InterAction Members Respond to the Victims of the Crisis in Chechnya 13 Dec 1999

Press Contact: Shanta Bryant, 202-667-8227 x115
NGO Contacts: James Bishop, Director of Humanitarian Response, 202-667-8227, x104
The following list was produced by InterAction, a coalition of more than 160 US-based private relief, development and refugee assistance agencies. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.

An estimated 250,000 people have fled the bombing in Chechnya into neighboring republics. Some 230,000 have sought refuge in Ingushetia alone. Tens of thousands of people are believed to be trapped in Grozny and other areas under heavy Russian bombardment. The victims of the bombing are in need of food, tents, blankets and other winterized humanitarian aid.

InterAction members listed below are accepting contributions for assistance they or their affiliates are providing to victims of the crisis in Chechnya. Visit the following links for further information:

American Friends Service Committee
Chechnya Emergency Fund
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 1-888-588-2372 ext 1

Mercy Corps International
Chechen Relief Fund, Dept. NR
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208-2669
1-800-292-3355 x250

American Red Cross
International Response Fund
PO BOX 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013
Tel: 1-800-HELP-NOW
Spanish: 1-800-257-7575

Relief International
"Orphans of Chechnya"
11965 Venice Blvd., #405
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Tel: 1-888-778-7452

Baptist World Aid
Chechnya Relief
6733 Curran Street
McLean, VA, 22101
Tel: 703 790 8980

The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO)
Chechnya FundP.O. Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313

Church World Service (CWS)
28606 Phillips Street
PO Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
Tel: 1-800-297-1516 ext. 222

Chechnya Relief
775 K Street, NW, Suite 290
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 1-800-770-1100

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Chechnya Emergency Response
122 East 42nd Street
New York, New York 10168-1289
Tel: (212) 551-3000

World Vision
PO Box 70288
Takoma, WA 98481
Tel: 1-888-56CHILD (1-888-562-4453)

Lutheran World Relief
POB 17061
Baltimore MD 21298-9832

Details on assistance being provided by InterAction members


(updated December 9, 1999)
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is accepting financial contributions to fund emergency humanitarian relief in war-torn Chechnya. The funds will be used to purchase food, medicine and hygiene items and also for rehabilitation and reconciliation work. AFSC's involvement in the region started with famine relief in the early part of the century and continued with dialogue programs throughout the Cold War period. In addition to humanitarian assistance, AFSC funds will also support a psychological rehabilitation program for children in Ingushetia and respond to other needs as they arise.


(updated December 9, 1999)
The Red Cross Movement has issued an Integrated Plan of Action in response to the thousands of people affected by the conflict in Chechnya. The request is for $12 million US dollars of which the American Red Cross has contributed over $800,000. The Plan of Action is to distribute aid to approximately 150,000 victims of this crisis in the northern Caucasus from November 1999 through March 2000.

American Red Cross support to Chechnya now totals more than $827,000. The American Red Cross is operating within the three components of the RC Movement which currently has a team of five delegates to coordinate operations from the ICRC's logistics center in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, and from its delegation in Moscow. In the northern Caucasus, activities will be conducted with the Russian Red Cross and through ICRC staff stationed throughout the region. At the onset of the conflict, the American Red Cross responded by sending $75,000 to provide winter clothing to a minimum 3,000 of the most vulnerable internally displaced persons in the North Caucasus region of Ingushetia. This project, implemented by the Russian Red Cross, allowed the local Red Cross to render much-needed assistance to a vulnerable population while also improving the visibility of the Russian Red Cross Society as an independent organization, thereby improving its status and image within the community. An additional $100,000 was sent to the ICRC to assist with emergency relief efforts including the purchase of 15,000 food parcels containing vegetable oil, sugar, pasta and green tea. The American Red Cross is also supporting the operation with 80,000 blankets (22,000 of which were donated to American Red Cross by the Church of Latter Day Saints), 20,500 jerry cans, 41,200 hygienic parcels which include soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, bath and kitchen towels and liquid detergent. USG has supported AmCross with emergency relief in-kind items and transportation.


(updated December 10, 1999)
Baptist World Aid has been supporting Hungarian Baptist Aid in their work with Chechan refugees. BWAid has provided funds to pay for transportation of goods and is also working with another US agency to send a container of new winter clothes to Budapest for onward transmission to the Chechnya border.


(updated December 9, 1999)
Church World Service is seeking $125,000 to assist Action by Churches Together (ACT) in meeting emergency needs in the Chechnya region with blankets, food items, medical aid, sanitation supplies, shelter, and trauma counseling.


(updated December 10, 1999)
The International Rescue Committee currently has an Emergency Response assessment team in the region. IRC is looking at the possible provision of water and sanitation projects, education and psycho-social activities as well as assisting host families who are sheltering the refugees. IRC is currently assessing capacities of local partners in order to support the existing local NGO structure in Ingushetia and eventually Chechnya.


(updated December 10, 1999)
Lutheran World Relief is and has been responding to crisis needs in Chechnya since 1995 and is accepting contributions to assist those in need. The latest shipment of LWR material resources, including warm quilts, is being distributed by Hungarian Interchurch Aid in Chechnya.


(updated December 9, 1999)
Mercy Corps recently conducted a needs assessment in and around Ingushetia's capital city of Nazran, including the area between Nazran and the Chechen border which is heavily settled by refugees from Chechnya. The team provided emergency relief to approximately 1,000 "under-12" children and infants -- primarily clothing, blankets and medicine. Mercy Corps hired three national staff members who will continue to assess the situation and provide emergency assistance as needed.

(updated December 9, 1999)
Relief International has been supporting an orphanage in Grozny in the past few years since it started programs in Grozny in response to the 94-96 war in Chechnya. Initially RI helped repair damages to the orphanage and provided food, clothing and sanitary supplies for the 250 children ages 6-17. Currently the children have been moved to Nazran in Ingushetia and are in need of food and other basic supplies. RI is providing an aid mission to the children in the form of food, clothing, sanitary supplies and heating.


(updated December 10, 1999)
The Salvation Army has been feeding Chechen refugees in Ingushetia and North Ossetia for the last month. An assessment has just been completed by an international team and Salvation Army is doing or plans to do the following:
1) operate a mobile health care clinic to provide preventative and curative health interventions;
2) provide 8 containers of winter clothing and boots;
3) provide basic supplies such as stoves and cooking utensils;
3) conduct supplemental feeding for children and nursing mothers;
4) provide bread and basic food items not provided by other organizations.


(updated December 9, 199)
USA for UNHCR will channel collected funds to UNHCR. UNHCR is presently providing relief to victims of the Chechen conflict, through its local staff in Stavropol. The assistance consists of food, tens, blankets, wood stoves and other winter supplies. Distribution has been primarily to individuals who have reached Ingushetia, as well as North Ossetia and Dagestan.


(updated December 10, 1999)
World Vision has facilitated the distribution of emergency relief supplies through their partner agency the Ingush Red Crescent. To date, food kits have been delivered to 2,000 people. Shoes have been distributed to 500 children. The shoes were bought in Ingushetia and nearby Russian republics. A team of 12 people are working to distribute the relief goods. Five of these are doctors who are working at a medical center, providing urgently needed medicine and medical checkups. The most urgently needed medicines are for diarrhea and pain-killers, also foot cream to treat frost-bite and vitamins. Trauma counseling in the camps has started. A team of 4 people is providing counseling for mothers and children.