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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Donors pledge to assist Tsunami transitional shelter dwellers

The Island: 11/04/2006"

Donor organizations have pledged their assistance to maintain reasonable living conditions in the transitional shelters of the Tsunami affected families until they migrate into permanent dwellings.

The pledge was made by the International Organization of Migration (IOM), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and others at a donor briefing held last week organized by the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA). The meeting was chaired by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of RADA, who informed the donors of the need to provide support to families still living in transitional shelters until more permanent solutions could be arranged.

UN Resident Coordinator, Miguel Bermeo told the meeting that the transitional shelter program has been recognized as a genuine success by the international community, and that it is necessary to stay committed to the people who were so badly affected by the tsunami, just over one year ago. ?The good news is, that this does not require a great amount of resources, just continuing what was started?, he said.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), recently requested by RADA to be the Lead Agency to coordinate Care and Maintenance for Shelters, also made a presentation on the organization?s present capacity to implement this programme. Addressing the meeting, Programme Officer, IOM, Ms. Rana Jaber explained that funding would be necessary to allow the agencies that remain committed to giving assistance to provide basic support to the 56,000 families remaining in transitional shelters.

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