Social Inclusion ProjectThe project "Support to the Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities" aims to improve the process of social inclusion of disabled youth. It responds to current priorities of the Government of Georgia to unify the national and international standards of care for disabled persons. Disabled youth finishing their education belong to the age group ucation belong to the age group most affected by unemployment.
The project will support and complement the State's efforts to coordinate actions of the individual ministries. The project will seek to achieve change mainly on the national level. The core activity of the project is to build a capacity of the state institutions and facilitate cooperation among themselves and with the nongovernmental sector. As a result of research, capacity-building and networking activities, support provided to disabled youth through education and employment services will be improved.
Through a small grants scheme to be launched in 2016, new methods and services will be tested to facilitate stronger inclusion of the disabled youth into formal and non-formal education and enhance their employability.
In Georgia since 2005, People in Need has implemented several projects with a focus on social services and youth.
The project will be implemented with two longstanding partners of PIN, Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW) and two agencies of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia (MSYA). People in Need already cooperated with the Children and Youth National Centre (CYNC) as part of the previous project implemented in 2012 to 2014. Together with the Children and Youth Development Fund (CYDF), CYNC will play a key role in the project activities and as entities ensuring the sustainability of the project results after its closure. The project will facilitate the MSYA involvement in state actions dealing with disabled youth issues and connect MSYA with other involved institutions.
The beneficiaries of the project are 9,000 children and youth with disabilities. The project will focus on youth who have completed compulsory schooling between 14 and 19 years old, and particularly in pilot regions where the institutions involved will train local institution representatives, and pilot new services and support methods.
Through the grants scheme, the project will also reach youth with physical disabilities involved in projects supported by NGOs and youth initiatives. In total, we expect that the supported projects (4-6) and initiatives (15) will have a direct impact on approximately 200-300 young people with disabilities.
Implementation period: June 1st, 2015 -May 31st, 2017
Main partners: Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW); Children and Youth Development Fund (CYDF)View more
Assistance in Starting Small Business to Georgian Refugees from FranceThe Representation of French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII), French public administrative institution, is implementing a specific programme of assistance to immigrants in France who are willing to return to their countries of origin. People in Need (PIN) is OFII's implementing partner in Georgia. The Georgian migrants, eligible for the programme of aid, are identified already in France by the French national authorities - often by police, the immigration office, municipalities, etc. Most of those people live in France without valid visa and are considered as illegal immigrants. These people (hereinafter " beneficiaries ") are, in reality, presented two options: either they will be expelled from France (deportation) with all the consequences, or they will choose "voluntary return". The latter option is chosen by majority of the clients for much more favourable conditions. Those conditions include several financial benefits receivable both in France as well as in Georgia upon their return. The beneficiaries receive the first instalment already in France prior to their departure. This payment is documented and the beneficiaries leave France with such a proof. The next instalment is then paid at the French Embassy in Tbilisi within a few months after their return.. These funds are designed to help the beneficiaries re-establish themselves in Georgia and to cover their basic needs during the first months of their stay before they have managed to find a job or start a business. PIN assists the French Embassy in meeting with the beneficiaries, comments on their family situation and its main problems and a level of re-integration into Georgian society. The beneficiaries are, already in France, provided with general information about the programme by the OFII officials or agents working for partner organisations. This support includes social assistance on one hand and preparation of a small business idea on the other. The third part of assistance relates to vocational trainings. Social assistance may include obtaining new documents, helping with getting children into school, monitoring of housing conditions, informing local authorities on critical cases, provision beneficiaries with information on their rights to State benefits, etc. PIN meets each client several times and especially checks how their situation has developed. Provision of vocational trainings to the beneficiaries is a programme element that gradually grows in importance. Initial possibility to provide short-term trainings only to beneficiaries with an approved business project has developed into a situation when each beneficiaries (ie. those without a desire to start a new business) may apply for a training course lasting up to 6 months. This approach enables all beneficiaries to increase their chance in the labour market, no matter whether they would prefer to get employed, to create their own job or to start an enterprise any time later. PIN arranges the desired trainings for the beneficiaries via cooperation with local NGOs and other training providers. Preparation of a business plan is the crucial part of the programme. PIN in close cooperation with the beneficiaries drafts a document that outlines a new future small business beneficiaries plans to establish. PIN assists the beneficiaries in designing their business ideas and works as a mentor in the process of their business plan creation. A part of the business plan is also a short market survey setting the definition of the material, human means and financing needs and activity forecasts. Each beneficiaries is also asked to specify the value and nature of his/her own contribution. After preliminary agreement of OFII on the business idea, all the business plans drafted are submitted to a commission held at the French Embassy 3 time a year. The consul of France, the French attaché for development cooperation and representatives of OFII and PIN take part in the commission who expresses their advice on the viability of the project. The commission assesses the pertinence of the project as compared to the local context, competences and motivations of the client, as well as to his/her familial standing. Selected business ideas (projects) then receive financial support from OFII via PIN, ie. PIN uses the funds allocated by the above commission for the purchase of equipment necessary for the establishment of a given business.. PIN also takes responsibility for monitoring of implementation of the projects. Its employees visit the clients several times a year and inform OFII on the projects through 6-month and 12-month reports. Since February 2007 till June 2010, PIN assisted 76 beneficiaries and implemented 48 projects worth 260.000 EUR in various sectors. View more
Support to Socio-Economical Integration Internally Displaced PopulationIn the Samegrelo region People in Need is implementing project "Support to socio-economical integration of internally displaced population in the Zugdidi district" supported by the funds of the European Commission in the framework of the instrument for stability. Duration of the project: August 2009 - January 2011 Project focuses on three main aspects: rong>
Project focuses on three main aspects:
Provision of social assistance to IDPs in Zugdidi district
- provision of social work to the IDPs in the villages around Zugdidi
- provision of standardized trainings, methodological supervision and mentoring to the social work practitioners
- networking of the social service providers, development of standards for the field social work
Support to early recovery livelihood of IDPs and other vulnerable groups - Allocation of micro-grants for IDP initiatives and local NGOs
- Conducting of Local labor market assessment
- Allocation of Self reliance micro-grants for start-up businesses for vulnerable IDPs
Provision of material assistance to IDPs
- Community assessments and additional specialized assessments - priority of material assistance in the communities are health and education
- community mobilization (community assessment, preparation of the community development plans, implementation of the community micro-projects )
- At least 15 000 internally displaced people in the Zugdidi district will have an access to provision of social services and material assistance
- At least 20 social work practitioners and 5 resource persons will gain from the further education and methodological support
- Around 30 self-reliance micro-grants allocated for vulnerable IDPs and 20 micro-grants for IDP initiatives
Provision of social assistance to IDPs in Zugdidi district
SOCIAL WORK COMPONENT WITHIN THE PROJECT
SUPPORT TO SOCIO-ECONOMICAL INTERGRATION OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED POPULATION IN THE ZUGDIDI DISTRICT
Since late 1990s social work in Georgia has been introduced by local and international NGOs in various fields in state and non-governmental sectors. The field social work is relatively a new initiative and it is of a paramount importance that the PIN project will contribute to its further development.
The social work component aims to improve social services for internally displaced people in Zugdidi district through standardized provision of social work services supplementary to state-provided assistance and joint coordination of all state and non-state actors active in this area.
Our social workers work with IDPs from Abkhazia at both individual and community level. We continue the social work in the target areas, currently in Narazeni, Oktomberi, Shamgona and Akhalabastumani, previously in Zedaetseri, Natsuluku and Chitatskhari.
After the assessment in each target area, the social workers work with the local communities and help them dealing with the common problems, such as lack of non-formal education opportunities, electricity, roofing. We also organise different kind of meeting and events that support the local communities, e.g. workshop in Natsuluku and Narazeni's kindergarten on creative methods of working with children. Then, we meet our beneficiaries individually and talk with them separately in order to identify the real cases and orders. Together with the individual person we agree on the intervention plan and cooperation and think about all the possible steps that will be taken to solve the case and improve the beneficiary's socio-economic situation. In order to act efficiently and to use the already existing resources we refer to various local, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation, Social State Agency, House of Justice, local NGOs, individual persons (school directors, specialists for Human Rights).
Eight of our social workers are focused on individual work, two of them work mostly at the community level. From the beginning of 2010 there have been 160 interventions done in order to solve the cases. 71 interventions were done at the community level, 89 at the individual level. The most often orders we face in our work are documentation issues, bad living conditions, lack of knowledge about the IDP rights and allowances, unemployment, psychological support, health issues and lack of education.
There are four kinds of documents that we use in order to facilitate and coordinate the social work. In the weekly plans we set an agenda for each coming week. In the diaries and in the register of intervention we document our consultations, persons and institutions we refer our beneficiaries to and plan the follow-up activities. The personal folder is a confidential documentation of our individual work with beneficiaries, it contains the agreement between the social worker andView more
Supporting Economical Development of Vulnerable Regions of GeorgiaThis is two-year project, which has been implemented since 2009 in Tkibuli and Terjola regions and Ingiri community (Samgrelo). The main goal of the project was to assist small business and enterprise formation, improvement the potential of existing businesses, unification of enterprises in associations and networks, supporting investments in regional economy activities. In order to determi to determine the priorities and identify needs of local communities, there were arranged six focus group meetings in Terjola, Tkibuli, Ingiri, and villages of Terjola region - Chkhari, Etseri, Sazano.
On the meetings, citizens were introduced the principles of PIN working in Georgia, such as participation and payback. Participation means involvement of local population and cooperation with local self-government, and payback is oriented towards increasing the sense of social responsibility of supported businesses. It means that 50% of issued grants should be applied for answering community needs throughout a year.
Based on the announced competition there were submitted 67 projects. Out of them 34 were financed - 12 from Tkibuli region, 16 from Terjola region, 6 from Ingiri community. Total cost of financed project made 114777 GEL. Most of the grants were issued to the start up business. Eight existing (5 in Tkibuli region and 3 in Terjola) businesses got finances for improving their activities. Financed projects included building materials production, laundry, bakeries, car service, plastic door/window production, etc.
The payback will make 21437 GEL for Tkibuli focus communities, 28338 GEL for Tejola focus communities, and 4600 GEL for Ingiri communities. It is noteworthy that in Ingiri mainly live IDPs and the payback has been reduced to 30%. As the result of the project there were created 97 job opportunities including self-employment and seasonal works.
In the frames of the project, there were conducted 11 trainings involving 116 participants. Six obligatory trainings covered business plan making principles and marketing issues, four trainings concerned basics of networking and one training included marketing and fundraising issues. In addition, PIN and partner organization provided with group and individual consultations more than 60 beneficiaries.
Through the networking component of the project there was issued and spread the brochure - "what is business networking". All beneficiaries of PIN were offered to get involved in this component. It is noteworthy that many beneficiaries participated in the respective training in 2006-2008. Thirty-six beneficiaries were financially supported and participated in ninth international exhibition of agriculture, drinks and technology. Twelve beneficiaries participated in TV program on networking issues. It should be mentioned that they are potential collaborators who has the common business interests identified through the provided trainings.
The specially elaborated webpage http://www.networking.pin.ge reflects information on PIN projects and beneficiaries. There are also placed materials that would be useful for start up entrepreneurs.View more
Support of Small Entreprenuers and Farmers in Order to Prevent MigrationDevelopment project focused on support to small entrepreneurs and farmers in order to prevent illegal migration from Georgia to the Czech Republic via active informing of the Georgian society and concrete people who consider to migrate. This project's aim was to create better life conditions for inhabitants of selected areas (Tkibuli region) in order to diminish their tendency to emig ency to emigrate. The project had a specific element focusing on spreading information on migration and risks of illegal migration to students, journalists and the general public all over Georgia.
The project further builds on support to economic stability of inhabitants especially through projects aiming at raising the employment level and improving qualifications of the potential employees (PC courses, courses for starting entrepreneurs) as well asiniciation and support in starting new business activities (specific trainings, provision of micro-grants from starting small businesses as well as for enlargement of the existing small businesses). According to local situation also support of improvement of local infrastructure (reconstruction of 2 kindergardens, reconstruction of roofs of blocks of flats in cooperation with their inhabitants and the city hall).Prevention of illegal migration
Informational component of the project
includes three main parts, which were chosen basing ourselves on our 3-year work (2005-2007) in the field:
1. EDUCATION part - The main accent of the informational part relates to improvement and increasing the level of knowledge in population about the damages and risks of illegal migration, using the legislation and the informational resources in right ways.
Seminars - were held in Tbilisi (Academy of Diplomacy, Education centre) and several schools in Tbilisi, Tkibuli and Kazbegi;
Education trainings - the main accent of the informational part applied in improvement and increasing the level of knowledge in population about the damages and risks of illegal migration, using in right ways legislation and the informational recourses (trainings were held for teachers, students and journalists in Tskaltubo, Kashuri, Ozurgeti, Kutaisi and Tkibuli districts - totaly 170 people).
2. INFORMATION part - Popularization of the themes by the radio and press.
Raising and discussing questions in order to exchange ideas and solve problems relating to migration.
Exhibitions with main theme - illegal migration and human rights;
Journalist support program - 38 issues of comics concerning rosks of migration in Journal "Kakhetis Khma" were printed;
Teacher support program - providing special education text books (including alternative methods of education), enhancing teachers‘ qualification in the field of migration. Over 50 teachers profited form support of the program;
Pupils support program - providing pupils of secondary schools in the Tkibuli region with education books (650 children form 1-4 grade).
3. NET- WORK - financing independent journalists' work in the Georgian press to find out and publish true stories of illegal migration. Also leaflets, info notes, journals were printed and distributed among a variety of target groups.
Internet resources - web site was updated with news about legislative and useful information;
Reporting organization activities on TV and Radio. - all seminars and training included also publicity elements, such as printing in newspapers and inviting local TV or active media;
Documental movies and cartoons - PIN donated a documentary film "One Way Ticket" (23 minutes) to local NGOs and explained how to use it as a information tool for prevention of illegal migration;
Interviews - In new target groups PIN used a questionnaire monitoring knowledge of various target groups about the Czech legislation and then provided them with updated information. (Trainings for teachers, students);
Distribution of information materials - journals with comics and useful dictionary, booklets about types of visa, dividers with Schengen zone countries, notes with legislation of Czech Republic and useful internet links.
Assistan in Starting New Small Businesses to Georgian Returnees from FranceSocial accompaniment, preparation of business plans and assistance in implementation of the approved business plans. Support provided to the returnees in their efforts to reintegrate to their home country and to start a new business. Duration of intervention: January-December 2008 Funded by: French agency ANAEM View more
Humanitarian Assistance to Selected Community Centres for IDPS, 2008Psychosocial assistance and humanitarian material aid (small repairs, reconstructions, additional distribution of material aid - food, hygienic staff). Intervention sites: 18 community centres in Tbilisi and 3 villages in the South Ossetia buffer zone (Zemo Nikozi, Zemo Kviti, Kvemo Kviti). Duration of intervention: October - December 2008. Implementing partners : Global Initiativ rs : Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP)
Funded by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Joint Development of MigrationThe program of Joint Development of Migration makes an accent on regulation of material and humanitarian resources. The program helps the Georgian migrants, returned to their country from France, to rehabilitate. The migrants, selected for the program and represented projects receive the grants, admitted for implementation by the committee of Orientation and Coordination and also assented b ation and Coordination and also assented by the director of the ANAEM mission.
ANAEM`s participation concludes not only financing of projects, such as establishing of enterprises, but also Associations** work in all aspects, related to preliminary and final studying of projects, also grants related after start actions of the project.
Besides ANAEM is financing the assistance in the beginning of realization of project of the Migrant, in case if it's recognized by the committee as viable.View more
Socio-Humanitarian Support to IDPs in the Region of ZugdidiWithin this intervention, PIN continues work already started in 2008 when it provided psycho-social assistance in 18 community centers in Tbilisi and three villages in the Georgian / South Ossetian buffer zone. In total up to 3500 people affected by the conflict had an access to the assistance via psychosocial assistance as well as material aid (mostly through provision and distrib ribution of non-food items, small reparation of community centers, etc.).
PIN intends to apply a similar approach within this project and thus complement its income generating activities focusing on small self-reliance grants for vulnerable groups.
The project is comprised of two main components - social assistance and humanitarian material aid:
1) Support to internally displaced people through provision of social services:
- creation of a network and capacity building of social workers in Zugdidi working with IDPs, provision of social services
- provision of support to GASW in their efforts to promote social work as an independent discipline
2) Humanitarian assistance to selected community centres (CCs) - repairs in the CCs, coverage of material needs (food, hygienic staff when needed, school necessities).
The project will be complemented by the income-generation component of the development project carried out by PIN in Imereti. Within this second project, over 20 micro-grants will be offered in the Samegrelo region with special focus on IDPs and other vulnerable groups.
Beneficiaries: at least 2000 internally displaced people in the Zugdidi region will have access to the assistance provided (intervention sites: selected CCs of IDPs in Zugdidi region)
Duration of intervention: February - December 2009
Implementing partners: Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW), Association for Disabled Women and Mothers of Disabled Children - DEA
Funded by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic