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Call for Donations to Aid Thousands in Need in Kyrgyzstan


Arlington, VA, June 20, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Counterpart International is making an urgent call for donations to aid victims of the recent outbreak of civil violence in southern Kyrgyzstan. Counterpart’s Humanitarian Assistance Program has already released U.S. Department of State-funded disaster relief packages valued at more than $200,000 to Osh and Jalal-Abad, the main areas of conflict.

The disaster packages include medical supplies, surgical instruments, folding litters, towels, bedding, clothing, footwear and food. Within days, two more containers of clothing, footwear, bedding and hygiene supplies, valued at more than $201,000, will arrive in southern Kyrgyzstan. Additional containers of hygiene kits valued at over $700,000 will depart within the coming week.

“At this time, we’re requesting monetary donations to help with the crisis,” says Rang Hee Kim, Senior Director of Counterpart’s Humanitarian Assistance Programs. “In a situation like this, cash donations will have the greatest impact in the most efficient and timely manner. The donations collected will fund the local purchase and distribution of critically needed aid. Shipment of material goods collected here in the U.S. requires weeks to coordinate and transport. Monetary donations can make a difference on the ground immediately.”

Donors are encouraged to visit Counterpart’s Web site to make an online contribution. Donations designated to the Kyrgyzstan Crisis are a contribution to the overall disaster relief efforts of Counterpart International in Kyrgyzstan. Donations collected will be used where the need is greatest. Since donations are supporting Counterpart’s mission to empower people around the world, they are tax-deductible.

On June 10, brutal violence broke out in the city of Osh and spread to Jalal-Abad and adjacent territories. Tens of thousands have been displaced, thousands are in need of immediate medical attention and the death toll nears 200. The tens of thousands of refugees fleeing across the border include women, children and wounded. Over the course of the last week, the situation has deteriorated into Kyrgyzstan’s worst case of civil violence in two decades. With security still not fully restored, many people remain cut off from aid and are in desperate need of medical supplies and food items.

Counterpart has been active in the Kyrgyz Republic since 1996. Today, after nearly 14 years of working in partnership with the Kyrgyz people to rebuild, develop and transform communities, more than 593 containers of humanitarian assistance—valued at approximately $85 million and containing food, shelter, medical supplies, clothing and other basic necessities—have been delivered. These distributions were made with the help of more than 863 governmental and non-governmental institutions in all seven Oblasts of Kyrgyz Republic.
Since 1993, Counterpart has been meeting the basic needs of vulnerable populations in 61 countries around the world. To date, Counterpart has provided more than $1.2 billion in humanitarian assistance to organizations and individuals donated from the U.S. government, corporations, charitable organizations and individuals.

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Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been working in partnership with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions. Learn more at www.counterpart.org.
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