blog Action Day – a day when thousands of online communicators, campaigners, bloggers, commentators and activists come together to talk about one important topic. This year, that topic is WATER, and it’s something we at Oxfam are concerned about, and working on.

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Blog Action Day 2010

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We’re exited to be taking part in Blog Action day 2010 – on Friday 15th October we’ll join with thousands of bloggers around the world to collectively talk about: Water.

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