Beyond safeguards: why advocacy is critical

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Systems and safeguards are critical measures to prevent abuse and protect the rights of women and girls. But sexual misconduct, from Hollywood to Haiti, has revealed a much deeper issue: unfair distributions of power.

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Haiti’s urban garden project: planting the seeds for a better future

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In one of Port-au-Prince’s most earthquake-damaged districts, Oxfam is helping find land for residents to grow their own vegetables. As this slide show indicates, the project is already paying off in many ways.

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Returning to Haiti: 2 years on

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By Caroline Gluck, Oxfam I wasn’t looking forward to returning to Haiti. Two years ago, I was one of the first of Oxfam’s emergency team to fly to the island, arriving three days after it was hit by a devastating earthquake, which killed more than 220,000 people and left over a million homeless. It was […]

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Open for business in Haiti

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By Jane Beesley, Oxfam The earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 resulted in one of the largest emergencies in recent years – killing over 220,000 people, displacing more than 1.5 million and devastating an already poor and weak economy. Today many people struggle to find work with many businesses no longer operating or struggling […]

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An economic lifeline for women in rural Haiti

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By Oxfam’s Humanitarian Press Officer, Caroline Gluck “Unemployment is the only thing we have here”, declared Dumel Deralus, smiling grimly as we sat in the shell of a concrete building that will soon be a new expanded home for the Organisation for Community Development in Thomazeau, (ODECT), an Oxfam partner working to improve economic and […]

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Cholera strikes Haiti again

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In late May 2011, a new outbreak of cholera emerged in Haiti’s Carrefour area, south of Port-au-Prince. Oxfam is responding to the situation, coordinating our work with other agencies in the area.

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Haiti: displaced people facing eviction from camps

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Fewer people are living in Haiti’s camps now than at the peak of the earthquake crisis, but not all chose to leave. Many were evicted by landowners, finding themselves in worse situations than before.

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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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Supporting 9,000 in a camp in Haiti

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Richard Atkinson visits Corrail camp in Haiti, where Oxfam is providing water and sanitation after January 2010’s earthquake.

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Urban Disasters – Lessons from Haiti

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What are the lessons aid agencies can learn from the Haiti earthquake? This short video summarises the findings of the Development Emergencies Commission UK Haiti urban study “Urban Disasters — Lessons from Haiti”. The study looks at member agencies responses to Haiti, highlighting practical lessons that should guide future urban disaster responses.

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Haiti: A year in the life of Marie Carole Boucicaut

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We follow one year in the life of Marie Carole Boucicaut, whose Port-au-Prince grocery store was destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake. Thanks to her strong spirit, and support from Oxfam, she’s now back on her feet.

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Thanks to prevention, fear of cholera is dissipating in Haiti

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

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Rebuilding Haiti: Latrines change lives

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Follow the flies. That was the idea behind a simple but eye-opening public health lesson Oxfam brought to the people of Tapion, a small community in the Haitian hills of Petit Goave. This lesson helped change their lives in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti a year ago.

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Haiti: after the quake – preventing disease

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Oxfam is working in earthquake-affected areas of Haiti to provide clean water and sanitation as a means to prevent serious outbreaks of disease. Oxfam has built latrines and bathing stalls, and provided basic necessities, such as soap and toothbrushes to thousands of people living temporarily in camps, and is extending these services to hundreds of thousands more at risk of cholera.

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Haiti one year on: creating jobs to help rebuild lives

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A year after the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on 12 January 2010, 80% of Haitians still lack any formal employment. In this video we introduce some of the individuals we’re supporing in Haiti to help rebuild the local economy.

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New hygiene habits in Haiti offer a glimmer of hope

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Promoting health and hygiene is a major challenge in Haiti. In addition to barriers such as inadequate sanitary conditions and limited access to clean water, popular beliefs are one the most difficult barriers to overcome.

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Protecting the vulnerable in Port-au-Prince

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Johny Estor of Oxfam Great Britain talks about his work as a protection officer in his native city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Clean water in Haiti: cholera update

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Our water engineers and program staff in Haiti are teaching people how to purify their water supplies to stop the spread of cholera. In this video, staff in the Artibonite region talk about the techniques they’re using, and demonstrate how they’re checking the purified water to make sure it’s safe to drink.

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Rebuilding communities in Haiti: video update

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Carrefour Feuilles, in Port-au-Prince, was one of the neighbourhoods hardest hit by the earthquake. In this video, Oxfam International media officer Julie Schindall talks about how Oxfam is helping members of this community to rebuild their lives.

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Haiti cholera outbreak – video update

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Julie Schindall, Oxfam’s media officer in Haiti, discusses our public health work in response to the Cholera outbreak in Haiti.

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When will things let up for Haiti?

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In the past ten months, a country that initially faced extreme poverty has dealt with a devastating earthquake, heavy rains and storms, and now a fast-spreading cholera epidemic. For outsiders, Haiti’s recovery seems frustratingly slow. For organizations working here, the question is where to start?

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Cholera in Haiti – Oxfam working to stem spread

With cases of cholera confirmed in camps for displaced people in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oxfam redoubles its efforts to halt the epidemic.

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Haiti aid "maxed" as hurricane looms

With Hurricane Tomas bearing down on Haiti and expected to make landfall on Friday, Oxfam is worried about the ability of the humanitarian community to mount a third simultaneous emergency response in Haiti while still responding to January’s earthquake and the cholera outbreak earlier this month.

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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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