Nearly 600 homes in more than 30 locations throughout Aceh are under construction. Thus far, some 90 units have been completed, with an estimated 1,600 to be erected by July 31. Approximately 4,600 people are drawing salaries from involvement with the transitional shelter program. Understanding that the most significant difficulty faced by those displaced in Aceh by the tsunami is the lack of suitable shelter, the cornerstone of IOM's community rehabilitation program is the construction of transitional homes. In addition, IOM provides additional community infrastructure and livelihood projects to help communities recover. For instance, IOM is partnering with UNICEF for the provision of 200 temporary schools and recently celebrated in the opening on the school year.
In close cooperation with Indonesian government health authorities and communities and international and national humanitarian organizations, IOM assists with the revitalization of the community health care system in Aceh province. IOM is building more than 50 satellite health clinics (SHCs) to serve the needs of those staying in temporary living facilities. Construction is completed and non medical equipments was provided to three SHCs in Bireuen on July 9. Three more clinics will be completed by next week, while construction continues for another 24 clinics. As the shelter team builds the clinics, the medical team interviews community leaders and Internationally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
IOM recently completed an assessment of barracks and host communities in Aceh Barat in the lead up to its rehabilitation of three puskesmas (health centers).
Livelihood staff conducted interviews with Dinas Pasar representatives and met with new market stall owners in Pasar Aceh to assess capital needs. Last week, 286 stalls were officially opened by Mayor of Banda Aceh, Dina Pasar, USAID, and IOM. Approximately 2,000 market stalls are to be built by IOM. In addition to the ones in Dinas Pasar, 128 kiosks in former Keudah prison- Keudah and 64 kiosks in Penayong Market Basket are under construction.
IOM recently opened a sub-office in Pidie, and staff met with the Vice Bupati of Pidie, who recognized IOM's commitment to the district and asked for further assistance with shelter construction. Having employed new farming techniques such as the use of natural fertilizers, the watermelon farm collective in Batee Village prepares for their first harvest next week. IOM staff inspected the farm and tasted the first watermelon of their season. In addition, IOM assessed the progress of four satellite health clinics in Pidie, the Counter Trafficking Unit conducted in-depth interviews with the village Peukan Baro, and met with the Vice- Bupati, Department of Industrial and Trading and Camat Pidie to discuss additional CTU projects in Pidie.
In Bireun, 180 households from Matang Pasi village received stoves and kitchen sets. In cooperation with representatives from the Agriculture Department, the livelihood team monitored agriculture seeds distribution, and provided 61 chili and tomato farmers with 35 kg of fertilizers. In Aceh Utara, the head of the village received preparation instructions for rice seeds distribution, while IOM established a training schedule with the Agriculture Department for Bokasih (organic fertilizers) training in Aceh Utara and Nagan Raya. The price and market value of ginger and corn seeds were assessed for a potential livelihood project in Aceh Tengah/Bener Meriah. IOM and community leaders in Aceh Baratdaya drafted an agreement letter for a revolving fund collective for the women's cooperative.
In addition to the above information, the Counter-Trafficking Unit attended the Gender Unit Group meeting in the Women's Empowerment Office to discuss an upcoming exhibition to commemorate the Independence Day in August. In Bireuen, and in the Pidie villages of Peukan Baroe and Rawa village, IOM conducted in-depth interviews of target beneficiaries for the development of future livelihood activities.
IOM recently completed assistance to the Office of Social Affairs (DinSos) for its first phase of registration of more than 500,000 people displaced by the December 26 disaster. For the second phase, to commence in August, IOM will provide logistical and technical assistance for data collection and database set-up. In addition, IOM will provide socialization assistance with an information campaign and training.
With its capacity of 186 trucks, IOM cleared 1010 containers on behalf of agencies of the Indonesian government, international and national NGOs and private companies between April and July 14, 2005.
Using 25 trucks, IOM facilitated the transport of component parts for two Bailey Bridges from Medan to Nias via the port of Sibolga. The two bridges are part of a total of four donated by the U.K.'s Department for International Development and will be assembled for installation in Nias. This week IOM also transported in 12 trucks, 60.5 metric tons of mixed lumber for Nias, Island, on behalf of the Government of North Sumatra.
28 MARCH EARTHQUAKE EMERGENCY RESPONSE
The Indonesian Institute for Disaster Preparedness and IOM will conduct a one week assessment to identify affected vulnerable populations to take part in Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Trainings.
Overland convoys to Nias and Simeulue since March 28: 45 convoys with 749 trucks carrying 4,572 tons of relief aid.
LCT round-trips Nias- Sibolga: 9 round trips (171 trucks)
On-island Distribution in Nias and Simeulue: approx. 8671 tons
Distribution to Banda Aceh: 32,310 tons
Distribution to Meulaboh: 3,768 tons
Rehabilitation of market kiosks
The handover of market stalls in Sinebang, Simeulue took place on Saturday, July 16. All four markets in Simeulue are completed. A formal ceremony on July 25 will mark the handover of Botombao market in Nias, while construction of 5 other market sites in Nias is 80% completed.
All the achievements in IOM's Indonesia Emergency and Recovery Program over the past six months have been made possible through generous contributions from the following donors:
Australia,Canada, China, European Union, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States, in addition to private contributions.
US PEACE CORPS
Four Crisis Corps Volunteers joined the IOM Tsunami Response Program on 4 July 2005 and have been dispatched to four tsunami-affected districts in the country. The volunteers will assist IOM in the implementation of activities under its Livelihood, Health and Psychosocial Programs.
On 14 July, Mr. Tilak Ranaviraja Commissioner General of Essential Services (CGES) visited IOM-constructed transitional accommodation sites in Matara district as a part of his tour of the southern province. The construction of transitional accommodation sites in Negombo district officially commenced on 15 July.
During the past two weeks 278 transitional accommodations were completed on various sites in the country. To date IOM has completed transitional accommodations for 2,111 tsunami- affected families and a total of 7,494 individuals are at present residing in their new transitional accommodations. A further 964 transitional accommodations are currently under construction.
At present, land has been allocated for IOM to construct a total of 3877 transitional accommodations on various sites in the country. IOM is committed to undertake further construction as land is allocated.
The implementation of livelihood development projects has continued to increase steadily during the first half of July. The initial distribution of livelihood assistance in Kalutara district commenced with a livelihood ceremony at the IOM-constructed transitional accommodation site at Modarawila in Panadura on 14 July 2005. Livelihood equipment was handed over to 25 persons previously identified through an IOM survey.
During the first two weeks of July, IOM commenced livelihood projects with 192 individuals in Kalutara (25), Matara (42), Trincomalee (18), Batticaloa (36) and Ampara (71) districts.
To date, direct livelihood assistance projects have commenced with 1207 tsunami-affected families. In addition, a considerable number of individuals continue to receive assistance indirectly through training programs implemented by IOM and capacity building support provided by IOM to local organizations.
PSYCHOSOCIAL / COUNTER TRAFFICKING
IOM continues to implement psychosocial activities in 5 tsunami-affected districts: Kalutara, Matara, Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee. Psychosocial activities are monitored and implemented by international camp managers, community health surveillance officers, social mobilizers, youth mobilizer and local psychosocial staff under the guidance of the psychosocial coordinator.
In Kalutara district, a psychosocial training program on general psychosocial awareness was held for 30 field workers and community leaders from 11-13 July. The programme was organized by the local NGO Sewalanka and was funded under the IOM Counter Trafficking Program.
In Matara distric, Plans are underway for an information session on skills development, career guidance, trafficking and HIV/AIDS prevention for approximately 150 youths in cooperation with the Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational and Technical Education.
In Batticaloa district, IOM psychosocial support during the reporting period focused on education, health and activities for women and youth. IOM opened two additional pre-schools in Pannichankeni and extended support to 4 public pre-schools in Kattankudy, bringing the total number of IOM supported pre-schools to 10, benefiting approximately 500 children. Plans are underway to implement an IOM funded capacity building psychosocial program for 46 participants from local NGOs, IDPs and community members. Women from two IOM-supported camps in Kattankudy are currently preparing an exhibition of the materials they have created at IOM funded sewing centers. Field Staff are working with youth to construct playgrounds in five IOM-supported camps in the district.
In Trincomalee district, the Sunshine Festival (children's day) is to be held in the end of July. IOM will provide both institutional and financial support in cooperation with other organizations to implement this event. On 9 July IOM conducted a psychosocial workshop on issues pertaining to the elderly. In Jaffna district, a psychosocial training program on general psychosocial awareness was held for approximately 30 field workers and community leaders from12-14 July. The workshop was organized by Sewalanka and funded by IOM.
IOM organized and funded a one-day mental health-training workshop in cooperation with WHO on 14 July in Jaffna district and was attended by both local and international NGO representatives. The workshop focused on reviewing the available mental health training materials in Sri Lanka and commenced the development of a case study book to complement the mental healthtraining programme.
On 15 July, a one-day training workshop was held for 40 primary eye care workers at the Hambantota Base Hospital. The workshop focused on screening and provision of basic eye care services and was the second phase of the capacity building component of the IOM Eye Care Health Pilot Project IOM in Hambantota district.
IOM Community Health Surveillance Officers (CHSOs) in Matara, Ampara and Trincomalee districts continued to monitor health care determinants and facilitate access to health care services for tsunami-affected populations in IOM-supported IDP camps, IOM-constructed transitional accommodation sites and host communities.
REGISTRATION and INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The program aims to support national and district level efforts to establish and maintain a central, standardized, consolidated computerized database of tsunami-affected populations in 13 affected districts and to ensure the smooth flow of such information through varying levels of government. IOM is committed to provide both technical and financial support to the Government of Sri Lanka in this regard and is currently involved in final discussions with the Presidential Secretariat and the University of Moratuwa.
IOM currently maintains a vehicle fleet of 83 trucks each with a cargo capacity of 10 tons. IOM continues to provide transport assistance to government agencies, IOs, NGOs and other donors without cost to the recipients. During the reporting period IOM trucks were dispatched to various tsunami-affected areas in the country on behalf of other agencies on 113 occasions.
Transport assistance included:
- 88 trucks transported medicines and medical equipment from Colombo Medical Supplies Division and the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to warehouses in Colombo and various tsunami-affected areas for the Ministry of Health.
- 12 trucks carrying cement, bed sheets and plastic bags were dispatched to various tsunamiaffected areas in Ampara and Batticaloa districts for UNHCR.
- 6 trucks carrying timber were dispatched to Wadduwa in Amapara district for OXFAM.
- 4 trucks transported timber to various construction sites in Hambantota district for CARE International.
- 2 trucks transported plastic bins from Battaramulla in Colombo district to Kalutara and Galle districts for Central Environment Authority (CEA).
- 2 trucks transported bicycles to Pottuvil in Ampara district for Mercy Corps.
- 1 truck carrying medical items was dispatched to Ratmalana in Trincomalee district for International Civil Protection Department (ICPD).
IOM has been working closely with Oxfam Australia and other agencies involved in shelter construction in relation to a large shipment of timber donated by Oxfam Australia. IOM has agreed to provide logistical support and transport assistance to all recipient agencies.
The IOM Tsunami Response Program in Sri Lanka has received generous contributions from:
The Government of China, ECHO, Greece, Japan, Poland, OCHA, Portugal, South Korea, the United States and various Private Donors.
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