A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck China's Sichuan province on 12 May causing widespread destruction and leaving five million people homeless.
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Oxfam’s assessments in several earthquake-hit areas indicate that a large percentage of the population is urgent need of resettlement. In the town of Xiushui, in An Xian, Sichuan, hardly a building remains standing, and almost all of the survivors are homeless.
Education is widely acknowledged as a passport to a better future. But for many families in the remote island communities of Vanuatu, education is too expensive. Many young people leave school without a complete education or useful skills. So it was with singing and dancing that the Lorakau community on the southern island of Tanna recently celebrated the official opening of a new classroom at their local rural training centre.
My name is Pauline Komolong and I am writing to you from Papua New Guinea where I am Oxfam’s water engineer. I would like to tell you about our work with communities in the remote PNG Highlands, and about one community project in particular in Fane, where we constructed household water tanks.
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