Tbilisi'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: 

Tbilisi is an urban community in Georgia's capital city. Families here battle chronic unemployment and poverty. Years of struggle has caused many people to become frustrated and doubtful that their circumstances will ever change.

Since parents spend their energy trying to provide for their families, children don't get the time and attention they need. Many children come from broken families, experience violence at home or have parents working abroad and these kinds of challenges impact children's behaviour. Many young people also have physical and mental disabilities, and feel the brunt of discrimination at school and in the community.
Child Protection
To better protect children and safeguard their well-being, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Ensure child welfare policies are effective and uphold the needs of vulnerable children.
  • Develop and strengthen programs that help families care for their children.
  • Train community members to identify and act on cases of neglect or abuse. Strengthen the skills and processes of child welfare professionals.

Community Leadership
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Develop young people's leadership skills through youth councils and school clubs.
  • Ensure youth have opportunities for extra-curricular learning, through trainings and seminars.
  • Train youth workers and provide spaces for teens to develop their talents.
  • Equip youth as advocates for change in their communities
  • Provide young people with economic opportunities.

To ensure young children receive a strong foundation for life-long learning, World Vision will help to:
  • Improve the quality of preschools and primary schools with training for education staff
  • Make enhancements to learning centres, ensuring they are accessible to children with special needs
  • Promote the importance of early childhood development with awareness campaigns and advocacy
  • Teach parents about young children's health, nutrition and development
  • Equip parents and educators to care for children with disabilities
Child Protection
  • 44 front line workers (teachers, doctors, caregivers, police officers, social workers, etc.) in the communities improved their child rights capacities.
  • 3 joint action plans were developed and implemented.
  • 7 issues were raised by children and youth to improve child protection responses.
  • 3 child protection and advocacy groups were established and are functioning.
  • 3 joint projects were developed and implemented in cooperation with child protection and advocacy groups.
  • 16 reported cases of child rights violations..
  • 74 parents learned and participated in positive caregiving strategies.
  • 603 children participated in life skills improvement activities.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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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 Tbilisi

Child Protection
Without a basic understanding of children's rights, people in Tbilisi don't prioritize raising children in a safe, secure environment. Child abuse is a serious problem in the community and children with disabilities are especially vulnerable.

While there are systems in place to report cases of abuse and neglect, they aren't reliable and most people don't know they exist, so child protection violations are rarely acted upon"even by school administration or care providers.

Community Leadership
By and large, Tbilisi's youth are not engaged in community life. Because of their families financial challenges, they don't have opportunities to join extracurricular activities"past times that promote self-confidence and a productive use of time. In particular, those with disabilities and special needs are left on the margins.

These youth need opportunities to develop skills, guidance choosing their careers and mentorship to become the leaders their community needs them to be.

Preschool and primary school set the foundation of a child's future success, but unfortunately Tbilisi's early education programs are lacking.

Schools are in disrepair and inaccessible for children with physical disabilities, while teachers need more resources and training. Many parents don't know what opportunities exist for their children, while those with disabilities face frustrating barriers.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Tbilisi,  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.