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Support and improvement of living conditions of children and women - groups disadvantaged in Georgia

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Georgia was left with the soviet system of institutions of foster care. However, political breakdowns, conflicts, wastefulness and abuse drove the system to a near collapse. Currently, under the new policy, the government commissions NGOs to run orphan assistance and care centres. They receive 6 Lari (GEL) per person per day for the services provided in day care facilities, while family orphanages and institutions offering safe shelter for women or women with children receive GEL 18. These funds are expected to cover the total cost of services. The amount is so small, though, that it hardly covers current operating costs. It is thus impossible to provide means for renovations or training.

The project engages NGOs’ beneficiaries and institutions in charge of family-type children homes, partners of ADRA Georgia. Those partner organisations have been operating for many years and now they will have their living and residential conditions improved. The project focuses on children from 7 centres who got there because of very difficult life situations. They are mainly social orphans, victims of home violence and often children who had experienced life in the street.

Support and improvement of living conditions of children and women - groups disadvantaged in Georgia

The project will be implemented from 1 April to 31 December 2018 in two Georgian regions: Shida Kartli and Kvemo Kartli.

The project is run by ADRA Poland and ADRA Georgia foundations in cooperation with Child and Environment and Society Biliki – local organisations in charge of the renovated care centres.

The aim of the project is to relieve children and women in 7 care centres in Georgia (in small orphanages, shelters for violence victims and daytime centres) by ensuring proper living conditions (through renovation and retrofitting of the centres) and improved staff performance (through staff trainings). The general purpose of the project is to create safe habitat for individuals  who are economically and socially excluded.

The project’s direct beneficiaries are children from economically disadvantaged background and poor homes, who are cared for by the state, and women who flee from home violence. Living conditions in the centres will improve for 107 people: 61 children attending day centres in Rustavi and Tbilisi and 46 residents (including three mothers and 43 children) of five facilities in Norio, Khashuri and Gori. Information about the project was supposed to reach at least 250,000 people.

The project is an implementation of Priority 3 Human Capital Programme – better access to social services and improved infrastructure and operation of centres for people with disabilities, victims of home violence and children deprived of parental care. It also helps meet Sustainable Development Goal 10: reduction of inequalities within and among countries.

Support and improvement of living conditions of children and women - groups disadvantaged in Georgia

The project was implemented from 1 April to 31 December 2018. The results achieved over the period include:

  • 105 people in seven care centres have access to better sanitary conditions and more efficient heating system:
    • shelter for victims of home violence in Khashuri: 12 (including 3 mothers and 9 children),
    • small orphanage in Khashuri (Metreveli St.): 9,
    • small orphanage in Khashuri (Pushkini St.): 10,
    • small orphanage in Gori: 7,
    • centre in Tbilisi: 42,
    • centre in Norio: 8,
    • centre in Rustavi: 17.

 

  • 46 residents of the centres (43 children and three mothers) have better accommodation now. Repair works included painting walls and ceilings, wallpapering, laminating the floors, changing tiles, repairing doors, windows and stairs, as well as sanitary and heating installations. The centres were furnished and equipped with basic appliances: washing machines, electric kettles, cookers, vacuum cleaners, and swings and benches for the gardens.

 

  • 34 of the centres’ caretakers extended their knowledge and competences in a seven training sessions. Eighteen other participants attended three of the trainings (first aid, managing children’s misbehaviour, professional burnout). They are employed by organisations engaged in the centres’ operations – Society Biliki (10 people), and Child and Environment (8 people).   

 

  • Two articles have been published in the Georgian press and the project has been actively promoted on ADRA Georgia and ADRA Poland Facebook accounts  ). A round-up meeting on the Georgian project was given coverage on the first channel of public TV. The news of the project reached an estimated 351,490 people.