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Rehabilitation and reintegration of socially disadvantaged groups

The project aims to strengthen support for homeless children in Georgia, who by growing up in poverty are deprived of the opportunity to lead a normal life. In Georgia more than half of all families live in poverty. Children live on the streets and do not attend school, while children’s homes are overcrowded. Official statistics show that of the total population of 4 500 000, 1 637 367 people in Georgia live below the poverty line. Of these, 240 955 are children aged 6-18 years.

Many teenagers are exposed to crime, violence, alcohol and drug abuse or addiction. State-owned social welfare centres are incapable of providing help to all children affected by these problems. The project provides additional organisational support for the centres, facilitates adaptive renovations and supplies much-needed equipment and installations to individual centres.

Rehabilitation and reintegration of socially disadvantaged groups

The project was implemented from 1 March to 31 December 2013 and was aimed at strengthening support for Georgian children growing up in poverty. The project goal was to strengthen the Caritas centres for children, which came into being as part of the de-institutionalisation of the system, i.e. transferring children from large state-owned childcare institutions. The project’s strategy includes conducting activities for poor children in order to prevent their social marginalisation. Under the project, support was provided for over 500 homeless children or children from families living below the poverty line.

Under the project, six types of centres for children were provided with organisational support. Necessary adaptive renovations were carried out, and essential equipment was supplied. Mobile groups patrol the streets of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, round the clock in search of solitary children. These children can stay at daytime care homes, where they are offered specialist care, opportunities to develop their skills and ad hoc aid. Such homes offer help only during the day, which is why, as part of the project, a building was adapted for the needs of a transitional children’s home. At this centre, the children undergo therapy to prepare them for their return to their biological families or for residence in a foster home. For children with disabilities, a specially prepared, integrated children’s home is provided. The last institution of the reintegration process is transitional housing, which is intended to help young people over the age of 18 who are leaving foster homes.