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Central, Eastern Europe & Caucasus Floods Update No. 1

Países
Polonia
Fuentes
ACT
Fecha de publicación

Co-ordinating Office
Action by Churches Together(ACT) is a worldwide network of Churches and their related agencies meeting human need through co-ordinated emergency response and common identity. The ACT network is organizationally based in the Lutheran World Federation(LWF) and the World Council of Churches(WCC) and is a co-ordinating rather than operational office.

EUFL71

Appeal Revised Target: US$ 1,762,528

Geneva,

Dear Friends,

As you are aware, large parts of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as parts of the Caucasus have been hit with the most extensive and severe flooding of the past century during past weeks. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in advance of rising flood waters, communications have been disrupted, crops and property destroyed, transport systems and roads are unusable, and the water and sanitation systems infrastructure is extensively damaged. Emergency relief for flood victims continues to be desparately needed throughout widespread areas of the affected regions including the provision of safe drinking water, food, medicines, emergency shelter materials, clothing and other basic relief needs. Additionally, substantial assistance is needed for flood clean-up efforts and to repair flood damage housing for vulnerable persons and families.

In response to the flood related emergency needs, ACT issued appeal EUFL71 on 18 July 1997. The appeal initially targeted $200,000 of assistance implemented through seven ACT members in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Armenia. The provision of this assistance through ACT began immediately and continues at the present time throughout the target areas.

As the flood waters have continued to rise during the past several weeks, the damage and impact on the lives and homes of flood affected families has greatly multiplied. In response to these dramtically larger emergency needs, proposals for additional assistance have been submitted by ACT members. Additionally, ACT network donors have provided and committed substantial additional funding for the flood related assistance.

Currently, the ACT co-ordinating office is engaged in the process of revising ACT Appeal EUFL71 through information and requests received from ACT implementing members. This Appeal Update and outline of the anticipated Appeal revision is provided for your information in advance of the issuance of the complete revised appeal. The final revised appeal will be issued to the ACT network following the complete submission of project details from ACT implementing members and the approval of the revised appeal by the ACT Directors and Executive Committee.

Past and Current Flood Relief Efforts

ACT Implementing Members - Appeal EUFL71
Ecumenical Council of Churches in Poland - Hungarian Interchurch Aid ACT/ECCP-HIA
Evangelical Lutheran Church A.B. Poland ACT/ELCP
Eastern Europe Office-World Council of Churches Unit IV
ACT/EEOWCC
Slezka Diakonie ACT/SD
Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia ACT/OCCLS
Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic ACT/ECCCR
Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Slovak Republic
ACT/ECCSR
Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania - AIDRom ACT/AIDRom
WCC Armenia Roundtable - Amenian Apostolic Church ACT/ART-ACC
United Methodist Committee on Relief - Armenia Program ACT/UMCOR

The seven (7) ACT implementing members in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Armenia have been actively providing the assistance to flood victims described within the appeal of 18 July. As detailed in the appeal, this emergency assistance has focused largely on the immediate needs of flood victims including the provision of water, food, hygenic supplies, blankets, cooking stoves & utensils, clothing and medicines. Additional assistance has been provided for evacuation of youth and children from flood zones, provision of temporary shelter for the displaced, repairs to drinking water systems and initial clean-up from the flood damages. The ACT donor response to the initial needs described in the appeal of 18 July has allowed the ACT implementing members to provide an additional $69,843 of this targeted initial assistance over and above the intitial target of $200,000.

In addition to the specified assistance within the appeal of 18 July, ACT has provided over $506,000 of medicines and medical materials/supplies to clinics and hospitals in Poland. This donation was provided 'In-Kind' from ACT/UMCOR in response to requests from UNDHA, WHO and the Polish Health authorities. Medicines and medical materials/supplies were facilitated through Interchurch Medical Assistance in the USA. The complete cost of tranporting the 6MT shipment was donated by LOT Polish Airlines and the National Polish Alliance-USA.

Also during the initial phase of ACT emergency assistance, ACT/HIA has worked extensively with the Polish Ecumenical Council of Churches to support their activities described within the appeal and to plan for continuing emergency needs. This partnership and support from ACT/HIA is projected to continue for further flood relief efforts by ACT/ECCP.

ACT Plan For Continued and Expanded Flood Relief Work & Appeal Revision

ACT will continue to provide targeted relief assistance to flood victims in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in a 'Phase II' of the ACT appeal. The assistance will be implemented through the ACT implementing members described within the appeal of 18 July. Additional implementation assistance will be provided by ACT/HIA (Hungarian Interchurch Aid) working cooperatively in support of ACT/ECCP. The Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Slovak Republic will provide flood recovery assistance within areas of Slovakia.

Full project implementation plans, methodology, beneficiary information and detailed budgets will be provided in the revised appeal, but the following is a basic outline of the 'Phase II' targeted assistance.
All 'Phase II' assistance is projected for completion between 15 August and 15 December 1997.

Poland

ACT/EEO-WCC will work with its network of churches and related agencies to provide assistance for flood clean-up and repairs to the housing of flood victims in the Wroclaw and Opole areas of southern Poland. Methodology employed will target the needs of elderly and other especially vulnerable victims and will provide grants for the clean-up and essential repairs of homes and farms. Procurement and provision of flood clean-up materials and tools will also be included. Beneficiaries will be prioritized and selected through consultation with local partner committees and structures. ACT/EEO-WCC will expand and strengthen their staff and structure through the addition of national Polish staff with specific management and technical skills who will work through the established office in Poland. Additional assistance will be provided through a 'Social Assistance' fund which will provide for the short-term critical needs of vulnerable flood victims as the winter weather approaches. Assistance may include provision or support for food, clothing, heating fuel and other basic life support needs. DanChurchAid has committed $46,000 towards this additional assistance.

ACT/ECCP-HIA will provide additional emergency assistance to elderly victims of the flooding in Wroclaw, Poland. The primary project will involve the essential repairs to the foundation, structure and interior areas of a housing unit(s) for 101 elderly persons. These victims are displaced from their homes in local hotels and temporary accomodations. The essential repairs to their homes will ensure their prompt return and facilitate other flood recovery efforts in the city. Additionally, ACT/ECCP-HIA will provide continued short term assistance for the food and lodging of 318 displaced children from the Wroclaw and Raciborz regions who are temporarily housed in various facilities in Ustron.

ACT/ELCP will provide assistance for flood clean-up and repairs to the housing of vulnerable flood victims in areas of southern Poland. Additionally, ACT/ELCP will continue to provide short term assistance for the food, lodging and other needs of children displaced by the flooding.

Czech Republic

ACT/SD will provide additional emergency assistance to elderly victims of the flooding in the Czech Republic. The project will involve the essential repairs to the foundation, structure and interior areas of a housing unit(s) for elderly persons. These victims are displaced from their homes in temporary accomodations. The essential repairs to their homes will ensure their prompt return and facilitate other flood recovery efforts. Additional projects may target the short-term critical needs of vulnerable flood victims as the winter weather approaches. Assistance may include provision or support for food, clothing, heating fuel and other basic life support needs.

ACT/OCCLS and ACT/ECCCR will provide assistance for flood clean-up and repairs to the housing of vulnerable flood victims in areas of the Czech Republic. Additional projects may target the short-term critical needs of vulnerable flood victims as the winter weather approaches. Assistance may include provision or support for food, clothing, heating fuel and other basic life support needs.

Slovak Republic

ACT/ECCSR and ACT/OCCLS are currently identifying projects to assist with the short-term needs of vulnerable flood victims including needs for clean-up, repairs of homes and the provision of food, clothing, and other essential needs of victims throughout areas of the Slovak Republic.

ANTICIPATED REVISED BUDGET - ACT Appeal EUFL71

ACT Implementing Member Appeal Phase I Target Appeal Phase I Revised Target Appeal Phase II Target APPEAL TOTAL
Poland
ACT/ECCP-HIA $ 25,000 $ 35,000 $ 425,000 $ 460,000
ACT/ELCP $ 13,500
$ 13,500 $ 25,000 $ 38,500
ACT/EEOWCC $ 35,000 $ 45,000 $ 752,000* $ 797,000
(Note: * Inclusive of $506,000 'In-Kind' Medicines & Materials From ACT/UMCOR-IMA)
Czech Republic
ACT/SD $ 45,000 $ 64,843 $ 150,000 $ 214,843
ACT/OCCLS $ 21,500 $ 31,500
$ 25,000 $ 56,500
ACT/ECCCR 0 0 $ 25,000 $ 25,000
Slovak Republic
ACT/OCCLS 0 0 $ 25,000 $ 25,000
ACT/ECCSR 0 0 $ 25,000 $ 25,000
Romania
ACT/AIDRom $ 20,000 $ 20,000 0 $ 20,000
Armenia
ACT/ART-ACC $ 20,000 $ 30,000 0 $ 30,000
ACT/UMCOR $ 20,000 $ 30,000 0 $ 30,000
Totals: $200,000 $269,843 $1,452,000 $1,721,843

EUFL71 ACT APPEAL INCOME

Diakonisches Werk Received $ 68,500
Christian Aid Received 10,000
ACT/EEO-WCC Received 6,000
Wilde Ganzen Received 19,843
Hungarian Interchurch Aid Received 2,500
Anglican Church of Canada Pledge
1,015
Swiss Interchurch Aid - HEKS Pledge
13,178
DanChurchAid Received 14,347
DanChurchAid Pledge 71,000
Diakonie Austria Pledge 22,967
Church of Sweden Received 30,000
Dutch Interchurch Aid Received 48,170
Dutch Interchurch Aid Pledge
49,008
United Methodist Committee In-Kind Medical 506,000
TOTAL - Received, Pledged & In-Kind Appeal Funds: (06 Aug 97) $ 862,528
Norwegian Church Aid Anticipated 100,000
Dutch Interchurch Aid Anticipated 300,000
Diakonisches Werk Anticipated 500,000
TOTAL Received, Pledged, In-Kind & Anticipated Appeal Funds: $ 1,762,528

Thank you for your continued support for the emergency needs of flood victims in areas of Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

For further information, please contact:

ACT Co-ordinator, Miriam Lutz (Phone ++41 22 791 6032 or Mobile ++41 89 203 6055)
Or
ACT Appeals Consultant, Dirk Van Gorp (Phone ++ 41 22 791 6040)

Regards.

Ecumenical Centre, 150 route de Ferney , P.O. Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Phone: ++41 22 791 6033 Fax: ++41 22 791 6506 E-mail: act@wcc-coe.org Telex: 415 730 OIK CH