Première Urgence’s NFI (Non Food Items) distributions are ongoing in Tbilisi. In addition to that, the crisis-affected can now also count on additional NFI-support (i.e. liquid soap, blankets, kitchen sets and jerry cans) in and around Gori. Today, one Première Urgence convoy left Georgia’s capital at 9H00 and arrived in Gori at 11H30. Though there were Georgian as well as Russian road-blocks on the way, necessary support could reach the crisis-affected without major hindrances.
Russian-held checkpoint close to Gori, August 19, 2008 : Première Urgence’s relief items could reach the crisis-affected almost without any hindrance. Verification of our relief items at a Russian-held check point inside Gori.
After having contacted the local focal point of the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation, Première Urgence went to the place which was indicated as being the most urgent distribution point.
Ateni, 8 km’s south of Gori, August 19, 2008 : The responsible person approves the quality and quantity of relief items before the distribution takes place. Active beneficiary involvement is the key for any relief distribution process.
In parallel needs-assessments were carried out. The latter confirmed that NFI’s, but also food and medicine are items which are requested by the crisis-affected.