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In years of responding to disasters, the destruction and logistical challenges caused by Haiti’s earthquake which struck on 12 January 2010, were amongst the worst Oxfam has ever encountered. Our Haiti response (coordinated from a makeshift office in a battered hut after our Port-au-Prince office had been destroyed) has been a story of obstacles overcome. As with the Asian Tsunami emergency almost five years earlier, public support for the Haiti disaster was overwhelmingly generous, with over $US 98 million raised to fund Oxfam’s humanitarian response. This report shows how Oxfam has utilised this earthquake response fund to help hundreds of thousands of people cope in the days, weeks and months following the disaster. One year on and Oxfam has achieved considerable success in a context of overwhelming ongoing human need. At the time of writing, we have reached over 500,000 people with our earthquake response program, and a further 700,000 people with activities to prevent the spread of cholera.
  www.oxfam.org Haiti Progress Report 2010  Front cover: Through its cash-for-work program, just one aspect of its livelihoods and food security programs, Oxfam has targeted 7,944 vulnerable families, paying able-bodied family members to meet their basic needs. Here in Tapis Rouge camp, Port-au-Prince, women and men are clearing rubble as part of a wider program to clean up the devastated city. Photo: Ivan Muñoz/Intermón Oxfam On 12 January, Oxfam will be remembering our lost colleagues,Pierre Amédée Marescot and Aurelus Auguste. Haiti Progress Report 2010  3 Foreword 12 January 2010 is a date that Oxfam will long remember. A major earthquake hit a heavily populated area in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. The relief operation was among the biggest Oxfam has ever undertaken, amid destruction and logistical challenges that were among the worst we have ever faced.Public support for the Haiti disaster response was overwhelmingly generous. Oxfam’s fundraising efforts, and the spontaneous reaction of many people worldwide, provided us with $98m with which to respond to the disaster.In the face of bereavement and personal loss, our Haiti team worked tirelessly to help survivors from day one, and have continued their efforts throughout this challenging year. In the rst week, they distributed plastic sheeting and tools to people on the streets and, with the National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation (DINEPA), organised the trucking of water to the largest camp, where it was distributed to 10,000 residents.Within a few weeks, we were ying in equipment through neighbouring Santo Domingo, transporting it overland to warehouses in Port-au-Prince. By the end of March we had reached 180,000 people in a congested capital city where installing emergency shelters and sanitation facilities has proved immensely challenging. And now – 12 months on – 500,000 people have benetted from our earthquake response work, and another 700,000 are the focus of our life-saving cholera prevention activities. There is no getting away from the huge challenge that lies ahead for the Haitian people, their government, and the aid agencies involved in humanitarian response. Oxfam, and other agencies, will continue to work tirelessly to help people survive these truly terrible circumstances – but we can only help them to thrive when the country is more stable and can deliver the public services that people need to recover fully. Everyone living and working in Haiti is dependent upon the government being able to take action, and on the concentrated and immediate support of bilateral and multilateral donors, to help rebuild this shattered country. Haiti Progress Report 2010  4 The Haiti earthquake will go down in history as one of the most devastating natural disasters of our time. The challenges of operating in the ruins of a cramped city, with accumulated rubble and massively damaged infrastructure have been almost insurmountable. But I am proud to say that Oxfam and other agencies have risen to this challenge. We have adapted tried-and-tested approaches in new areas and, together with our partner organizations and Haitian staff, have found strength in our ability to tackle obstacles and come up with creative solutions. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has given so generously, and helped to make our humanitarian response work in Haiti possible over the past year. Together we have achieved a lot, but we still have many challenges ahead as we move into 2011. Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive, Oxfam GB  Haiti Progress Report 2010 Residents of Port-au-Prince nd a path through fallen buildings that used to be their city streets. Photo: Jorge Silva, Reuters
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