The fetau tree not only offers protection from cyclones, tsunami and rising tides, but harvesting its oil could offer a new income stream for local communities. As part of its response to the tsunami that devastated the south coast of Samoa in September 2009, Oxfam and its partner, Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI), are supporting a programme to plant fetau trees along the damaged coast of Samoa.
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The majority of Indonesians live in poverty because of an unjust economic system. With its goal of alleviating poverty, Fairtrade is still an unfamiliar concept in Indonesian society, but Forum Fair Trade Indonesia (FFTI) aims to promote the movement to local consumers and the government. Without the understanding and support of the local community, Fairtrade will not grow. With the support of Oxfam New Zealand, FFTI hopes to strengthen Fairtrade activities in Indonesia and improve market access for local producers so they can compete fairly in the economy.
For the 5000 people now living in Coraille camp 15km outside Port-au-Prince, life is certainly more comfortable and easier than in the months after the earthquake. Oxfam and other NGOs are supporting the people in the camp with a range of basic services such as shelter, water, latrines and food. The camp is designated as a temporary relocation site, but nobody knows how long people will live here.
Marie Carole Boursiquot was one of 56 women who ran Oxfam’s first community canteens in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake. Oxfam supported her financially so she could feed 80 of the most vulnerable people in her community and make a profit as a first step to regaining her own means of subsistence.
Elsie Delva is from Carrefour Feuilles, a poor neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince. She lost everything in the earthquake. Like thousands of other women and men who lost their livelihoods, she has the right to start rebuilding her life.
Deep in the remote, mountainous valleys of Papua, several thousand indigenous farmers are growing high quality organic arabica coffee. Chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides are not used, making the coffee rare and valuable.
A renewed peace agreement has been secured in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea thanks to the hard work of Oxfam’s partner, the Kup Women for Peace (KWP). Just over two years ago, the hard-won peace that they had brokered in the 1990s was ruptured. But now after the group facilitated meetings with key leaders from the warring tribes a new peace treaty has been signed.
One year on after the devastating flooding, hundreds of thousands of Pakistani people remain in camps. Oxfam is on the ground providing food, clean water, sanitation kits and hygiene supplies.
For many years Oxfam supported the drama group, Wan Smolbag, with their work to increase awareness and demystify issues around reproductive health, in particular sexually transmitted diseases and HIV and AIDS.
In 2010 poor harvests and water shortages threatened the lives of over 10 million people across West Africa. Oxfam launched an emergency programme to provide support to 400,000 people in Niger, 100,000 people in Mali and 100,000 people in Chad.