Oxfam continues to help rehabilitate communities struck by the 2004 tsunami and participates in initiatives that help women play an active role in the area's future.
On Sunday, December 26, 2004 a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off the north-west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. It unleashed a devastating tsunami that traveled thousands of kilometers across the Indian Ocean, taking with it more than 230,000 lives and millions of homes and livelihoods. Hardest hit were Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. However the waves travelled to Burma, Malaysia, Maldives, Seychelles, and the eastern coastlines of Madagascar and Somalia.
From day one, Oxfam was on the ground in India and Sri Lanka, working with long-established partners to help recover bodies, to provide urgently needed food, water and sanitation and to give voice to the hundreds of thousands of displaced people.
In addition to supporting the ongoing work of the Oxfam Internatiional Charitable Fund for Tsunami reconstruction in restoring people's livelihoods, their homes, and local infrastructure, Oxfam took on a leading role in funding initiatives to increase women's voice and choice in Sri Lanka.
- Increase the capacity of Community Service Organizations and government to provide and link a range of effective services such as health, counseling, economic support, shelter, legal advice, for those affected by gender-based violence.
- Enhance commitment to address gender-based violence by policy makers, legislators, and others in the legal/judicial systems.
- Increase attention to gender equality concerns in the peace-building, rehabilitation and reconstruction processes in the country.