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In Kenya, a plumber keeps the water flowing

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Just in time for World Humanitarian Day, we received this short video profiling a day in the life of Oxfam plumber Silas Kipsang. True, fixing water leaks, maintaining pipes, and digging wells may not be the most glamorous aspects of humanitarian aid work. But for thousands of people seeking shelter in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp, the efforts of people like Kipsang are what keep the clean water flowing. And that’s an accomplishment to celebrate, no matter what day it is.


Oxfam aims to reach 3 million people with a variety of support, including food aid, clean water, and veterinary care for animals. We are drilling and repairing wells and distributing fuel vouchers to ensure that pumps on the wells can keep operating—even if people have no money. We are also campaigning to change the root causes of this crisis. Find out how you can support our efforts. Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Google+