Samtskhe Javakheti

Samtskhe Javakheti's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Renovate school buildings and provide improved equipment and basic supplies.
  • Provide training for teachers.
  • Empower faculty, school management, and board members to take a leading role in revitalizing the education system and sustain achievements in the long term.
  • Enhance available preschool education. Improve the accessibility of education for children with disabilities, and empower teachers to support them.
  • Establish children and youth clubs to help provide leadership opportunities and extracurricular activities.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Samtskhe Javakheti can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train farmers in new methods and marketing techniques and improve their access to machinery and tools.
  • Rehabilitate irrigation systems and support demonstration plots where innovative farmers can share their experiences with improving harvests on existing acreage.
  • Provide training and support for farmers to market their produce to ensure they get fair prices.
  • Increase and improve job opportunities in the area.
  • Establish a loan system and revolving fund to help people access small loans needed to grow small businesses.
Child Protection
  • 148 front line workers (teachers, doctors, caregivers, police officers, social workers, etc.) in the communities improved their child rights capacities
  • 3 joint projects were developed and implemented in cooperation with child protection and advocacy groups
  • 5 innovative services like new child care services were developed
  • 204 children participated in life skills improvement activities
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Samtskhe Javakheti

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Samtskhe Javakheti

Despite Georgia's recent achievements in education reform, schools in Samtskhe Javakheti are severely lacking. Buildings have deteriorated, teaching materials are in short supply, and teachers lack training. The bitter winters are no help, as up to 70% of schools do not have a proper roof, walls, or windows to protect children from the elements. Children even have to take turns bringing wood to heat their classrooms.

Some parents cannot afford to dress their children warmly enough to walk to school, sometimes up to four km, so they stay home. There are no facilities for children with disabilities, and little awareness in the community about the need to include these children in academic and extracurricular activities. Out-of-school youth have few opportunities for study or work, which increases the likelihood that they may get involved in risky activities.

Health Care
Health care conditions in the Samtskhe Javakheti community are in need of improvement. Health workers and families have not been taught the basics of good nutrition. Children's diets are impacted by harsh winters, as they are only able to get fresh fruits and vegetables for three to four months of the year. Tobacco use and alcohol consumption are high. HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections are a concern, especially because many people believe that only commercial sex workers and drug users are at risk.

Water and Sanitation
Hygiene and sanitation standards in Samtskhe Javakheti are inadequate and contribute to continuing health issues in the population. There is no waste removal system, and garbage is often dumped in rivers or near playgrounds and schools, which contributes to the spread of disease.

Economic Development
Nearly 75% of families in the Samtskhe Javakheti community are engaged in traditional, small-scale agriculture. Unfortunately, they have not had the opportunity to learn about efficient farming techniques that would boost crop yields, help them earn an income, and improve the quality of life for their children.

Farmers lack access to credit, and therefore can't buy seeds and tools, which in turn prevents them from making the most of their land. Markets are either inadequate or do not exist at all, making it difficult to sell produce. The lack of knowledge about crop rotation and alternative crops also causes soil degradation and further diminishes harvests.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Samtskhe Javakheti,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.