Small Medium Transportation Program
Counterpart International's Small/Medium Transportation Program is a "citizen to citizen" program that connects communities in the United States to communities in nine Former Soviet Union republics.
The Small / Medium Transportation Program (SMTP) assists U.S. private voluntary organizations to transport critically needed humanitarian assistance to the underserved populations of the former Soviet Union. This program seeks to improve the quality of life of vulnerable individuals and communities in the region.
Counterpart’s SMTP is 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. The program currently supports more than 50 U.S.-based non-profit organizations in their humanitarian activities in Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Since 1997, when Counterpart began administering SMTP, over 1,750 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 approximately $179 million dollars were delivered to the orphaned, ill, disabled, elderly and poor throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union.