Oxfam is currently present in 6 locations
in Aceh, with 456 staff ( 405 national + 51 international):
- Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar, based in the central office in Banda Aceh;
- Aceh Barat, based in Meulaboh and with a sub-office in Arongan;
- Lamno and its surroundings, in Aceh Jaya district;
- Calang and its surroundings, in Aceh Jaya district;
- East Coast, based in Lhokseumawe with a sub-office in Sigli.
- Nias Island based in Gunungsitoli
1. Weekly Highlights
- In Calang information boards are being
built to increase visibility of project work in beneficiary communities
- 108 households were assisted in Lhoksamawue
with temporary shelter kits in Kuta Krueng and Kuta Geulumpang Villages
in Samudera Sub-District, Aceh Utara. Cash for Work activities were carried
out in 5 villages to clean the fishpond and canals
- The school bus in Lamno still running and providing an extremely valuable service for the children.
2. Brief operational update per project area
Aceh Besar (includes Banda Aceh)
- 7 livelihood activities started in Gampong
Baru, 8 in Lampaya and 1 in Lamreh with activities focused on poultry breeding
(hen and cock), selling fish or coconuts, small traders etc. The majority
of the livelihood activities focused on women, with 122 female and 22 male
- The number of people involved in Cash
for Work was 797 (306 female and 491 male) from 16 villages working on
average day around 7 days. Many of the activities remained focused on clean-up
- The Information Team has now completed
basic assessments on 30 Barracks located in the Aceh Besar and Banda Aceh
- This week 105 wells were rehabilitated,
3 boreholes were constructed and 3 rehabilitated, 6 latrines were constructed
and 4 bathing units constructed and 49 rehabilitated.
- Thames Pam Jaya Has handed over their
water treatment plant in Krueng Raya, which will be operated by the villagers
with support from Oxfam.
- The Northwest team is covering 22 returnee
sites and has constucted 2 latrines(total to date 267. Drainage improvements
where done in 7 sites and 30 wells were decontaminated ( total of 368).
The number of bathing units constructed to date is 191, an additional 3
have been rehabilitated
- The South West team is working in 25
returnee locations. 12 wells were decontaminated in Jeneu(total this week
is 57, total to date 91), and another water pump completed 35 units in
Lam Hasan, 5 units in Lampaya and 5 units in Mon Ikeun. Forty-nine bathing
units were rehabilitated this week in 3 villages (35 in Lam Hasan, 12 in
Jeneu and 2 in Lampaya) bringing total till date to 113 rehab bathing units.The
SWM activities included 1 permanent rubbish bin in Nusa, making total permanent
rubbish bins available of 2 units
- The Central team is working in 29 locations.
The team have constructed 2 new latrines units (making a total of 68) and
2 bathing areas (making a total of 74 areas). In addition, 16 wells were
decontaminated (5 in Gano and 11 in Alue Deah Teungoh.
- The Pulo Aceh team have decontaminated
18 wells and constructed 1 meeting place in Dedap.
- The Solid Waste Management team collected
and disposed off solid waste from 36 sites was this week, and increase
of 3 additional sites compared to last week. There were 81 pick-up collections
this week (63 last week).
- To date, 1,513,000 litres of water was
supplied to 59 sites around Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar to approximately
- This week's NFI distribution included 47 stoves to Gambong Bahru, materials for a community centre, 2120 sheets of zinc for roofing, and 208 emergency shelter tents distributed to 15 villages.
Aceh Jaya (Lamno Programme)
- All 17 tailoring groups are now operating
and producing uniforms. Currently there are 70 participants (5 men and
65 women). A total of 340 uniforms have been distributed to boys and girls
aged 7 to 17. A further 150 are ready for distribution. Oxfam will maintain
monitoring and plans to set-up a further 19 work groups over the next few
- 21MT of rice seed has been delivered
to 14 communities and will benefit 894 farmers. This is sufficient seed
to feed 14,000 households for 5 months and has a market value almost
- Oxfam has been facilitating the collection
of timber from Tsunami felled trees. This will be used to construct Oxfam
bladder tables and latrines. In addition Oxfam has distributed timber for
- School bus still running and providing
an extremely valuable service for the children.
- Regular distribution of newspapers delivered
through community leaders to enable better access to information. Up to
300 newspapers distributed almost daily
- Construction of Upflow clarifier 100%
complete and operational
- 60 wells cleaned in Pula Raya. This
brings the total to 211 wells in 7 returnee sites
- Water and sanitation work almost entirely
focussed on returnee sites. Oxfam now does operation of the treatment system
- 100 waste bins have been distributed
to returnee sites. They will be used for burning rubbish until a more appropriate
system can be developed.
- Oxfam is still managing the transport
of sewage from septic-trucks, so far 117 requests for the service.
- Debris removal has continued in Lheut
village 4000m3 has been cleared
- Nusa Bridge is 50% complete and Krung
Tutong Bridge is 40% complete.
- CFW has continued in 3 communities where agricultural land has been covered in debris. In addition, CFW phase 3 has begun in a further 8 communities. In total there are 364 men and 220 women currently working in CFW.
Aceh Jaya (Calang Programme)
- The first information board has been
constructed and 15 more are expected to be built this week.
- WatSan activities well underway with
the cornerstone waterfall project nearing completion.
- 5 trucks are prepared for water trucking
to 4000 people.
- The well dewatering team has been outfitted.
- 28 Latrines and 10 bathing units are almost complete in three villages, and 60 latrines are in progress in Krueng Sabee.
Aceh Barat (includes Meulaboh)
- At Mosque Suakribe the water tower has
been erected and the distribution network commenced. The Mosque washing
and latrine facilities have now been fully rehabilitated
- 45 Cash for Work projects have been
completed in Muelaboh and 9 are ongoing with a total of 8190 beneficiaries.
- In Gampong Ladang (Samatiga), we are
finalising agricultural support to 33 households. This will include the
provision of two hand tractors, seed, fertilizer and wire for fencing
- During the period from the 1st -6th
of May 3 wells were cleaned, 79 latrines were emptied, 2 latrines and 1
septic tank were repaired and a total volume of 3,255,000 litres of water
have been delivered.
- At the Gampong Darat and Kampung Belakang
5000litre water tanks have been installed.
- At SMPN-V Suakribe a pre-tsunami borehole
has been rehabilitated and pumping tests carried out. A storage reservoir
is being constructed in order to supply the school with water. The rehabilitation
of latrines has commenced and a water distribution network has been being
- Work is continuing on the construction of facility sets (well rehabilitation/construction; latrines and shower blocks) in Samatiga. At Penaga Cut, Gunong Kleng, Periebu dusun Rundeng, Keub dusun Serumpuh and Langung the construction of 3 facility sets (2 male, 2 female facilities each) continues. At Keub dusun Kota Tengah work continues for a 4 unit facility set. In Sineubok Lung a 2 unit facility set is under construction
East coast (Pidie, Bireuen, Aceh Utara, Lhokseumawe)
- Discussions were carried out with the
communities in five randomly selected villages in Lhokseumawe and Aceh
Utara Districts to assess needs for livelihoods.
- Oxfam is currently working in 9 villages
in the areas of Meuraksa and Samudra in well cleaning and rehabilitation,
latrine construction and rehabilitation, public health promotion and investigation
of permanent drinking water supply options
- Water tankering continues with approximately
75,000 litres a day delivered o 1,240 people in the Samudra barrack, approximately
15,000 litres a day for 600 people at the Blang Mangat barrack and 22,500
litres a day to the Bayu IDP camp for around 1,000 people.
- Oxfam has provided a permanent water
supply to the Reuluet barrack.
- Cash for Work activities was carried
out in 5 villages to clean the fishpond and canals; two in Blang Mangat
Sub District (Lhokseumawe District), one in Samudera Sub District and one
in Tanah Pasir Sub District (Aceh Utara District) and one in Pidie Sub
District (Pidie District).
- 78 households in Kuta Krueng and 30 in Kuta Geulumpang were provided with a temporary shelter kit, which includes 35 zinc sheets and 25 timber of different sizes.
- we are distributing enough clean water
to supply around 40,000 people at basic SPHERE standard we are installing
pour flush latrines which require water for operation, and there is still
substantial washing to be seen in Gunungsitoli and elsewhere, which suggests
our beneficiary number in Gunungsitoli to be around 25,000 people
- 1000 shelter boxes were distributed
in 21 districts through four partner organisations, LPAM, YEU, IMC and
- We completed an excellent 1-day training
with PHPs. This indicated low conceptual knowledge but a high level of
- Most emergency shelter needs as a result of collapsed buildings are now being met across the island as a result of the large scale distributions of Oxfam and others
3. Partners update
- The Partners unit has been working on
the Civic Info Fair this week. The fair, which is hosted by the House of
Representatives and the National Democratic Institute, is to be held in
Jakarta from the 16th to the 18th of May.
- This week the number of proposals received were 4, 16 are being processed, 4 have been approved and 6 were rejected. The total number of proposals received till now is 143.
4. Background information on Oxfam work in Aceh
Oxfam worked in Aceh from 2000 to 2003 and retuned to the province in late December 2004 to respond to the tsunami disaster. In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, our teams provided relief assistance to the population living in IDP settlements in the form of non-food items distribution (such as hygiene kits) and implementation of water and sanitation facilities and public health promotion. Whereas this is still in place, the focus of the work has shifted to supporting IDPs return to their villages. Besides providing water and sanitation support in returnee communities (water tanking, cleaning wells, building latrines), we develop cash for work projects and support livelihoods recovery. Oxfam is also supporting IDPs' living in host communities and has set up water supply systems in 6 temporary living centres (5 on the East Coast and 1 in Aceh Besar).
Through a partners support and liaison unit set up within Aceh Programme, Oxfam also supports local and national organisations to ensure that they are active in the assistance to those in need and that they participate in the recovery of Aceh. Their activities range from basic health care and education to livelihoods and community participation in decision-making process for Aceh recovery and rehabilitation plan. Partners programme area cover Medan in North Sumatra province Aceh Besar, Banda Aceh, Aceh Barat and Nagan Raya on the West Coast, Pidie, Bireun, Aceh Utara and the island of Nias.
Since the start of the programme, Oxfam:
- currently has over 165,000 beneficiaries
over 6 areas -- Aceh Besar, Aceh Jaya (Lamno), Aceh Jaya (Calang), Aceh
Barat (Meulaboh), Nias and the East Coast (Pidie, Bireuen, Aceh Utara and
- Reached over 142,000 beneficiaries with
daily water trucking deliveries.
- Benefiting more than 29,379 people through
cash for work projects in Banda Aceh, Aceh Besar, Aceh Jaya and Aceh Barat.
Apart from the cash, the groups participating in the projects also receive
the tools. The average daily payment of cash for work is 35-40,000 Rupiah
per person per day.
- Distributed shelter materials to over
4,565 households to facilitate the construction of temporary shelters.
- Spent over 358,000 USD on non-food items
that are been distributed in Banda Aceh, Aceh Besar, Aceh Barat and Aceh
Jaya. Most of the items are bought either in the project areas or in Medan.
- Funded over 40 local and national organisations.
The support includes funding to re-establish their operational capacity
hiring new offices and buying equipment), funding to programmes as well
as capacity building. Thus far, 6,943,120 (800,000 USD) have been granted
to these organisations.
- Oxfam is now reaching over 30,000 beneficiaries across Nias with assistance, which includes; water, sanitation, food, shelter and the distribution of non-food items.