Polish Aid reaches the most remote parts of Georgia. In the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, by the Black Sea, projects are carried out in key areas of Polish development cooperation for Georgia. We reach groups whose participation in the social life is limited.
An initiative for the deafblind is carried out in Batumi which led to the creation of a Georgian version of the LORMA tactile signing language. The project also involves trainings for specialists working with people with hearing and sight impairments and campaigns to increase the public administration’s and NGOs’ awareness of the deafblind people’s problems. Moreover, four new clubs for the deafblind were set up to provide the beneficiaries with long-term support. One of the clubs is located in Batumi. Its purpose is, for example, to provide psychological support for the deafblind and their families, to teach the LORMA alphabet and mobility, but most importantly to reach out to deafblind people in small towns. Currently, twelve people are using the club.
In the kindergartens of rural Adjara, Poland supports Georgians in adapting the facilities to new infrastructure standards imposed by a recent Early Schooling Act. An interdisciplinary group has been developing safety norms, also on fire protection. With this in mind, the infrastructure of the educational facilities for the youngest children had to be inspected in terms of natural hazards and safety. Smoke detectors were installed in the buildings, and teachers, headmasters, pupils and their parents take part in emergency drills. The teacher trainings started in May and will continue throughout August.
Yet another example of the Polish Aid’s involvement in Adjara is comprehensive support for the tourist sector focusing on the natural resources of the Matchakhela National Park, which are unique in the world. Public consultations, pilot local initiatives, setting up a tourist information point, training and workshops on development of tourism offers, marking tourist tracks across the Matchakhela National Park and fitting the area with small recreational infrastructure (e.g. camping sites) are some of the actions taken to support the implementation of the Republic of Adjara’s regional development policy priorities.