In 2008, Oxfam committed to delivering long-term access to clean water for 10,000 people affected by the hurricanes in the Artibonite district of Haiti. In addition, Oxfam committed to improving the environmental conditions in these areas through new latrines and clean-up programs. Through the creation of community public health teams, Oxfam committed to promote community involvement and action to improve knowledge around water and health in the community. At the same time, distribution of plastic sheeting for shelter was integrated into this project.
Life-sustaining, immediate assistance to cope with the devastating impacts of the recent hurricanes as a primary step towards local community empowerment and its long-term development.
-15 liters per person per day of clean water provided to 10,000 people
-Sources of water are secured and protected
-Areas targeted are cleared of mud and rubble; latrines constructed
-Teams of health promoters are established that will begin work on the immediate response but will continue to work on long-term issues of access to health care and community action.