I am a public health promotion assistant and we have three activities here in Mingkamen – latrines, garbage collection and water monitoring. I move around and supervise the different activities – I monitor the garbage collection and go to all the water points to collect data. I also check the toilets and make sure they have been cleaned.
To mark International Women’s Day in HECA. We are celebrating all things women for the next 10 days. Women who have inspired our work in their own special way…women doing small things for a bigger impact within and for their communities.
As inspired by the late Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, we are celebrating our own ‘humming birds’. In many occasions, Wangari used the story of the humming bird to inspire people to do the best that they can instead of standing on the sidelines watching while the world needs us all. This reference comes from an African parable that depicts the hummingbird working tirelessly to put out a forest fire while the other animals stood around and watched. It is an inspiring story about being able to overcome enormous challenges with determination and courage. You can hear Prof Maathai recount the story here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-btl654R_pY
Somalia has gathered headlines over the years as a difficult place for women to live, due to continuing food shortages and ongoing insecurity throughout the country. But the famine is now over, and conditions there have been changing. These days, the outside world hears very little about what life is like for the average Somali woman.
Blog post by Oxfam media officer Geno Teofilo on a visit to South Sudanese refugee centres in northern Uganda:
Blog post by Oxfam Novib Executive Director Farah Karimi on her visit to South Sudanese refugee centres in northern Uganda:
Again, when I touch the sensitive subject of security, all I see is discomfort and eyes wandering off to avoid mine. On Friday I met with another young woman, a girl in fact, who is so uncomfortable speaking about the topic, in this camp for South Sudanese refugees in Arua, North Uganda.
On Tuesday morning we received bad news from Malakal. The Oxfam team there reported heavy military attacks on the capital of Upper Nile State. Our colleagues, who were working on health promotion with the people living in the UN Compound, had to move to the bunkers in the base. They are still waiting for the fighting to decrease, when they will likely be evacuated.
“Even if peace would come, we cannot return home. We are not safe.” Read the rest of the entry »
Welcome to the youngest nation in the world, South Sudan. A place burdened with a violent and painful history of armed combat for independence, and the poorest country by almost every standard – a shocking 83% of women are illiterate and there’s the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
From Goma to Addis Ababa for the 22nd African Union Summit and the launch of Oxfam’s latest protection report.February 17th, 2014 by Louise Williams Posted in Conflict, DR Congo, Displacement, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Land, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, Water/sanitation, Women's rights | No Comments »
“I set out from Goma, in eastern Congo, with Oxfam partners Eudoxie Nziavake and Jean-Pierre Baludi for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. It wasn’t a promising start to our journey. The road that traces the hills between the Congolese border and Kigali airport is a bendy one, a tough test for the strongest stomach – I won’t mention any names but the going was tough and breaks had to be frequent. But we made it to the airport in time for tea and cake before boarding the flight to Addis Ababa.
“Previously we used 80 litres of diesel to run the generator at this borehole and that cost us 10,000 ksh per day, but today with the solar water pumps,its virtually free!” – Adan Q Yussuf, Chairperson Abakore Water Users Association.”
For over 25 years, Abdia Salah Mohamed, has drawn water from the Abakore Borehole 1(BH1) in Wajir County for her domestic use. “Often there were a lot of congestion at this water point especially during drought when neighbouring shallow wells and water pans dried up or when fuel deliveries to run other pumps delayed for one reason or another,” Explains Abdia. . “As a result I used to spend a lot of time here, sometimes up to three hours waiting for my turn to get water. This has changed now since the installation of the solar powered pump, I now spend less than 30 minutes!” She adds.