Winter has arrived in the Balkans. With the first dusting of snow
on the ground, the "Winterisation Programme" is taking
on a new sense of urgency for the NATO-led peacekeeping force, KFOR.
Throughout the Region, KFOR, in close co-ordination with international
organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the United
Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo, has assisted in the distribution
of shelter kits. Most have been delivered now so the emphasis will
soon shift to shipping food and firewood.
KFOR's Force Support Brigade continues to participate in Exercise
Shelter Express and has transported a total of 22 truckloads of
winterisation materials. KFOR has also been involved in a multitude
of other projects ranging from transportation of material for the
International Medical Corps vaccination programme, distribution
of 100 of the German NGO, Arbeiter Samariter Bund's school packets,
and distribution of 2,418 cubic meters of firewood donated by Finnish
Church Aid, to name just a few.