Children in Georgia

Situated at the important crossroads where Europe meets Asia, Georgia has a unique and ancient cultural heritage, famous traditions of hospitality and cuisine and an alphabet which is entirely its own. The republic is one of the poorest countries of the former USSR – average daily income is incredibly low.

Growing up in Georgia

Since independence, the people of Georgia have endured periods of civil war and unrest as well as violence related to the independence aspirations of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Although diplomatic efforts have brought relative stability in recent years, tensions over both regions persist.

Child nutrition remains a concern with almost half of the children screened in endemic areas found to have iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), as does quality education, particularly in rural areas.

Situated at the important crossroads where Europe meets Asia, Georgia has a unique and ancient cultural heritage, famous traditions of hospitality and cuisine and an alphabet which is entirely its own. The republic is one of the poorest countries of the former USSR – average daily income is incredibly low.

Growing up in Georgia

Since independence, the people of Georgia have endured periods of civil war and unrest as well as violence related to the independence aspirations of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Although diplomatic efforts have brought relative stability in recent years, tensions over both regions persist.

Child nutrition remains a concern with almost half of the children screened in endemic areas found to have iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), as does quality education, particularly in rural areas.

Our Children's Villages in Georgia

We began working in Georgia in 1989, but, because of the unstable political and economic
situation, it wasn’t until 1996 that the first community opened in the capital, Tbilisi, about 5 miles from the city centre, on a site found with the help of the Soviet Lenin Children’s Foundation. There are schools and food stores within easy reach and hospitals in the city centre.

In Kutaisi, an IT training is provided for SOS Children and the local youngsters in an SOS Social Centre which has been set up in one of the local schools. An SOS Nursery was also built in the area in 1999 which can accommodate 100 children, most of whom come from the neighbourhood.

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Tbilisi

The Tbilisi SOS Children's Village has 12 family houses.
A central part of the work that SOS Children carries out here is related to supporting children and families in the neighbouring areas. Working with local authorities and other service providers, our family strengthening programme provides a comprehensive package of services to enable families to stay together and take good care of their children

Kutaisi

We opened our second SOS Children's Village in Kutaisi in western Georgia. It is Georgia's second largest city and is in an area where poverty is still widespread as a result of the civil war in the early 1990s. The Village currently has 12 family houses and is home to 85 children.

Local contact

SOS Children’s Villages Georgia

Al. Kazbegi ave. 11a
0160 Tbilisi
Georgia

Tel: +995/32/2204283

Fax: +995/32/37 74 62

e-mail: contact@sos-kd.ge

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