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2007

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

In 2007 Lebanon hosted more than 450,000 Palestinian refugees. In May of that year, an intense conflict 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 were displaced and temporarily relocated to government school buildings and UNRWA Shelters.

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

In 2007, tens of thousands of Zimbabweans fled 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 had fled to South Africa in search of employment and to send food back to their families in Zimbabwe. The majority of the refugees in early 2007 were men, who went without food themselves in order to support their families back home.

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 continued through organized returns as well as spontaneously. UNHCR recorded 96,508 returnees to South Sudan by December 2006 and was expecting 102,000 in 2007.
Terekeka is a county in Central Equatoria State, which is home to around 90% of returnees from Uganda and 40% of returnees from Democratic Republic of Congo.

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

Adjumani is a poor district in the north west of Uganda; due to the activities of the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), the district saw an increase in Sudanese refugees and IDPs from the Acholi region. Combined, the population increase put pressure on marginal and ecologically fragile lands. Biomass was indiscriminately harvested for use as firewood, lighting, warming shelters, charcoal burning, house construction, leaving areas bare of trees and shade. This contributed to erosion and the loss of soil nutrients.

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

The influx of returnees to Juba in 2007 was causing severe pressure on housing services and an already overstretched infrastructure. 21 years of civil war destroyed much of the region’s infrastructure and so standards of sanitation were very poor. Inadequate basic services and limited availability of pit latrines forced people to use open spaces. Also traditional beliefs among some tribes did not encourage the use of latrines. These factors, combined with a high population density and inadequate sanitation systems, mean that the spread of disease is a severe problem.

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 are 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.

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.

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. From 1995 to 2007 the hospital served 8,700 people through the Outpatient department, 1,960 inpatients and 3,670 people in community based programmes. In 2008 it was 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

The on-going peace talks between the LRA and the government of Uganda and the subsequent cessation of hostilities agreement contributed to the return of peace in northern Uganda. As a result most people in Northern Uganda were slowly returning back home in 2007. 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.

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

Thousands of refugees from Burma have lived confined to the camps in Thailand for 20 years. Thousands have been born in the camps and never left. For the vast majority of them, the only way of life they have ever known is one forced to be dependent on outside assistance. For many young refugees, refugee camps are where they were born and where they grew up, and the only reality they have ever seen exists within the fences of the camp.

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.