Oxfam works to protect people from disasters and conflict because every human being has a right to live in safety. We work with local organizations and governments to save lives in emergencies and reduce future disaster risks. A key focus: help local partners strengthen their skills as first responders and as advocates for a more secure future.
When an emergency hits, we provide people with the assistance they need to survive – clean water, sanitation facilities, food, health and nutrition advice, and shelter. Right now, Oxfam Canada is responding to a number of humanitarian emergencies around the globe.
Nearly 7.6 million people remain in urgent need in South Sudan following the conflict that broke out in December 2013. Over 4 million people have fled their homes and sought refuge within neighboring countries.
Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, is in the midst of a massive humanitarian crisis that only continues to deteriorate. As many as 22 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 17 million people are now considered food insecure.
This is the largest hunger emergency in the world. While there are differences between each of these crises, we know that each situation will get worse in the coming months unless urgent help is delivered to those at risk.
Approximately 13.5 million people are in urgent need in Syria. Women and children have been particularly affected by the violence. Oxfam has reached over 2 million people impacted by the Syria crisis, across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. With your support we can reach more.
1,200 people have died and 43 million people have been hit by the monsoon rains and heavy flooding in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. Photo: Communities affected by the floods in Assam, India. Image Credit: Oxfam India
Ram Prasad Sapkota (62) of Tripureshwor VDC, 35 km from HQ Dhadingbesi of Dhading district mends his house, which collapsed during the earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale in April 25 2015. He is one of the earthquake survivors who received rice seeds distributed by Oxfam and our partner, Small Farmer Agricultural Cooperative Federation (SFACF). Credit Jes Aznar / Oxfam.