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Target and Vulnerable Populations

Current Programs: 

Initiative for Youth-led Civic Dialogue                                                  
Sept 2015 – Sept 2018
International Alert

The overall goal of the project is to mobilize new generation of Georgian, Abkhaz and Ossetian potential leaders for pro-peace social change. This is to be achieved through cross divide dialogue with peers and civic initiatives within their own societies. The project will take a civic education and activism approach. It will develop knowledge, skills and values important for civic leadership and activism; form bonds and maintain relationships with peers from across the Administrative Border Line; and promote active engagement of the new generation in local discussions, civic initiatives and policy dialogues at a local level and across the conflict divides.

Preservation of Abkhaz Language by Abkhaz  and Georgians (PALAG)
Sep 2015 – Sep 2017
Center for Civil Integration and Inter-Ethnic Relations
The goal of the activity is to foster people-to-people reconciliation between Georgians and Abkhazians through protection and promotion of the endangered Abkhazian language.  This will be accomplished through: 1) mobilizing Georgian and Abkhaz academic and civil society around the common interest of preservation and revitalization of Abkhaz language; 2) connecting young people, potential leaders from Abkhazia and Georgia, to respect and advocate universal human values, encouraging them to foster mutual respect, tolerance and peaceful cohabitation; and 3) facilitating the meaningful dialogue on issues of common interest between diverse groups of society, including educational professionals, academics and young scholars and fostering the people-to-people cooperation.

Disability Legal Advocacy Project                                                                    
Jul 2015 – Dec 2016
Coalition for Independent Living (CIL)                         

This project aims to ensure implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and national laws.  The activity will build the capacity of disability organizations (DPOs) and legal service providers to challenge disability rights violations and discrimination.  The progam will support: harmonization and implementation of Georgia’s laws with the articles of UNCRPD;  building the capacity of DPOs; building the capacity of judges, lawyers, and other public servants to effectivly apply Georgia’s new disability laws; and raising public and PWD awareness about their rights. 

Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness (PITA) Program in Georgia
June 2015 – June 2020                                                                                    
United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG)

The PITA program works: 1) to increase interaction between ethnic and religious minorities and the GOG, by supporting engagement mechanisms and coordinating with other key GOG stakeholders;  2) to increase levels of civic engagement and integration both among and between youth of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds with an aim to be inclusive of other marginalized groups (gender, LGBT, disabilities, IDP, etc.) on local, regional and national levels; and, 3) to increase public awareness and education on diversity, including, but not limited to the use of television media.

Protection of Children with Disabilities                                                  
June 2015 – June 2020
The project is aimed at providing infants and young children with severe disabilities with  appropriate health and social care. This result will be achieved through: 1) developing conducive environment for infants and young children with severe disabilities; 2) supporting  two small-scale facilities as the models of intensive specialized social, psychological and medical care for young children with severe disabilities; and 3) integrating these two small-scale alternative facilities into the county’s child care, social protection and health care systems. 

Empowerment for the Future                                                                        
Sept 2015 – Sept 2018
Union Bemoni            

This project aims at establishment youth clubs in Ozurgeti and Telavi. The youth clubs will concentrate on the issues of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, emotional health, HIV and reproductive health, healthy eating, and sports and nutrition.

Increasing Youth Participation                                                                       
Sep 2015- Sep 2017
Eurasia Partnership

The project aims at creation of Youth Banks at 10 municipalities,  Gudauta, Ochamchire, Sokhumi, Zemo Barghebi, Gali, Khobi, Khoni, Gori, Marneuli, and Dedoplistskaro. Youth Banks will assess community problems and fund peer projects. Eighty community projects will be funded; 70 young people trained in management an community leadership; and 50 young people trained on both sides of the ABL to improve cooperation across the divide. 

Reduction of Domestic Violence in Georgia                                                
Sept 2015 – Sept 2018    
State Fund for Protection and Assistance of (Statutory) Victims of  Human Trafficking (ATIP Fund)                                                                                       

ATIP supports the GOG’s National Action Plan for domestic violence (DV) prevention and protection.  This will be achieved by institutionalizing the role of DV social workers; establishing a national referral system; and including anti-DV education in schools, civic dialogue, and media.