Arlington, VA, June 25, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- After disastrous rains in April and May left thousands homeless in Tajikistan’s Khuroson District, Counterpart International (Counterpart) was able to release emergency supplies to displaced families, in partnership with the United States Department of State Humanitarian Programs Office.
“Counterpart was able to immediately respond to the needs of the victims of the mudslide,” said Rang Hee Kim, the Senior Program Manager of Counterpart’s Community and Humanitarian Assistance Programs (CHAP). “The distribution of the disaster stock items was crucial for the villagers who lost everything and needed basic commodity assistance to start rebuilding their lives, homes, and livelihoods,” said Kim, who was there to observe the release of supplies.
Heavy rains and mudslides in April and May 2009 affected the villages of 18th Parts'ezdi Bolo, 18th Parts'ezdi Poyon, and Halkajar, in the Aini Jamoat of the Khuroson District. The United Nations Development Program Rapid Emergency Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDP REACT) reported 1,500 people from 114 families in all three villages have been affected by the mudflows. In April, 17 dwellings were completely destroyed, and an additional 34 were damaged and uninhabitable. Mudslides in May forced inhabitants of another 153 houses out of the area. The majority were forced to leave behind all personal belongings, including livestock.
Counterpart, in response to the devastation, released $233,780 of prepacked disaster supplies from its stock for the three villages in the Khuroson District. The supplies included three 26-meter tents, 100 adjustable beds, 160 sleeping bags, 600 bed sheets, 100 mattresses, 200 cots, 500 blankets, 1,000 special medical blankets, 100 flashlights, 100 pails, 10 water containers, and 400 towels.
The successful response to the disaster was made possible by the U.S. Department of State Office of the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia. In addition to funding CHAP programs in the former Soviet Union, this office provides funding for CHAP to manage the disaster packages located in Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Georgia, and Armenia.
Effects of these mudslides continue, with the most recent death toll at 28. Counterpart and many other social service organizations in Tajikistan are working to deal with the destruction and begin to rebuild the area. Through the relentless efforts of trusted CHAP distribution partners and social service organizations, the disaster victims and disadvantaged populations of Tajikistan will continue to receive humanitarian commodities from the United States of America.
Established in 1965, Counterpart International (Counterpart) has forged strategic partnerships in more than 65 countries. With 350 staff currently operating in 25countries, Counterpart’s programs encompass humanitarian aid and relief assistance, health care, democracy and governance, natural resource management and feeding the impoverished. Though Counterpart’s projects are diverse, they share a common objective: improving the lives of those in need by empowering people and local institutions to develop innovative, holistic, and lasting solutions that address social, economic and environmental challenges. Learn more at www.counterpart.org.