Georgia

ACT Appeal Georgia: Post-conflict relief and recovery - EUGE-81

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Appeal Target: US$ 1,331,029
Balance requested: US$1,107,731

Geneva, 18 November 2008

Dear Colleagues,

On August 7/8th, conflict broke out between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia resulting in many civilian casualties on both sides, thousands of displaced people and immense damages to infrastructure, homes, livelihoods and the psychosocial wellbeing of people in the directly affected and neighbouring areas. The UN has estimated the number of people displaced by the conflict at up to 160,000, of which, according to UNICEF, up to 40,000 are children. ACT members present on the ground have been responding with assistance since the conflict began. Now, with the winter fast advancing, IDPs, returnees and other people from the affected villages and towns require assistance to continue their efforts to put their lives back on track following the August war and further funding is urgently requested.

Please find herewith the full EUGE81 appeal which revises, elaborates and replaces the ACT preliminary appeal (issued September 4th 2008) and incorporates crisis phase activities implemented in South and North Ossetia with advance funding from the ACT Rapid Response Fund (issued August 21st 2008).

This full appeal incorporates both relief and rehabilitation assistance by ACT members to IDPs, returnees and other affected people of different ethnic backgrounds both within the Georgian regions of Imereti, Shida Kartli and Tbilisi, breakaway region of South Ossetia, and bordering Russian region of North Ossetia. The proposed assistance is targeted based on the humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality and on field-based need assessments by ACT members and their local implementing partners.

Please note that only the full revised programmes for ACT members Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) and International Swiss Interchurch Aid (HEKS) are included in this version of the appeal. A further revision is expected by November 21st to also include the full programmes for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). These members have all formed an ACT Forum based in Tbilisi and have also been providing assistance, working together under the Preliminary Appeal issued on 4th September. Also included in this version for the first time is a proposed response in South Ossetia by the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) are awaiting access permission to South Ossetia, and once this is granted we expect that they will also be included into a further revised appeal.

Overall Programme Completion Date: October 2009 (appeal period from August 21 2008)

Requesting Member project completion Dates:

DKH- March 2009: (7 months- period covering partner Genesis 4 month project completing end Dec.'08, and partner IDPWA 4 month project estimated from end Nov. '08)

HEKS- October 2009: (14 months- 4 months food distribution until December 2008 and 10 months livelihood recovery).

ROC- May 2009: (period covering August '08 RRF crisis response and 6 months estimated from end Nov 2008)

Reporting schedule:

Reports due ACT CO Interim narrative &
financial reports
Final narrative &
financial reports
Audit
RoC N/A 31 July 2009 31 August 2009
DKH N/A 31 May 2009 30 June 2009
HEKS 30 April 2009 31 December 2009 31 January 2010
n.b. member project implementation timeframes are all dependent on timely receipt of funding.

Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested:


ROC DKH HEKS TOTAL
Full Appeal Targets 871,768 180,668 278,593 1,331,029
Less: Pledges/Contr Recd 0 75,072 148,226 223,298
Balance Requested from ACT Alliance 871,768 105,596 130,367 1,107,731

Please kindly send your contributions to either of the following ACT bank accounts:

US dollar

Account Number - 240-432629.60A
IBAN No: CH46 0024 0240 4326 2960A

Euro

Euro Bank Account Number - 240-432629.50Z
IBAN No: CH84 0024 0240 4326 2950Z

Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together

UBS AG
8, rue du Rhône
P.O. Box 2600
1211 Geneva 4, SWITZERLAND
Swift address: UBSWCHZH80A

Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (jkg@act-intl.org) and the Programme Officer, Michael Zschiegner (mzs@act-intl.org), of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.

We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

For further information please contact:

ACT Director, John Nduna (phone +41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone + 41 79 203 6055) or
ACT Deputy Director, Bob White (phone +41 22 791 6047 or mobile phone +41 79 857 5334) or
ACT Program Officer, Michael Zschiegner (phone +41 22 791 6420 or mobile phone +41 79 608 8133)

Robert White
Deputy Director, ACT Co-ordinating Office