Four Years of ADRA Programs
Another year of distribution is
gone. For ADRA it means that the roaring of trucks, rattling of
containers, long lines of beneficiaries and long days are over. A
time of calmness and peace settled in for the summer, except some
finishing touches to the paper work to wrap up the food project.
To summarize the achievement of ADRAs fourth year in
Nakhichevan and the third year of food distribution in Ganja, we
note that ADRA maintained the number of beneficiaries it is
committed to serve (20,000 in each region), grew more strict with
beneficiary eligibility and created a computer database to
facilitate cross-checking and to locate cases of duplication.
During the 96-97 project ADRA gave
out 2,844 MT of food in the North-west, which directly benefited
99,182 people or about 19,600 families; in Nakhichevan 2,857 MT
were distributed to 140,474 people or approx. 22,000 families.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shipped wheat
flour, rice, pinto beans, and sunflower oil to be distributed to
IDPs, pensioners, invalids (group I) and other people in need. A
similar program will take place this winter.
Family Garden Project
Two Family Garden Projects are now
progressing in Nakhichevan AR and Ganja region for IDP and
Refugee beneficiaries. In Nakhichevan ADRA is going to distribute
650 individual greenhouses and 35 market garden enterprises. In
the North-west 100 market garden enterprises will be created. In
Nakhichevan the project is funded by USAID and headed by Ella
Beavers, in Ganja by UNHCR, directed by Mike Fisher, who has
worked in Azerbaijan since May 96. As Mike Fisher reports
agricultural training was held in August to teach 390
beneficiaries planting and greenhouse techniques. August also
began the procurement of seeds for the tree nursery planed for
Two new Projects just began in
Nakhichevan AR. A Primary Health Care Project funded by USAID is
designed to serve the population in six regions of the Exclave by
setting up three mobile clinics and 44 outpost clinics staffed by
village health workers. A stationary clinic will serve the
residents of the city of Nakhichevan. A Micro-Enterprise Credit
and Loan Project is mainly aimed at assisting farmers who
recently privatized their land. This project also makes provision
to help local traders and artisans. The donor is UNDP.
IDP - internally displaced
person; MT - metric tonne; UNHCR - United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees; USAID - United States Agency for
International Development; USDA -United States Department of
Agriculture; UNDP - United Nations Development Program.
New arrivals to
- Robin Willison
(Canada) - to lead the Primary Health Care Project.
- Phil Beavers (USA) -
Head of Micro-Enterprise Credit and Loan Project.
- Ella Beavers
(Albania) - Family Garden Project Director.
Bakhman Guseinov was born
on December 18, 1962, in Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic. Having
graduated from high school in 1980, Bakhman made up his mind to
further his education to become an agronomist. The same year he
was admitted to Agricultural College named after academician
Temerazev, Moscow, Russia. After graduating in 1985, Bakhman
returned to Nakhichevan as a skilled agronomist to implement
agricultural projects run by AgroComplex (a Soviet institution
coordinating the agriculture sector) as a Senior agronomist. In
January 1989 he assumed a position with the Cabinet of Ministers
as Prime Ministers Assistant, and later on was assigned to
work for the humanitarian aid department (within the same
governmental institution). This is where ADRA first met him back
in November 1993. While working closely with ADRA personnel, as
he commented later, Bakhman noticed them to be very organized,
strict and exacting regarding their job responsibilities, and
meanwhile very just people with unquestionable integrity. In
August 1994 he left the government post and ADRA hired him to
work as Head Coordinators Assistant for the Food Program,
promoting him before long to Head Coordinator. ADRA considers him
a valuable asset due to his tremendous ability to coordinate
ADRAs various activities in Nakhichevan, which is directly
connected with his sound background experience. ADRA extends its
appreciation to its good friend and employee.
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