Oxfam New Zealand's Water Programme Manager, Kate Medlicott, leaves for the disaster-struck region of northern Sri Lanka tonight. Medlicott (31), a water and sanitation engineer, leaves Auckland at 21:00 hours and is expected to arrive in Colombo late tomorrow. She will be met by Oxfam operational staff there and will proceed to the Tamil-controlled northern region to join the growing Oxfam team on the ground.
International agency Oxfam today urged the people of the world to hold their leaders accountable for the Tsunami Summit promises of around $NZ 5.4 billion in aid as well as action on debt relief to assist those countries devastated by the tsunami.
Employees of The Body Shop have been invited to donate an hour of their wages to the Oxfam Tsunami Emergency Appeal and the company will match the donations dollar for dollar.
Prime Television announced today it will be the exclusive New Zealand broadcaster of a special Tsunami Appeal Concert, live from the Sydney Opera House, Saturday 8th January at 8.30pm. Some of New Zealand and Australia's best-loved stars will appear in the live Australasia Unites: Reach Out To Asia concert.
As donors and politicians prepare to gather in Jakarta, Indonesia for the world summit for the tsunami disaster, international agency Oxfam warned them not to repeat the mistakes of the past and instead to commit to a comprehensive package of aid, debt relief and trade concessions for the countries affected by the tsunami disaster.
International agency Oxfam continues to fly in supplies and staff in response to the Asia crisis and is now seeing the aid delivery making a real difference to the lives of thousands of people hit by the disaster.
Oxfam is scaling up existing operations in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India to provide relief and rehabilitation for hundreds of thousands of people affected by the Boxing Day quake and Tsumami in South Asia that has so far killed over 126,000 and injured and displaced millions. Oxfam is also completing assessments in the Maldives and Somalia.
Oxfam New Zealand is deploying two New Zealand engineers up into the disaster-struck region of Aceh, Indonesia. The engineers, Dave Neru of Wellington and Les Collins of Queenstown, leave Auckland at 15.10 today and are expected to arrive in the city of Medan early tomorrow. They will be met by Oxfam operational staff there and will proceed to Banda Aceh as soon as helicopter or cargo plane transport can be arranged, to join the growing Oxfam team on the ground.
Oxfam fundraisers at public celebrations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Friday night were pleased with the public response to their presence. Many people commented that they were grateful to have the opportunity to donate, according to volunteer collectors. A lot of people have been deeply affected by what has happened and are grateful for the opportunity to do something to help.
International agency Oxfam today welcomed the statement by US Secretary of State Colin Powell that the US-led "core group" initiative to respond to the Asia tsunami disaster would support the United Nations, rather than duplicate its coordination role.