Small Medium Transportation Program
A "citizen to citizen" program that connects communities in the United States to communities in the former Soviet Union republics
Over 2,200 sea containers of critically needed humanitarian commodities—consisting of food, clothing, footwear, bedding, school/hygiene/household/medical supplies, medical equipment, and shelter items—valued at over $230 million dollars have been delivered to the orphaned, ill, disabled, elderly and poor throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union through Counterpart's Small / Medium Transportation Program (SMTP).
Funded by the United States Department of State Office of the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (EUR/ACE) under its Operation Provide Hope program, SMTP supports small to medium sized non-profit organizations with transportation assistance to ship urgently needed humanitarian aid in 40-foot ocean-containers to their partner organizations overseas. This program seeks to improve the quality of life of vulnerable individuals and communities in the region.
Currently, SMTP supports more than 50 U.S.-based non-profit organizations in their humanitarian activities in Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine. Since its inception in 1998, SMTP has delivered to a total of 12 countries.