|In Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, women like Sivarasi, Makasewari, and Valliyamma have returned to prawn fishing with new nets and materials provided by Oxfam. Photo: Howard Davies/Oxfam|
Oxfam closed the final elements of its tsunami aid programme in 2009.
- 2.5 million people helped
- 10,800 wells, 2900 houses, 102 schools, 31 bridges built
- 100km of roads cleared and constructed
Oxfam worked in seven tsunami-hit countries: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand and Somalia.
In the wake of the disaster, which killed 227,000
people and left 1.7 million homeless, Oxfam concentrated on immediate needs, emergency shelter, water supply and public health.
As the programmes grew, work focused on helping people make a living and also on efforts to address some of the obstacles survivors faced, such as land rights.
Hundreds of thousands of people are now living in better conditions than they were before the tsunami thanks to the generosity of people around the world.
In total, Oxfam International received NZ$500 million, more than 90 per cent of it donated by the public. A handful of programmes continued into 2009, but all money was transferred to affiliates and partners by the end of 2008. Less than five per cent of the fund has been spent on essential administration.
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By the fifth anniversary of the 2004 Asian tsunami, December 26, 2009, international agency Oxfam will close the last few remaining tsunami aid projects having helped approximately 2.5 million people. The tsunami response was the largest aid effort Oxfam has ever undertaken in its 67-year history.
International development agency Oxfam is preparing to close its response to the Indian Ocean tsunami at the end of this month, four years after the disaster. Oxfam and its local partner organisations assisted 2.5 million people in seven tsunami-affected countries in the largest emergency programme in its history.