How to help Kosovo's refugees

Some 400,000 ethnic-Albanians have been forced from their homes in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo to date. They continue to depart Kosovo for neighboring states, crowding border areas despite international airlifts out of the region. International agencies are working to cope with a mounting humanitarian crisis.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has set up a hot line to help individuals wishing to contribute to relief efforts: 800-USAID-RELIEF, or

800-872-4373; the agency's Web site (www.info.usaid.gov) offers more information and some links.

Here are some other groups working to assist refugees, and how they can be contacted:

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 711 Third Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10017; (212) 885-0832; (212) 885-0889; www.jdc.org

American Red Cross International Response Fund, PO Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013;

800- HELP-NOW; Spanish:

800-257-7575; www.redcross.org

American Refugee Committee,

2344 Nicollet Ave. S., Suite 350, Minneapolis, MN, 55404;

(612) 872-7060.

AmeriCares, 161 Cherry St., New Canaan, CT 06840; 800 486-HELP

Baptist World Aid, 6733 Curran St., McLean, VA 22101; (703) 790-8980; www.bwanet.org

CARE, 151 Ellis St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-2426; 800-521-2273; www.care.org

Catholic Relief Services, PO Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090; 800-736-3467; www.catholicrelief.org

Church World Service, 28606 Phillips St., PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515; 800-297-1516, ext. 222; www.churchworldservice.org

Direct Relief International, 27 S. La Patera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93117; 800-676-1638; www.directrelief.org

Doctors Without Borders/MSF, 6 East 39th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10016; 888-392-0392; www.dwb.org

Doctors of the World, 375 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012; 888-817-4357; www.doctorsoftheworld.org

Feed The Children, PO Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101;

800-328-2122

The First Church of Christ, Scientist Balkan Refugee Relief - A52,

175 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115; 800-288-7155 ext. 3205

Food for the Hungry International, 7729 East Greenway Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260; 800-2-HUNGER; www.fh.org

International Aid Inc., 17011 West Hickory St., Spring Lake, MI 49456; 800-968-7490; www.internationalaid.org

International Medical Corps, 11500 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 506, Los Angeles, CA 90064; 800-481-4462; www.imc-la.org

International Orthodox Christian Charities, PO Box 630225, Baltimore, MD 21263; (410) 243-9820; www.iocc.org

International Rescue Committee, 122 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10168; 877-REFUGEE; www.intrescom.org

Lutheran World Relief, Church Street Station, PO Box 6186, New York, NY 10277-1738; 800- 597-5972

MAP International, 2200 Glynco Parkway, PO Box 215000, Brunswick, GA 31521-5000; 800-225-8550; www.map.org

Mercy Corps International,

3030 SW First Ave., Portland, OR 97201; 800-852-2100; www.mercycorps.org

New England Albanian Relief Organization, PO Box 783 Worcester, MA 01613; (508)852-5553

Oxfam America, Kosovo Relief Fund,

26 West St., Boston, MA 02111;

800-77OXFAM

Save the Children Federation, PO Box 975, 54 Wilton Rd., Westport, CT 06880; 800-243-5075; www.savethechildren.org

Salvation Army World Service Office, PO Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313; (703) 684-5528

US Committee for UNICEF, 333 East 38th St., New York, NY 10016;

800-FOR-KIDS; www.unicefusa.org

World Concern, 19303 Fremont Ave., North Seattle, WA 98133;

800-755-5022; www.worldconcern.org

World Relief, Dept. 3, PO Box WRC Wheaton, IL 60189; 800- 535-5433; www.wr.org

World Vision, PO Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063; 888- 511-6565; www.worldvision.org

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