March 11-17, 2002
SKOPJE, March 18th, 2002
According to the UNHCR data, there are about 10,000 refugees (ethnic Albanians) accommodated in Kosovo.
The Macedonian Committee of the Red Cross carried out distribution of humanitarian packages for 520 persons who live in the villages Malina Mala and Brest. The assistance is composed of flour, food and hygiene products and baby-food.
The El Hilal, i.e. its branch offices from Gostivar and Veles, donated five tones of flour for the displaced persons from Skopska Crna Gora and eight tones for the citizens of Lipkovo.
The American Red Cross is completing the project for health education of the IDPs accommodated in collective centers.
The IFRC is carrying out a project for primary health education in three locations: the Suto Orizari collective center, the Suto Orizari clinic and the Katlanovo collective center.
The UNHCR is completing the damage assessment on approximately 600-700 buildings located in the crisis regions, after which the distribution of construction material needed for repairs should start. The damaged houses have suffered damage from first and second category and the budget for their reconstruction is US $800,000.
The UNDP is planning opening of alternative water supply source for the medical center in Kumanovo. Additional water reserves are also to be provided for the town of Tetovo as well as for the Jegunovce and Vratnica municipalities.
The ACTED is continuing with the distribution of animal feed (corn and soya) in the Tetovo area.
Schools and education
The UNICEF is expecting a reply from the Ministry of Education and Science regarding the realization of the project for tolerance-building in three municipalities: Tetovo, Kumanovo and Skopje.
According to the latest information from UNICEF, 19 schools are to be rehabilitated.
No new activities at this period.
The Republic of Macedonia received €307 million at the Donors' conference that took place in Brussels on March 12. Of the total amount, approximately €173 million are meant for support to the payment balance, €85 million will be used for reconstruction of the buildings damaged in the crisis and €49 million will be used for implementation of the Framework Agreement. The donors announced additional €271 million for economic development projects.
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