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04ZAGREB172
2004-01-29 10:17:00
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Embassy Zagreb
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CROATIA REQUEST UNDER AMBASSADORS' FUND FOR

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UNCLAS ZAGREB 000172 SIPDIS DEPT FOR PRM/ENA -- CBLAKEMAN BELGRADE FOR REFCOORD E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREF HR SUBJECT: CROATIA REQUEST UNDER AMBASSADORS' FUND FOR REFUGEES REF: STATE 7199 IN FY 03 POST IDENTIFIED SOME CRITICAL GAPS IN FUNDING FOR REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND PRM RESPONDED WITH FUNDING FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES FOR A HOSPITAL IN KNIN, AND SUPPORT FOR A COMMUNITY CENTER SERVING AN ETHNICALLY MIXED COMMUNITY. WE HAVE CONSULTED WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, NGOS, AND IN THE GOVERNMENT AND HAVE IDENTIFIED SOME ADDITIONAL CRITICAL GAPS IN FY 04 THAT COULD BE ADDRESSED THROUGH THE AMBASSADORS' FUND FOR REFUGEES. WE REQUEST THAT PRM MAKE AVAILABLE TO POST $20,000 IN FY 04 FUNDING FOR THE FOLLOWING PRIORITY PROJECTS: DVOR KINDERGARTEN: $5,000 FOR REBUILDING OF THE HEATING SYSTEM. THE KINDERGARTEN WAS RECONSTRUCTED FOLLOWING THE WAR THROUGH FINANCING PROVIDED BY USAID, ASB (GERMAN SUPPORTED), AND THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT. HOWEVER, SUBSEQUENT TO THE RECONSTRUCTION, THE HEATING SYSTEM HAS BEGUN TO FAIL AND MUST BE REPLACED. THE PREVIOUS DONORS CANNOT ADDRESS THIS NEED DUE TO FUNDING GAPS. VUKOVAR SECONDARY SCHOOL: $5,000 FOR COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT. THE SCHOOL HAS A MIXED STUDENT BODY OF ETHNIC CROATS AND SERBS, INCLUDING BOTH RETURNED REFUGEES AND IDPS. HOWEVER, RESOURCES AVAILABLE HAVE PROVEN WHOLLY INADEQUATE FOR STUDENTS RECREATIONAL NEEDS, AS WELL AS ACCESS TO THE INTERNET AND THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT WOULD PROVIDE. GOVERNMENTAL SOURCES AND OTHER DONORS ARE UNABLE TO MEET THIS FUNDING NEED. LIPOVACA PRIMARY SCHOOL EXTENSION: $5,000 FOR FURNISHINGS AND A COMPUTER SYSTEM. THE SCHOOL, WHICH SERVES GRADES 1-4 IN AN ETHNICALLY MIXED AREA OF FORMER REFUGEES AND IDPS IN EASTERN SLAVONIA, WAS RECONSTRUCTED FOLLOWING THE WAR BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION. HOWEVER, NO FUNDING HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED FOR FURNISHINGS, WHICH ARE SORELY LACKING. UDBINA CLINIC: $5,000 FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND FURNISHINGS. THE CLINIC WAS RECENTLY RECONSTRUCTED THROUGH FINANCING PROVIDED BY THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT. THE RECONSTRUCTION FINANCING WAS INSUFFICIENT TO EQUIP AND FURNISH THE CLINIC, WHICH SERVES A LARGE RURAL WAR-AFFECTED AREA IN WHICH MANY RETURNEES LIVE AND HAVE LITTLE ACCESS TO OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. POST WILL IMPLEMENT AND MANAGE PROJECT FUNDS, AND ENSURE APPROPRIATE MONITORING AND FOLLOW-UP. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE, POST WILL ARRANGE FOR PRESS OR PUBLIC ATTENTION TO OUR CONTRIBUTIONS, AND USE THE OCCASION TO HIGHLIGHT OUR SUPPORT FOR REFUGEE RETURN AND REINTEGRATION IN CROATIA. FRANK NNNN