Meeting of the Host Families
This was the first meeting of the sub group, the purpose of which was to plan the distribution of winter clothing to ensure full geographic coverage and to standardise the distribution to ensure that all affected persons are being targeted.
Reports by agencies
DRC (report made by OCHA) will provide winter clothes to children in the Tetovo area. A set including a sweater, trousers, 4 pairs of socks and underwear will be provided to 1,174 children between 7 and 14 in the village of Tearce. In cooperation with the League of Albanian Women, DRC will also start a "sewing workshop" project in Tetovo, involving the manufacturing of some 400 pieces of winter clothes for 200 families. In addition, DRC will provide working materials (knitting and crocheting yarns, toys, games and other sports equipment) for self-organised social activities at the collective centres, in response to a need identified in the course of a recent survey of collective centres.
UNICEF will provide a winter clothes package, including a sweater, pants, shoes, underwear, a scarf and a hat to all IDP and refugee children from 0 -18 residing in CCs and other social institutions. Distribution will be made on the basis of UNICEF own lists including detailed information on the beneficiaries that were obtained in the course of UNICEF vulnerability assessment of IDPs and host families. Procurement of winter clothing has already started. UNICEF is trying to raise additional funds to cover the needs for winter clothing of IDP children who are staying in host families. If additional funds become available, UNICEF will start procurement for the distribution of winter clothing to IDP children in host families on the basis of the updated MRC beneficiary list to be published at the end of November.
IFRC will distribute winter clothing to IDP in host families in the Skopje, Tetovo and Kumanovo areas. The distribution will start in December, upon arrival of 3 truckloads of second-hand winter clothing donated by the Sweidish Red Cross. The 3 truckloads will contain a total of 1,000 bundles of approximately 50 pieces each, including adult/child/male/female clothing. To help cover the gap in the provision of winter clothing to adult IDPs in host families and collective centres, IFRC has agreed to order 2 additional truckloads of winter clothing from the Swedish Red Cross. The additional bundles will primarily contain second-hand winter clothing for adults and will be distributed to IDPs in host families in the Kumanovo, Tetovo and Skopje areas, on the basis of MRC updated lists.
UNHCR has completed the procurement of underwear for adults and children, but the distribution has not yet started. Procurement of bed sheets and pillowcases is ongoing. All second-hand clothes that UNHCR had in stocks have been given to MRC for distribution to refugees, IDPs and returnees.
Caritas Deutschland informed participants that 400,000 DM will almost certainly be approved by the German Government to fund the provision of winter clothing, including shoes, to about 4,000 beneficiaries. Winter clothing will be provided to all IDPs, both children and adults, in host families and CCs in the southern parts of the country, especially Bitola and Priep. Winter clothing will also be provided to IDPs in conflict affected areas, preferably the village of Romanovce, in case their needs for winter clothing are not already covered by other agencies. Procurement procedures have already been initiated. A winter set consisting of a sweater, jeans, socks, 3 sets of underwear, shoes, hat, scarf and gloves will be distributed to beneficiaries on the updated MRC list. Winter clothing distributions to children will be coordinated with UNICEF. Caritas Deutschland will be contacting IFRC separately to investigate the possibility of receiving the new lists as soon as these are produced, prior to the date when they will be officially published, to anticipate the distribution of winter clothing.
Oxfam is providing winter clothing to 600 children in the Lipkovo municipality. The distribution is made by the local NGO Albanian Intellectual Association, on the basis of El Hilal beneficiary list and will likely be completed within 2 weeks.
World Vision - confirmed the
arrival of one container of new and second-hand clothing, shoes and boots
and blankets from the US. The container has been cleared from customs
and moved before to World Vision's warehouse for sorting and counting.
Customs check of the contents indicated that only summer clothes were
likely sent, since the shipment was made a couple of months ago. Another
container with second-hand clothing from Australia is on its way to fYROM.
World Vision has not yet decided on the beneficiaries or the method of
distribution. Two local NGOs, one of them being ZORA from Tetovo, have,
however, approached WV offering to distribute their winter clothing to
ethnic Macedonian IDPs in Aracinovo and affected villages in the Tetovo
ARC informed that Save the Children UK will not be involved in provision of winter clothes.
To avoid overlapping or gaps, agencies agreed on the following:
The working group has agreed to compile a matrix showing the geographic distribution of assistance to host families. The first draft will be discussed at the next sectoral meeting on host families assistance on Friday, 9 November 2001.