1. Disabled people NGOs.
1.1"Disability Awareness Programme".
The main materials for the 4th film, "Rights of Disabled
People" were prepared. The TV crew is still working on this.
The final version of the first of 3 posters of different sizes
in English and Azeri has been printed and is ready for
distribution. We are currently working on defining places where
to display them for maximum exposure. We will involve volunteers
in the distribution of posters.
A press article, "Rights of Disabled People", was
published on the 17.01.98 in the "525" Newspaper. The
author of this article is himself a wheelchair-user. After
publication he received a lot of telephone calls expressing
gratitude that he raise this most important question. Also a
disabled man, a professor of mathematics, published another
article in the "Eliller" newspaper ("Disabled
People") and supported the idea of people getting together
in order to address the issue more actively.
1.2 Disabled Women Group (DWG).
This project is devoted to the promotion of the work of the
initiative DWG to further develop it into a Co-ordination Centre
of a Disabled Women Organisations. The work of the psychological,
information and employment subgroups is on going .
At the moment DWG has been preparing the Constitution and
other documents and have passed them for registration to the
Ministry of Justice to became an NGO.
Some articles for the Regional Disability Newsletter were
1.3 Information centre for the disabled people
Disabled People association "Design" - The
official opening of the centre was on the 27th of January. The
centre is admitting disable people regardless of their age and
social conditions and is giving them free consultation and
information on the following issues: Disability Law, Addresses of
the required institutions where to apply, Codes and Legislation
of the Azerbaijan Republic.
The Centre is open from 10.00 till 18.00 except Sundays.
Address: 26, Talibli Str., metro "Inshaatchilar",
(near Notary office). Tel: 326810, 326156
2. Women's NGOs.
2.1."Rights of Women in Prison"- Women Rights
Defence Association (WRDA) -
The project is finished. At the moment WRDA is analysing the
results, and impact and is making preparations for the joint
workshop with the participation of the women-prisoners, prison
authorities, NGO and WRDA representatives. Some findings from the
project will be discussed at that workshop, which hopefully will
be held in February.
2.2.Training on Rights and Laws for IDP women at the
Oxfams Community Centres.
Women Rights Defence Association - This project is to hold a
training programme on Rights (Humans, Womens,
Educational, Civil and Public, Refugees Law) for the IDP
women at the 29 Oxfams community Centres in Barda (south
and North), Terter, Yevlakh, Sheki and Mingachevir in order to
increase their Legal Awareness and self confidence. Training will
be held for a period of 6 months.
Legal Advice Centre
"Independent Lawyers Centre" - This project
is to organise a Legal Advice Centre to provide free access to
legal advice and to a Library on current legislation. The
official opening of the Centre was on 3rd of February. Two
Lawyers and the clerk will be working full time, 6 days a week
Address: 90/2, Bashir Safaroglu str., Baku, 370009.
Telephone/fax: 953797, E-mail: email@example.com
Current projects under consideration by OXFAM for funding
are as follows:
"Consulting Centre on further development of the private
sector and farming"- VATAN
"Monitoring of Womens Rights" - Human Rights
"Single mothers" - Centre for the Strategic Research
Shovcat Ali-zade, Programme Officer
4. BARDA PROGRAMME MONTHLY REPORT
4.1 ECHO PROJECT
1.1. Fruit Trees
Post monitoring of fruit trees is already undertaken by
Programme Assistant in Goronboy and Guzanli ECHO camps.
1.2 Production and Distribution of Sheets, Woven Floor Rugs
and Knitted Clothing
a) Production continued throughout the month for palas.
b) The labour price for floor rugs is now 35,000 manats
c) Palas production needed to be speeded up. It has been
decided that producers will produce 1 floor rug a week. This was
necessary considering the planned distribution to take place by
early March. However, quality of finished work will be strictly
a) Material has been already purchased and production of bed
Linen is started.
b) Started cutting second batch materials for Bed linen in the
There was only 23 produced items during the month. This was
due to contractors inability to supply the raw materials on
1.3 Equipment for Disabled:
Quotation for the items has been already collected. After
finalising the quotation, procurement will be done in late
1.4 Water Scheme (ECHO CAMP)
After the survey carried out at Goronboy and Yevlakh camps it
was decided to see the possibilities of artesian well drilling.
Information on artesian well drilling companies had been gathered
from different sources and the outcome of this survey is that
deep well drilling is quite expensive. Different ways of dealing
with this problem have been investigated. At present Oxfam is
facing some resistance from the local Excom. A letter has been
already forwarded to the Excom in order to clarify the issues.
The work will start immediately after a positive response is
1.5 Water Schemes (Small Settlements)
New places for small water scheme construction had been
identified by engineers together with community workers.
New type of latrines with lined pits which are raised above
ground level because of the high water table are designed for
Yevlakh ECHO settlement.
1.7 ECHO Bath house Improvements
Bathhouse improvement/construction in Mingechevir, Yevlakh and
Sheki, which were mentioned in December report are under way.
Progress is a bit slow due to cold weather. These bathhouses will
be completed in February.
1.8 Washing Places
No washing places have been constructed in January, 1998. So
far 35 washing places have been completed.
1.9 Rubbish Collection Points
10 rubbish collection points have been constructed during this
month in Goronboy ECHO camp. The design has been modified in
order to avoid breading places for flies and mosquitoes. All
together 40-rubbish collection points have been constructed.
1.10 Shelter Repairs
Distribution of small repair kits to support IDPs living in
individual houses was started this month. By the end of this
month 153 kits to 153 families have been distributed to the
- Barda North 35
- Barda Soyth 45
- Tartar 73
By the end of January this activity supported 356 families who
are housed in public buildings and in individual houses.
1.11 School Room Repairs
No schoolrooms have been repaired this month. So far 31
schoolrooms have been renovated by this activity.
1.12 Sun/Rain Shelters
No further work has been done in this month. So far 184
sun/rain shelters have been constructed.
1.13 Community Centres
The construction of 2 community centres in Guzanli ECHO camp
was completed this month. All together 11 community centres have
1.14 Childrens Group Materials
Oxfam community workers are regularly visiting the community
centres and encouraging different kinds of childrens
1.15 Community Group Materials
The list of materials provided to different community groups
are mentioned in December 97 report. Further materials
distributed to the community centres are mentioned below and
community workers are regularly visiting these groups.
The work carried out by Oxfam community workers in different
field are as follows:
a) Support to Engineering
- Held meetings (3 in all) at Guzanli ECHO camp to solicit
community ideas and opinion in order to address the water problem
in the camp.
- Assisted engineers to distribute the Small Repairs kits.
- Continued to identify possible areas where engineering
intervention could be made.
b) Organise cleaning Campaign in the Communities.
- January 26-30 was set to be the Cleaning Campaign week in
all the settlements where Oxfam is operational. This is planned
to continue at the end of every month until the residents carry
out this activitiy independently of Oxfam. The campaign was
participated by other residents in the community except those
groups of women and children from other areas who usually visit
Oxfam built community centres. In some communities such as
Goronboy and Rail Way Wagon for instance, beneficiaries dug pits
for the garbage, and a tractor collected all the rubbish, filled
the pits with it and finally covered with fresh earth.
c) Collection of stories in the community.
Materials are intended to be compiled and printed in the form
of stories stressing things or areas in their own homes or their
environment that pose a danger and health hazard to members of
the family or the people in the community as a whole. Community
workers have started to collect the stories ensuring that they
get the perspective of a danger/hazard issue from the perspective
of both child and adult.
It is expected to highlight salient points concerning
maintenance of engineering structures in the community such as in
the case of washing places; the importance of closing the tap
after use for instance that results to stagnant water puddles or
ponds inevitably to become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
d) Other Activities
Preliminary groundwork undertaken in preparation for the
planned meeting of parents with disabled children.
e) Distribution of Materials under the current programme
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Note: e = electric; o = oil burning; w = wood burning
1.16 Road Repairs
The construction of gravel road in Mingachevir ECHO settlement
has been completed. The progress of work in Sheki and Yevlakh
ECHO settlements is according to the time schedule and completion
of work is expected in mid February, where construction of road
in Goranboy ECHO is going slowly.
4.2 NOVIB INCOME GENERATION PROJECT
Staff were busy the whole month in conducting different
meetings with Saving and Credit (SC) groups. IG Regional Adviser
Camilla visited Barda in the week starting from 21. Together with
Camilla, formats of necessary documents for record keeping and
bookkeeping have been finalised. These formats will be
distributed to the groups for proper record keeping. Training
will be organised for bookkeepers in February.
Oxfam plan is to support only 10 groups in this pilot
programme, which finishes in March. However, there are far more
groups already formed by self-initiative. It will be difficult to
ignore these groups. This issue has been already discussed with
IG Adviser. It is envisaged that initially groups will not ask
for huge amount of money therefore, it will be possible to
support other groups if necessary.
So far 14 groups have been formed. Out of these, 8 groups are
properly formed and have started regular savings. At the initial
stage it is important to visit these groups on a regular basis in
order to provide forms and continuous support. It has been found
difficult to monitor these groups with one community worker.
There are already 4 or 5 womens groups, which need constant
support. Due to cultural sensitivity, it is necessary to recruit
a woman community worker. The position has been already
advertised. Interview is scheduled in mid February.
Kishor Sharma and the Barda staff