In 1997 Hayat implemented two projects funded by UNHCR - "Shelter" and
The objective of shelter project was to provide single families limestone houses to the
IDP-Refugee families who were living in inadequate conditions (dug-outs, ramshackle
Besides that in order to provide the IDP residents of the newly constructed single
family units with access to sanitary facilities there were constructed latrines (each
shelter has a latrine nearby) in the selected area with the accordance of the number of
There have been also made external electrical installation as well as basic
electrification of the limestone houses.
Totally in 1997 HAYAT constructed 70 shelters and 70 latrines in Sabirabad region.
The objective of "Sheep" project was to provide IDP/Refugee
families with past experience in keeping of animals with the means to re-engage themselves
in a small scale sheep rearing activity and to provide beneficiaries with economic
incentives to utilize the assistance provided for other economic spin-off benefits such as
sale of wool and milk
Besides that in order to ensure control over epidemiological and sanitary management of
domestic animals all distributed sheep were vaccinated.
Totally there were distributed 3 020 sheep and 177 900 kg of fodder (oats) to 604
IDP/Refugee families in Ismailli, Kurdamir, Ujar regions.
Over the past 13 months (beginning since February 1997) Hayat in partnership with Mercy
Corps International implemented a US government - funded Public Building Repair
project in Baku. The aim of the Project was to rehabilitate 46 degraded buildings
in Baku housing IDP families.
The targeted IDP population segment included those facing near-certain long-term
displacement from the contested area of Azerbaijan namely from Shusha, Lachin, Zangilan,
Kelbajar and Gubadly. Targeted buildings are located in 5 districts in Baku.
The MCI-Hayat project benefits 4 329 IDP families including 7 290 children who had been
forced to flee their homes during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The objective is to
improve living conditions and encourage the community to participate in the repair work,
maintenance and upkeep of the buildings. This project was over on the 3-rd of April 1998.
Besides that Hayat is currently distributing quilts and seeds received from UNHCR among
the beneficiaries of "Sheep" and "Shelter" projects.
Since 05 May 1997 up to these days Hayat has been implementing NGO
Migration sector development Project (NGO MSDP). The NGO MSDP is a joint
initiative of International Organization for Migration and Hayat. The overall goal of NGO
MSDP is: to significantly assist in the strengthening and self-development of the Azeri
National NGO migration sector in a manner consistent with the principles declared in the
CIS conference Programme of Action.
With this purpose Recourse Center for NGOs working on migration
issues has been established. Being created for the development of migration sector in
Azerbaijan and for the increase of the NGOs activity with the financial support from
International Organization Migration (IOM), the Resource Center for NGOs, dealing with
migration problems started its activity in May, 1997 within the frames of Humanitarian
Organization HAYAT. It provides its services to Azeri NGOs. They cover: access to data
base library, opportunity to receive consultations, holding seminars, setting contacts.
Aims of Resource Center are the following:
- to organize a public library and information center on NGO working on migration issues
- to collect database about the Azerbaijan NGOs, international NGOs, funds, social and
research institutions and more information in migration sector in world wide.
- to organize training courses
- to organize seminars and conferences focusing on the migration and refugees problems.
A key component of the NGO MSDP was the establishment of the Small Projects Fund for
national NGOs in the migration sector. Granting round was announced in October 1997.
Through this fund which is managed by HAYAT several promising National NGOs got an
opportunity of accessing through a competitive proposal creation and review process,
modest funding for specific proposed activities that support the CISCONF Programme of
Action and the National Implementation Plan.
With the purpose of discussing and rating projects submitted by local NGOs which
would like to take part in granting round the representatives of the following
organizations took part in two Board meetings held on 22 December 1997 and 13 January
1998: IOM, Save the Children, NRC, Hayat, UNHCR, ISAR, OSI (Soros). In accordance with
unanimous decision of the Board members the projects of the following local NGOs
have been granted: "Sanya", Women and Development center and Mothers Society
"Umid" - Helsinki Citizens Assembly national committee.