2007

2007-12-01 ~ 2008-11-30
Agency: Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD)
US$25,000

Lebanon, a country that shares borders with Israel and Syria, hosts the largest number of Palestinian refugees. It is estimated that there are around 230,000 Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. Earlier this year fierce fighting in Tripoli, north Lebanon, spread to Naher el Bared camp causing 30,000 Palestinian refugees to flee their homes and take refuge in nearby camps. Many families are still displaced and living in government school buildings. The UN agency responsible for the region has created a temporary new camp so that refugees can vacate the school premises in time for the new school year. As the winter season sets in with cold and rain there is an urgent need for water heaters to ensure warm water for bathing.

2007-12-01 ~ 2008-11-30
Agency: Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)
US$25,000

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans have been forced to cross into neighbouring countries due to food shortages, near total collapse of the domestic economy and continued political repression in Zimbabwe. It is estimated that between 800,000 and 1 million people have fled to South Africa in search of employment so they can send food back to their families in Zimbabwe. The majority of the refugees are men and they are going without food themselves in order to support their families.

2007-11-01 ~ 2008-10-30
Agency: JEN
US$25,000

After the 2 decades of civil war in Southern Sudan refugees and IDPs began returning home in 2005. The return of 3.7million IDPs and about 350,000 refugees is continuing through organized returns and spontaneously. UNHCR recorded 96,508 returnees to South Sudan by December 2006 and is planning 102,000 in 2007.

2007-11-01 ~ 2008-10-30
Agency: Lutheran World Federation
US$25,000

Adjumani district is located in the north-west of Uganda. It is a poor district that has suffered frequent flows of refugees both into and out of Sudan as well as inflows of IDPs from the Acholi region as a result of activities by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army). As a result of this constant population flow pressure has been put on marginal lands that are ecologically fragile. Woody and non-woody biomass has been indiscriminately harvested and removed for use as firewood, lighting, warming shelters, charcoal burning, house construction, and making of furniture, leaving behind fields and areas bare of trees and shade, also contributing to erosion and loss of soil nutrients.

2007-11-01 ~ 2008-10-30
Agency: Right to Play
US$33,000

A Refugees International Japan team visited Juba, capital of southern Sudan, in April 2007 to learn more about the repatriation programme and to research opportunities for funding a youth project to promote at an RIJ event. The UNHCR office was very helpful and introduced RIJ to Right to Play.

2007-11-01 ~ 2008-10-30
Agency: MA’AN through Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA
US$25,000

The Gaza Strip has one of the densest populations in the world with about 1.5 million people living in 360 square kilometers. The majority of the population is refugees and over 50% of the refugees live in 8 camps. 70% of households live below the poverty line and 42% live in extreme poverty. There are limited resources and little economic activity so people depend on outside supplies of food, medicines and fuel. The UN agency for the region, International Committee of the Red Cross and World Food Programme co-ordinate aid deliveries.

2007-11-01 ~ 2008-10-30
Agency: El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, Alpheda
US$25,000

The situation in the Gaza Strip is outlined in the previous report 23/2007, along with an introduction to APHEDA.

El Wafa was established 20 years ago to serve the poor and elderly population of the Gaza Strip. El Wafa Elderly Nursing Home provided for people over 60 who lacked the social network for care. In 1995 they built the El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, which now has 52 beds. Since 1995 the hospital has served 8,700 people through the Outpatient department, 1,960 inpatients and 3,670 people in community based programmes. It is the only hospital in the Gaza Strip providing medical support and services to severely disabled people.

2007-10-01 ~ 2008-09-30
Agency: Christian Children’s Fund, Uganda
US$25,000

In 2006 Refugees International Japan provided funding for the construction of a school in Coope community for those originally displaced in Coope camp. The on-going peace talks between the LRA and the government of Uganda and the subsequent cessation of hostilities agreement has contributed to the return of peace in northern Uganda. As a result most people in Northern Uganda are slowly returning back home. As people began to return home from Coope the camp members decided that the location of the new school would be more beneficial nearer their original homes. CCFU are working with the local community to support other schools that host large numbers of internally displaced children. It is hoped that the new school will help ease the congestion in these schools.

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: DARE – Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education
US$25,000

To learn more about the refugee situation in Burma and the issues involved please look at our Burma country profile.

DARE has been working in communities on the Thai-Burma border to support the reduction of drug and alcohol dependency amongst ethnic Burmese refugees since 2000. The DARE for All Family Project deals with domestic violence, provides support and treatment for women, operates a youth programme and promotes relapse prevention and community responsibility.