ACT Appeal Venezuela: LAVE 02 Update

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Venezuela - LAVE 02 Appeal

Geneva, 19 July, 2001

Fifteen days of constant and intense rainfall in Venezuela culminated on 16 December 1999 in extensive flooding and massive landslides in seven northern states of the country. It is estimated that the worst disaster in the country for fifty years left: 50,000 deaths, 331,164 persons affected, 96,000 houses damaged or destroyed, 230,000 jobs lost and considerable economic damage to the country.

ACT Appeal LAVE02 was issued on 26 July 2000 to develop reconstruction activities. Ecumenical Action (Accion Ecumenica) in co-ordination with the Consortium "Catuche" proposed to build 100 apartments for the affected population of the Catuche Gulch in the Federal District of Caracas. In co-ordination with the Presbyterian Church they also proposed to provide medical assistance, psycho-social recovery and training in first aid for the affected population in the Federal District and the states of Vargas and Miranda. The Presbyterian Church of Venezuela proposed to build 50 houses and community accompaniment for the affected population of the Vargas State refugee in the Tuy Valley, State of Miranda.

Due the lack of funding the two implementing members have adjusted their plans and focussed on the housing programs only. Ecumenical Action with the Consortium "Catuche" is building a block of 36 apartments. The Presbyterian Church in a Consortium with HABITAT and the Mattioli Foundation (Catholic Church) will build 13 houses in San Antonio - Miranda State.

The implementation of the two housing programs has been delayed due to these adjustments. Therefore, Action Ecumenica and the Presbyterian Church in Venezuela have requested an extension of the completion date of the appeal LAVE 02 from July 2001 until January 2002. The ACT Co-ordinating Office has agreed with this extension.

Thank you for your attention.

For further information please contact:

ACT Co-ordinator, Thor-Arne Prois (phone ++41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone ++ 41 79 203 6055)
Or ACT Appeals Officer, Elsa Moreno (phone +41 22 791 6420 or mobile phone ++41 79 608 8133)

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