NATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CO-ORDINATION
1. General overview
Zola Dowell, UN OCHA, informed the meeting that UNHCR announced the Quick Impact Projects, QUIPS. The projects should be specifically related to shelter/infrastructure, rehabilitation (environment), water and sanitation and should not cost more than $20-30,000 with a completion date end of December 2001. All international and local NGOs as well as the municipalities are welcome to submit their applications.
Debora Comini, UNICEF,
said that last week UNICEF started the distribution of school kits for
1-8 grade in 22 schools in Kumanovo, distributing in total 600 kits. In
Skopje distribution is on going and 53 schools will be covered. Next week
the textbooks will be distributed too.
Tommaso De Cataldo, IOM, informed the meeting that IOM would continue their support to IDPs hosted in Collective Centers in Kumanovo, by providing 226 monthly bus tickets for October. He added that a review will be made of IDPs' transportation needs as well as overview of the bus lines in the affected areas, operational before the conflict and now.
Stefan Tanik, ECHO, ECHO
through its implementing partners would continue the hygiene parcels distribution
for the IDPs hosting families. In September 6,500 hygiene parcels were
distributed and the same number will remain for October's distribution.
Reto Stoker, ICRC, informed the meeting that in October ICRC would distribute blankets. The mine awareness programme is on going in the affected areas, Collective Centres and host families. He said that ICRC was informed about 14 ethnic Macedonians missing and they have approached NLA regarding this issue. Six ethnic Albanians are also reported as missing.
Kevin Tobin, CRS, represented to the meeting Mr. Paul Currion, the new co-ordinator of the International NGO Council who will attend this meeting on a regular basis in the future.
Dragi Zmijanac, The First Children's
Embassy-Megjasi, NGO Humanitarian Co-ordination, said that distribution
of school kits and textbooks were late and stressed the mis-co-ordination
between the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. He emphasized that children
need warm clothing and shoes, not only books.
Abdurauf Prusi, El Hilal, NGO Humanitarian Co-ordination, has received a letter from the principal of the school in village of Tanusevci, in which assessment of school children returnees was requested. Though this request was not very clear to him, yet he wanted update information on the situation in the villages of Tanusevci, Brest, Kadino, and Malino. Mr. Prusi emphasized that returnees need blankets and mattresses. UNICEF was asked to consider the possibilities for subsidizing the school snacks for the children, especially for ones in 1-4 grade.
Suzana Paunovska, MRC, emphasized that since 9th of September 2001 people from villages of Ekonomija, Rasce, Jazince, Brnjarci, Ljubanci, Ljuboten and city of Tetovo (except settlement 87) were de-registered. In the meanwhile the registration is conducted under the four criteria mentioned on the last meeting. After the completion of the October's distribution an updated IDPs' list will be available. October's distribution will consists of the usual food ratio and hygiene parcels, and additional blanket for every IDP. Returnees from Kosovo, in total 5,500 will also receive blankets.