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Islamic Relief Projects Division Kosova Update 17 Dec 99

News and Press Release
Originally published
1. Agency Background
Islamic Relief is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that was established in Birmingham, UK in 1984. It seeks to promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities through relief and development Programmes. Our programmes are either development, emergency relief or orphan support in nature. Our core geographical focus areas Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bangladesh, Chechnya, Gaza Strip, Mali, India, Pakistan and Sudan.

We are members of the UN Economic and Social Council (special category), signatories to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGO's Disaster Relief and members of British Overseas NGOs for Development (BOND).

2. The Present Crisis and Response

2.1 The facts

After the war ended in Kosova their have been hundreds and thousands of Kosova refugees who have poured back into Kosova to their homes only find that there homes have either been destroyed or rendered inhabitable. Since a peace agreement ending the war was signed in June over 900,000 Kosovars have returned to the Serbian province, including 51,000 who came back from countries outside the Balkan region. In Kosova there are approximately 67,326 damaged building, including 28,346 damaged houses.

3. Islamic Relief in Kosova

3.1 24th June - 17th December 1999

Islamic Relief was one of the first NGO's to enter Kosova on June 24th 1999. IR has established a considerable capacity in Kosova, with a large HQ in Prishtina, providing a base for 27 staff members, divided between teams of assessors/monitors, engineers an architect, logistics and warehouse staff. We rent a large warehouse in Prishtina for various materials and we have a fleet of 5 four-wheel drive vehicles and a truck. There is a team of 3 British Expatriates and 1 Canadian as part of the team.

3.2 Islamic Relief Programmes so far:

3.2.1 Islamic Relief Shelter Programme in Kosova

  • Approximately 1000 Dry room kits have been purchased and distributed in Gllogovac. The kit consists of timber, plastic sheeting, nails and basic tools. Total value is approximately $237,000.
  • 500 Warm room kits have been purchased and distributed in Gllogovac. The kit includes insulation material such as doors, window frames, a stove and basic tools. Total value is approximately $155,500.
  • There are professional engineers and architects to help the beneficiaries install the kits.
  • The families receiving the kits will be based on a UNHCR and IR needs assessment plan.
  • The shelter programme will benefit over 10,000 people.
3.2.2 Augmented Roof Project
  • This is a $116,295 project which has supplemented the shelter project. This project has been funded by CAFOD.
  • Approximately 91 roof kits were distributed
  • Specifically targeted were those families whose house was completely destroyed during war and was unrepairable.
  • The guest families will be hosted by the host family which will receive the augmented roof kit. The host family will receive the roof kit on the basis that they will host a homeless family for the coming winter.
  • The kits were made up of extra timber, plastic sheeting, nails and basic tools which will provide the receiving household with a semi-permanent roof kit.
3.2.3 School Rehabilitation Project - 1

This project cost approximately $166,056, and was funded by CAFOD.

  • 3 schools have all now been successfully rehabilitated and the students will return soon for lessons
  • The aim of the proposed project was to provide the returnee student population in the villages of Halabak, Batlava and Llapashtice with adequate study facilities by rehabilitating the damaged local schools.
  • There were approximately over 1000 pupils who benefited from this project
3.2.4 School Rehabilitation Project - 2
  • A further 3 schools have been rehabilitated at a cost of $28,210 by Al-Eslah Society, Bahrain.
  • Study facilities and provision of heating stoves have been provided to approximately 1200 students.
3.2.5 Food/Non-food distribution Programme
  • IR has been distributing food and non-food items in Kosova since July
  • The institutions covered included schools, hospitals, poor villagers and homes for elderly
  • In July, 41.5 tonnes of food was distributed, including flour, sugar, rice, spaghetti, oil, powdered milk, canned food, dried beans and coffee. Their value reached over $24,000 and there were over 11,000 beneficiaries.
  • In the month of August, nearly 13 tonnes of food was distributed, made up of the same foodstuffs as above. Their value reached nearly $57,000
  • Non-food items were also distributed in August including 100 pieces of soap, 50 bottles of shampoo, 899 hygiene kits, and 20,000 pieces of clothing. There were over 25,000 beneficiaries.
  • In the month of September over 55 tonnes of food was distributed, worth approximately $38,835.
  • 2767 pieces of soap, 79 bottles of shampoo, 815 hygiene kits, 6819 hygiene items were distributed in September.
  • 46,677 pieces of clothing and 2928 blankets were also distributed in September.
  • In the first 3 months of the project, approximately 119,000 beneficiaries were reached.
During the next 3 months the extreme cold of the winter will arrive and the need for nourishment and clothing will increase, particularly in the villages.

3.2.6 Ramadhan Programme

  • $25,000 Ramadhan budget allocated and spent
  • 1000 Food packets distributed
  • Food packet contents: Rice
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Halal meat
  • Sugar
  • Milk powder
  • Dates
  • 5500 beneficiaries
3.2.7 Islamic Faculty
  • Cost of Project - $16,756
  • Aim of project is to enable the Faculty to restart training of students in Quranic and religious studies
  • 200 male and female from the Balkans area to benefit
3.2.8 Mine Awareness Training
  • Mine awareness training was provided to various Imams and their wives in Gllogovac. Those trained will now pass on the information onto local villagers.
  • The message of mine awareness has also been passed on to school children
  • UNMACC funded the programme and the training was given by Mine Awareness Trust.
4 Donor News/Networking
  • CARE International has agreed to supply 1500 dry/room shelter kits.
  • UNHCR awarded the IR office in Pristina 100 roof kits with their value totalling over $200,000. Another $30,000 has also been awarded from UNHCR for the distribution and management of the 100 kits.
  • CAFOD have agreed to fund IR School Rehabilitation Programme costing $166,056, and the Augmented Roof Project which costs $116,295.
  • UNMACC provided funding for Mine Awareness Training. This programme costs approximately $59,500.