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ANAMA HOSTED MLI EVALUATION MISSION

On April 12- 17, 2009 Marshall Legacy Institute's (MLI) Program Manager Ms. Elise Becker paid a visit to Azerbaijan with monitoring mission to evaluate MDD activities and MVA Project implemented by the support of MLI donor organizations. The program of the visit covered regional trip to Fizuli and Khanlar regions and Ganja city. Ms.Becker visited ANAMA regional bases to meet with all MDDs sponsored by MLI donor organizations and interview Dog handlers in regard to ongoing operational activities and condition of MDDs working under their supervision. ANAMA's TSQA Division Officer provided the updated presentation covering all aspects of Division's activities including training, operational activities, new methods of re-survey procedures. Another part of the regional trip was dedicated to tour of the Resource Center in Ganja city ran by the Ojag Humanitarian Association within the project on reintegration of mine survivors into society. The graduation ceremony was organized to provide 12 trainees with MLI certificates of appreciation and award the four top trainees with the four sewing machines bought through the MLI grant. Besides that the Ojag NGO Director briefed the guest regarding the project outcomes and results as of to date and plans for the future activities for extension and reinforcement of the workshop activities in order to Provide more survivors with work and support. Ms. Becker also familiarized with the new items (carpets, linens and other products) produced by survivors and their family members. She met survivors and their family members who work in the carpet weaving workshop to discuss their opinions regarding the project activities as well as their needs and requirements. During the visit MLI, ANAMA and Ojag representatives discussed the continuation of the project through provision of new embroidery machine which will allow to extend the range of products manufactured in the workshop and ensure the increased interest of customers in the local market.