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Here is some background information on the Iraq Water Project, if you're interested: 1) the first press release, and 2) an initial description of the project -----------Fwd Message----------- http://www.iraqwaterproject.com/press/pr1.htm Press Release October 2000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE US Veterans to go to Iraq to Rebuild Water-Treatment Facilities United States military Veterans will go to Iraq to help rebuild water treatment facilities that were either destroyed by U.S. and British bombers, or rendered inoperable by the allies-led economic sanctions. Veterans for Peace, Inc., a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization with a long record of accomplishments since its creation in 1985, is proud to launch The Iraq Water Project. Veterans for Peace, Inc. is an organization based in Washington, DC that holds 81 chapters nationwide as well as several international affiliations. It is an accredited NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with the United Nations through their Department of Public Information. Waterborne diseases account for most of the child fatalities caused by sanctions (at least 4,000 per month under the age of 5 years old). Under The Iraq Water Project, Veterans for Peace (VFP) will restore water- cleansing capabilities and provide 10 years of maintenance to four water-treatment facilities located in a suburb of Basrah (a major city in the southeast) called Abul Khaseeb. This area has been ravaged by 2 wars, sanctions, and ongoing bombings. Furthermore, it has been virtually poisoned by the aftereffects of depleted uranium weapons and ammunition use. The population in the region that will be serviced by The Iraq Water Project totals between 65,000-70,000 people. Funds to be raised for repair are between $110,000-$125,000. In an unprecedented effort to further expose the devastating effects of US-led sanctions on Iraq, two teams of former US servicepeople' Viet Nam, Korean War, and WW II veterans, as well as many Gulf War veterans will enter Iraq. They then will physically help rebuild these four water facilities. It is the intent of The Iraq Water Project for the public to see US service veterans working alongside Iraqi engineers. The first team of veterans is scheduled to depart the US on October 2. The Iraq Water Project is a partnership with Life for Relief and Development, another non-profit organization. Life is the only relief organization to have dual permission from both the Iraqi government and the US Treasury Department, to do relief work in Iraq. It is they who will work out the logistics inside Iraq. The project is led by Co-Chairperson Fredy Champagne; VFP Board of Directors member and Viet Nam veteran. In 1988, Mr. Champagne created a similar but larger program in 1988 called the Veterans Viet Nam Restoration Project (VVRP). The VVRP provided American veterans and others with opportunities to return to Viet Nam for humanitarian service. The VVRP operate(d) under the premise that returning to Viet Nam, working directly on community projects and returning to former war zones where they served, helps veterans heal the legacy of war. The other Co-Chairperson is Edilith Eckart, longtime noted peace activist and recent winner of Physicians for Social Responsibility's "Broad Street Pump" award. Ms. Eckart has been a long-standing member of VFP' s Board of Directors. She now devotes most of her energies to The Iraq Water Project. The Project Coordinator for The Iraq Water Project is accomplished New York City Playwright Michael John Carley. Mr. Carley is also VFP's United Nations NGO Representative, for whom he has worked in Bosnia and Iraq, among others, since 1991. -----------End----------- And here is an initial description of the project: -----------Fwd Message----------- http://www.oz.net/~vvawai/gulfwar/vfp-water-project.html Veterans for Peace: Iraq Water Project From: Fredy Champagne Subject: Iraq Water Project Launch To all who have expressed an interest in going to Iraq with us: We are close to receiving our final approval and permission from the Iraqi Government and our US Treasury License. I'm enclosing a 3-page summary of the project. We are about to launch our press conference and fund-raising campaign. Our new color brochures are being printed. Our website will be up soon. Want to help? Are you seriously interested? IRAQ WATER PROJECT - Summary of Current Proposal SUMMARY: In response to the continuing crisis in Iraq due to the economic sanctions imposed by the United States, Veterans for Peace members in Northern California have initiated a project proposal aimed at improving the quality of water supply. Members of VFP intend to travel to Iraq and begin the hands-on work to restore clean and filter water to small villages. PROBLEM: The economic sanctions are killing nearly 6000 persons per month in Iraq as we speak. Many of these deaths can be prevented with adequate supplies of clean and filtered water. Many water treatment plants have been rendered inoperable by the continued bombing campaign. In addition, the delivery system of pipes, pumps and valves have been damaged allowing untreated water to enter the delivery system. The Iraqi government is being prevented from importing the pipes, equipment and fittings as supplies necessary to improve the situation. PROPOSAL: Veterans for Peace proposes to send a team of veterans and activists to Iraq to begin the process rebuilding the water treatment facilities. VFP cannot do this alone. VFP proposes to "begin" this process of rebuilding Iraq's water treatment facilities in hopes that we can inspire other organizations to join with us in a coalition to complete this work. RESULTS EXPECTED: Veterans for Peace proposes to lead the first teams of veterans back into Iraq. As American veterans working to help ease Iraqi suffering with hand's on work in Iraq, we would naturally receive a great deal of publicity in the US press. We would hope to call the attention of the American public to this problem, and join in the world-wide movement to end the sanctions. It is up to us, here in the heart of the beast, to stop the US government from continuing these cruel sanctions. HISTORY: Veterans for Peace has a strong history of helping and supporting projects in Viet Nam, Cuba, Laos, Chiapas, El Salvador, Bosnia and Nicaragua. Veterans for Peace has called for the lifting of the sanctions, and this project will add weight and deed to words. INTRODUCTION In Iraq there are actually 188 water treatment facilities/centers/plants. Towards the south, near Basrah, is where we all know the greatest need lies. Southeast of the Basrah city proper, and lying right next to the Iranian border, is a suburb called "Abul Khaseeb." This suburb, or "district", is home to roughly 145,000 people and utilizes 7 of the aforementioned 188 treatment plants. Of those 7, none are operating even remotely well. However, 3 are presently being fixed by outside agencies. This will improve things dramatically for slightly more than half the population. The 4 remaining plants, of which there are no plans for restoration, serve a population of 66,000-70,000 people, most of whom are workers, date farmers, and fishing industry employees. No doubt you can guess that this population has been devastated by two wars (Iran and the U.S.) as well as sanctions. This is a high, need area. There's no sewage treatment, no water treatment. THE FOUR PLANTS 1. Labbani A medium to large-sized facility serving at least 55,000 people. For PR purposes, the sheer number of populace served could be instrumental to our success. However, here the water is partially treated, whereas the other 3 have no treatment at all (forget drinking, the water isn't even fit for bathing at the other 3-just laundry). What that means is that while people are getting sick from the water, few, if any, are dying from it. 2. Hamden Bridge Services at least 3,000. PR-wise, 3,000 is nothing, but there is a huge, need here. The suffering is immense. 3. Hamden Ballad Same as above-3,000 served and high need. Also, this is right next to a schoolyard. While we were inspecting the facility, kids frequently came over to drink the water running from a loose pipe. 4. Nahar-Khooz Interesting site. This community was isolated in a somewhat remote spot so that the 5,000 residents could be right next to the fertilizer factory where they worked. The company built the water facility. However, in 1991 the plant was bombed during the Gulf war and has never been rebuilt. FUND-RAISING PLAN FOR IRAQ WATER PROJECT Abul Khasib Valley, SE of Basrah Anticipated budget for the Iraq Water Project is as follows: $98,000. Below you will see the four water treatment plants with a breakdown of each plant's cost of renovation. Nahar-Khooz (5,000 persons) Total cost: $23,000 Repair $18,000 New generator $2,500 Maintenance for est. 10 year period $2,500 Hamden Bridge (3,000 persons) Total cost: $20,000 Repair $12,500 New generator $5,000 Maintenance for est. 10 year period $2,500 Hamden Balad ("town" 3,000 persons) Total cost: $20,000 Repair $12,500 New generator $5,000 Maintenance for est. 10 year period $2,500 Labbani Treatment facility (55,000persons) Total cost: $35,000. Repair $30,000 Repairs to existing generator $2,500 Maintenance for est. 10 year period $2,500 The challenge for Veterans for Peace, Inc. is to raise a total of $98,000 or more within the next 12-18 months. It is anticipated that these funds will be raised with a combination of grants, and donations. In general, the project should be sub-divided into two smaller projects. First, to complete the Labanni Plant renovations, serving the largest number of people with clean drinking water. The second phase would involve the three smaller treatment facilities. Foundations are expected to contribute to this series of projects. It is hoped that a major foundation will help us with one or more of the water treatment plants. Perhaps the Labbani plant ($35,000) can be funded by one major foundation, or a combination of two or three foundations. It could be 6-9 months before these grants can be prepared and approved and funds released. We've been asked: "Where in the budget is the airfare"? Sorry, not here. Each veteran or delegate team member that travels to Iraq as part of our projects, will pay their own expenses. Each team member would beauthorized to raise his/her own funds to participate and thereby,support themselves. In addition, each team member would contribute to a trip fund to cover all expenses such as food, lodging, transportation, etc. There are many ways to help. As you saw in our summary, we need to raise $36,000 for our first project, the Labanni plant. We can do this, but obviously, we will need a lot of help. We, the IWP Committee, will be responsible for raising these funds. But we will need coordinators in most major cities to help us with the following: Help us publicize the project with the local media in your area. Help us outreach to all Peace and Justice organizations in your area,including veterans groups, Muslim or other faith religious groups,humanitarian groups, etc. We need our information spread on theirmailinglists, and we'd like to get other organizations to put on an event for us as a fund-raiser. Help us find Gulf War Veterans willing to go with us on our first team. We have several volunteers already, from the Viet Nam war and Korea and WWII. We need the Gulf War Veterans to front our team and "lead" our team back into Iraq. We'll have more media impact if there are more Gulf War Vets. Therefore, can you find us any, even one, that can be sent from your area. Other organizers around the country will try and do the same in each area we are represented. And of course, you are invited to go. We have not yet limited ourselves, and think that the larger the delegation, the better. If you cannot go, we would still love to have your help. Are you an organizer? Are you a fund-raiser? Do you have your own mailing list of Iraq Supporters? Do you have time and desire to pump out our material on the net to everyone we can get our copy to? All help appreciated. Fredy Champagne  firstname.lastname@example.org Co-Chair, Iraq Water Project Ph/Fax 707.943.1874 Member Board of Directors Veterans for Peace -----------End----------- _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk