Together for bright future
As a result of the activity of international organisations and funds, many NGOs have been set up in Georgia in recent years. Their activity is linked with acquired foreign funding and weakens or ends when this funding vanishes. For this reason, the main aim of the project is to enhance the establishment and development of local NGOs that represent the interests of the residents of individual estates within the Georgian town of Rustavi and to improve the institutional efficiency of their operation in cooperation with the local authorities. On three estates within the town, assessments of the local needs will be made for the purpose of drawing up programmes for services provided to the residents of these estates. Afterwards, specific local initiatives will be carried out. Under the project, special emphasis is placed on the involvement of the younger residents of Rustavi in the local social initiatives.
The project is aimed at continuing the existing cooperation of between the Rustavi local governments and the city of Gdynia in Poland, with the support of two NGOs: the Association for Economic Development of Municipalities (SRGG) and the Georgian Association of Local Officials SATMA. The experience of Gdynia in redeveloping Chylonia, its cooperation with NGOs and its experience in activating young residents will serve as the groundwork for schemes recommended by the Polish partners involved in the project.
Together for bright future
The project was implemented from 1 March to 31 December 2013 in cooperation with the following partners: the City of Rustavi, the municipal unit Rustavi Corpus (Department for cooperation with residents) and the Georgian Association of Local Officials SATMA. In the course of the project’s implementation, the local association “Together for a Bright Future” became involved in direct cooperation.
The project was aimed at utilising the local social capital to improve the quality of life of residents and to draw up a model for cooperation between local government administration and NGOs for the purpose of rebuilding institutionalised forms of social, sporting and cultural activity. The project was addressed to representatives of NGOs operating in Rustavi at the level of individual estates and residents of the Internati estate.
Residents of the Internati estate mostly consist of people who have lost their jobs as a result of economic transformation and have not found new employment, their place of residence being the chief dimension of the space within which they live. Active participation on the part of the residents provides not only an opportunity for them to improve their quality of life but also a new form of activity for people without a steady job. Even if the work is unpaid, it is a way of taking part in social life and counteracts exclusion from economic and social activity among residents of housing estates. These undertakings result in an improved quality of life. An additional bonus is the increased value of property in such areas.