Life-saving water


Access to clean water and sanitation is vital for people's survival, in particular children, and reduces their risk of suffering from life-threatening diseases.
 

In December 2012  the Volvo Group entered a partnership with the global charity organization Oxfam by making a donation to three projects designed to improve access to clean water and sanitation for communities in Haiti, Indonesia and Ethiopia who are impacted by natural disasters.  


Haiti
More than 220,000 people died and more than 1 million people were left homeless when Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake on 12 January 2010. Over 358,000 people are still living in refugee camps.

With the support of the Volvo Group, Oxfam proposes a project that will help 1,750 families relocate to safe areas and improved neighbourhoods. The project offers an array of activities in order to address the complexities associated to relocating thousands of people from the camps into established neighbourhoods both in and around Port au Prince. 



Haiti
Photo:
Jane Beesley/Oxfam 


Indonesia
Indonesia has experienced three catastrophic tragedies in recorded history; the Tambora Volcano eruption in 1815, the Krakatoa Volcano eruption in 1883, and the Aceh tsunami triggered by a giant earthquake in December 2004. Smaller scale disasters also occur every year such as floods, landslides and forest fire.

With the support of the Volvo Group, Oxfam proposes the implementation of community based disaster risk management in targeted villages, empowering local communities through capacity building and advocacy.



Indonesia
Photo:
Jane Beesley/Oxfam


Ethiopia

Ethiopia shares borders with six countries in a region where political, social and environmental challenges continue to cause massive displacement. As a result, the past three years have seen almost a three-fold increase in the number of refugees in the country.

With the support of the Volvo Group, Oxfam proposes to set up and manage water and sanitation infrastructure and services for a total targeted
population of 31,000 men, women and children.



Ethiopia
Photo:
Jane Beesley/Oxfam


Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries. For over 70 years, Oxfam has led the way in responding to disasters, and has become a world authority on emergency water and sanitation. Learn more about how Oxfam supply millions of people with clean, life-saving water.