From September 19 until the end of the month, a comprehensive rehabilitation work was carried out with three women victims of domestic violence. They were placed in the Rehabilitation Center of the Women Fund "Sukhumi" with their children - there were 6 beneficiaries in total. A teacher, a social worker, a lawyer and a psychologist were included in the daily active work.

At the end of the rehabilitation course, one of the beneficiaries (she is 26 years old) said that she felt great support, she already knows that she is not alone. The days spent here gave her and other women more strength and they know how to work on their weaknesses. They received a lot of necessary information, positive, useful advice and decided to open a new page of their life with new power.

 

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

The Kovalenko family arrived from Kharkov. They lived in Samtredia for several months. They had to face difficulties, the child was hospitalized twice, our Fund helped them in preparation of documents for free medical treatment, helped them with food and hygiene items. Then they decided to return to Ukraine. But they didn't have money.

Sophie Tsirghvava, an assistant who works with Ukrainian refugees, decided to try to collect money, although she herself did not really believe that it would work. She wrote a request on a social network to help this family. There were people who transferred a substantial amount. There were also facts of transferring 3 or 5 GEL to the indicated account... The Kovalenkos were surprised, they cried and said that despite the fact that people have financial problems they help them anyway...

More than 3600 GEL was collected In two days.

A meeting was held in the village Akhalsofel - Senaki municipality.It was attended by school representatives, teachers and parents. The coordinator of the City Hall Children's Rights and Support Department and the social worker of the same department were invited to the meeting.

The participants of the meeting got acquainted with the structure of the department, received information about existing programs, challenges and needs. In their opinion, more attention should be paid to public awareness, needs of vulnerable groups, support of crisis families.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

The advocacy group of the Women Fund "Sukhumi" held an information meeting in the school of the village Zeda Vani (Vani municipality). The meeting was attended by school teachers, upper graders, employees of the City Hall department for children's rights and their protection, the secretary of the Gender Equality Council.

The participants got acquainted with the structure of the department, as well as with the conclusions that were made as a result of the monitoring of work in this department. They noted that they did not have such in-depth information and they already know when to contact them. Emphasis was placed on the need for cooperation between the school and the department to improve the condition of vulnerable adolescents.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

At the initiative of the advocacy group, a meeting was held at the Terjola Youth Center, where employees of the City hall Department for Children's Rights and Their Protection were invited. The meeting was attended by teachers of the Center and various schools of the municipality.

We had a goal - to familiarize the participants with the structure of the department and the area of ​​work. Information about the challenges of the department based on the conclusions of our monitoring, was provided to the audience.

It was revealed that the teachers did not know about the work and functions of the department. They raised topical issues, the emphasis was on the need for active communication with inclusive children and their parents. Teachers hope that the City Hall will support them.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

"Protection of children's rights in Chokhatauri municipality and local cooperation in terms of improving social services" - this was the topic of the information exchange meeting held with the representatives of the municipal services.

Findings of the research conducted by the Fund "Sukhumi" were introduced during the meeting. The participants got familiarized with the activities of the Children's Rights Protection and Support Department, the achieved results and challenges.

A discussion was held on the needs of the beneficiaries and areas of cooperation. Several important issues related to the needs of vulnerable families have been identified and they must be envisaged from the side of the local structures.

 

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

In the framework of the series of information meetings planned by the advocacy group, a meeting was held in the village Didi Nedzi (Zugdidi municipality), which was attended by the school administration, teachers and parents. The coordinator of the City Hall  department for children's rights and their protection and a social worker were invited to the meeting. They were provided with information about the structure of the department, about programs. The conversation touched upon existing challenges and needs.

The meeting participants talked about raising public awareness, about the necessities of children with disabilities, about ways to identify crisis families and the need to support them.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

In September, Women Support Centers made a special focus on the problem of femicide. At information meetings in Vani, Samtredia, Khurcha (Zugdidi municipality), Terjola and Tsalenjikha, the participants noted that femicide in Georgia has reached an alarming level, which means that the efforts against violence are not enough...

According to the participants, information campaigns are very important in terms of violence prevention:

“It is necessary to work more in direction of prevention, especially with young people”.

"If the response is not strict, we will not be able to stop this process".

 

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

Women and children from Kherson, Odessa, Kyiv, Bucha, Chuguev... Women Fund "Sukhumi" has become their home - here they understand their pain, help and support them.

In June, the staff of the Fund prepared Georgian dishes for these women with their own hands, invited them to the Fund and laid a delicious Georgian table - “supra”.

Then was the suggestion for Ukrainian women to do the same in response.

On a sunny September day, pretty women - Marina, Anya, Zhanna, Natalya, Tatyana brought delicious dishes. The table was set in the yard: borsch with sour cream, Kyiv cutlets, pancakes with apples, Lviv cheesecakes, dumplings with cabbage, potatoes, cheese – in a word, a lot of delicious dishes.

It was not only an exhibition of Ukrainian cuisine. These were sad stories of women, memories of Abkhazia, emotional speeches of invited guests...

The Day of Ukrainian Cuisine at the Women Fund "Sukhumi" was at the same time a day of tears and joy, pain and faith in victory, the day of hope, friendship and love!

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

für die Welt - EvangelischerEntwicklungsdienst (Germany)

On September 14, 2022, an info-sharing meeting between the participants of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) and civil society representatives in Gori was held.

At the meeting the audience was addressed by the State Minister on Reconciliation and Civic Equality - Thea Akhvlediani, UN Women Representative to Georgia - Kaori Ishikawa; Head of the EU Monitoring Mission - Marek Szczygieł, Deputy Director of the Information and Analytical Department of the State Security Service - Irakli Antadze and the representative of the Office of the Minister of State for Reconciliation and Civic Equality - Zviad Zviadadze.

Ekaterine Gamakharia, representative of Women's Fund "Sukhumi"’s Tbilisi office, in her speech, focused on the restriction of movement for the Georgian population living on both sides of the Enguri river near to the conflict dividing line with Abkhazia, as a result of the suspension of issuance of movement documents by the de-facto Abkhaz government from January 2022. She highlighted the challenges that women encounter due to the restriction, namely crossing the dividing line by roundabout ways, at their own peril; surrendering to Russian soldiers, which cost them fine payment in exchange of release; This not only negatively impacts on their emotional state and increases stress but also puts on them a heavy financial burden. She also spoke about the complicated procedures and restriction of transporting products and cargo at the checkpoints, which hinders both the economic activity of the population and cooperation with the Abkhaz side in general.

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