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Creation of public space for social integration - revitalization of the garden of Begurebi Center

The Begurebi Centre is located in the poorer, left-bank side of Tbilisi. This part of the city is devoid of well-kept public places where people can spend time in a safe and active way. The Centre’s garden, with an area of about 1800 square metres, is tended by the Child and Environment organisation. In the past, this used to be an empty square covered with a layer of beaten earth, a dozen or so old trees and the ruins of an old ball park.

Creation of public space for social integration - revitalization of the garden of Begurebi Center

The project was implemented from 7 September to 14 December 2015 in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, in cooperation with the local partner, the non-governmental organisation Mas ra vargot.

The main aim of the project was to build a garden and to supply it with safe rehabilitation and recreation equipment. The idea behind it was that such a garden would make it possible to receive a much higher number of children during the day and to integrate the regular wards with children from outside the Centre who eagerly visit these grounds anyway. This is the only such attraction in the area. The project’s implementation completed the process of renovating the Centre, which was financed by the Embassy. The result is a functional and safe area that is accessible for local residents as well.

Representatives of Tbilisi City Hall actively participated in the construction of the garden, particularly in the design and execution stages. Parallel to the design work, the city of Tbilisi also financed the modernisation of the sports field situated on the grounds of the garden of the Begurebi Centre.

Creation of public space for social integration - revitalization of the garden of Begurebi Center

The project resulted in the creation of a garden according to a professional, modern design, prepared by a landscape architect.

In the refurbished garden, the wards of the Begurebi Centre now have access to safe forms of rehabilitation and recreation. Apart from equipment for practising sports, new equipment for recreation and rehabilitation was installed. The project and its objectives were publicised by means of an information campaign carried out through social media.

The Embassy’s efforts will result in better social integration of children with disabilities residing in the left-bank part of Tbilisi with their healthy peers from the area. The project will strengthen Poland’s image as a friendly partner that stimulates creative social and developmental undertakings in Georgia. Thanks to the information campaign and the great interest shown by the media, representatives of local government and local residents, the general public learned about the situation of people with disabilities and the need for integration measures.

The project also informed Georgian local government officials about the principles of designing and setting up modern, low-budget and efficient urban recreational areas. This knowledge may eventually contribute to the creation of other similar places in the urban landscape of Tbilisi and other towns in Georgia.