Nazran, "Assa" hotel, room 203
Centre for Peacemaking and Community Development is assisting Chechen Refugees in Ingushetia.
Despite the tragic situation currently developing in the North Caucasus, the Centre for Peacemaking and Community Development, which we wrote about in the March issue of the "Monitor", is currently continuing and expanding its operations in this violent region. The new war in Chechnya forced the Centre to move its operations to neighboring Ingushetia - an area that hosted over 200,000 internally displaced people from Chechnya.
In such a difficult situation the Centre for Peacemaking and Community Development expanded its activities. Today's activities of CPCD include:
Continuing psychological rehabilitation work with children. CPCD moved its staff who managed the "Little star" center in Grozny (see the March issue of the "Monitor") to a number of refugee camps in Ingushetia. Tents were set up in 4 such camps where CPCD staff continues to work with children, traumatized by the war. These include the "Severnaya tochka" camp near the town of Sleptsovskaya and 3 refugee camps around Karabulak. Currently there are 15 people continuing this type of work. Also, CPCD plans to take a group of 50 refugee children out to Nalchik (Kabardino-Balkaria) for a three-week rest every month.
Another important activity of the Centre for Peacemaking and Community Development is distribution of humanitarian aid. CPCD has already distributed a few thousand blankets and warm clothes for refugee children. A new program that CPCD is currently becoming involved in is the distribution of 2000 food parcels to refugee families. The plan is to provide such aid once every two weeks.
Currently CPCD has an office in the "Assa" hotel in Nazran.
The activities of CPCD as well as of other similar organizations clearly highlight the important role that NGOs may play during such tragic events as the ones we currently see developing in the North Caucasus.
Last updated: April 2000
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).