What We Do
Community-based Services for Children with Disabilities
Duration of the project: January 2016 - December 2018
Within the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation funded project - “Community-based Services for Children with Disabilities” SCI, in partnership with Association Anika, is establishing two high-quality day care centers for children with disabilities in Georgia. These centers will benefit between 40 and 50 children and their families and will provide direct services for children with disabilities, support families of children with disabilities so that they can advocate for their children and increase the capacity of the relevant government authorities.
Protection of Children with Disabilities
Duration of the project: January 2016 - December 2017
As part of UNICEF’s Protection of Children with Disabilities program aimed at ending the institutionalization of infants with severe disabilities through developing alternative care options, gatekeeping, monitoring systems, and policy advocacy work, we have taken responsibility for training and developing the capacity of the service providers in two small-scale residential units to be established for infants and young children with severe disabilities. As a result of our endeavors, all professional and management staff from these residential units will have sufficient knowledge and skills to provide quality care, which will be supported through our on-the-job advice and continuing support.
Supporting War-affected Communities in Shida-Kartli
Duration of the project: September 2015 - August 2016
With the financial support of Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration, (BPRM) Save the Children works with displaced Georgian families, their children, and youth in the Khurvaleti, Shavshvebi, Berbuki, Karaleti, Skra, Sakasheti, Verkhvebi, Akhalsopeli, and Mokhisi IDP settlements to ensure their effective community-based referral, psychosocial counseling, and youth empowerment.
Strengthening Childcare Services and Systems
Duration of the project: December 10 2012- November 2013
This initiative, implemented in partnership with Unicef, EveryChild and Georgian NGOs, supports the Georgian government to carry out the Child Welfare reform mostly focused on deinstitutionalization and development of alternative family-based care options and services. With ongoing focus on strengthening child care services and systems and promoting awareness on the clear benefits of family based care, Save the Children supports Government of Georgia to (a) assess all the children placed in State institutions and their families and develop recommendations on alternative forms of care, (b) reunify children living in State institutions/care with their biological families if circumstances are in their best interest and (c) improve and expand services for children with disabilities. Save the Children assists Government through multiple initiatives including but not limited to capacity building and initiating key institutional changes.
Save the Children supports family reunifications through improving their household environments and otherwise supporting and strengthening families. While working to make lasting change in the lives of children, Save the Children staff actively work with government colleagues and other stakeholders to develop, modify and refine policies, strategies and regulations to ensure meeting children’s rights and responding to their needs. Besides, Save the Children is an active advocate for development of support services for vulnerable children and their families that is based on empirical evidence – needs assessments of reintegrated families carried out within the project. In addition, Save the Children supports Government in advancing child welfare reform by developing and piloting the first Foster Care Monitoring Instrument to be utilized rigorously for monitoring foster placements to ensure the wellbeing of children placed in foster families.
Supporting Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Duration of the project: September 2006 – December 2012
Through Supporting Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities project, Save the Children fosters conditions for equal opportunities and full societal participation in Georgia’s political, social and educational life for all Georgians with disabilities, especially children. The project focuses on improving life conditions and inclusive and special education for children with disabilities in the public and special boarding schools managed by the Ministry of Education and Science. Additionally the project is pioneering community-based services for severely disabled homebound children and, related to this, is supporting the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs to modernize the Government’s systems for assigning disability status objectively and fairly so disabled people can receive maximum State care and support. The project has also influenced national policies and practices for the betterment of children with disabilities’ lives.
Georgia HIV Prevention Project
Duration of the project: February 2010 - April 2014
Implemented in partnership with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and Georgian and international NGO partners, the Georgian HIV Prevention project focuses on education and prevention initiatives for youth as well as other especially vulnerable groups at risk of HIV infection. The project component that Save the Children leads has succeeded in developing, piloting and receiving education ministry endorsement of a healthy lifestyles curriculum for secondary school students that is team taught by project-training teachers of biology and physical education. The project also helps strengthen the capacity of partners to plan, finance and manage STI/HIV/AIDS education and response.
Inclusive DRR for especially vulnerable Armenian and Georgian Children in kindergartens and special schools
Duration of the project: June 2012- October 2013
In June, 2012 SCI Georgia launched a new inclusive disaster risk reduction initiative for vulnerable Armenian and Georgian children in kindergartens and special care institutions. It’s been 17-month project implemented together with Armenia and funded by ECHO. In Georgia the action was implemented in two particularly at-risk regions: Adjara and Samstkhe-Javakheti to improve disaster preparedness for very young and special needs children as well as their teachers and caretakers. In Georgia, the initiative reached these direct beneficiaries: 15,337 children, 1,664 teachers and caregivers in 98 municipal kindergartens and 2 special institutions.
Building a Young Constituency for Peace Across the South Caucasus and Turkey
Duration of the project: March 2012- February 2013
This project contributed to peace and stability in the South Caucasus by creating an environment of respect among young people and civil society groups across conflict affected borders. Under this initiative, 5 Youth Banks were established in Abkhazia through local partner NGO - Alert with the overall goal to build leadership and civic participation capacities of young people of Abkhazia. . The projects enabled local youth to participate in addressing community needs and develop their management skills though the community based grant making process.