“Promoting Safety and Social Sustainability of Multi-child Families”
The Project implementer is “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs”
The project is supported by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and funded by the European Union;
Project duration: 01.12.20 – 28.02.21;
The objective of the project is identify negative impacts caused by COVID-19 and promoting safety and social sustainability of multi-child family members after studying their needs;
Project beneficiaries are members of the 560 multi-child families living and registered in Kutaisi municipality
Coronavirus that has spread throughout the world so quickly, has affected on most of the population of Georgia as well, it has negatively impacted not only on humans’ health but also on their economic situation. Based on the current situation the project “Promoting Safety and Social Sustainability of Multi-child Families” was developed.
The project anticipates:
- Study and identify the needs of multi-child families and develop recommendations;
- Raise awareness of multi-child family members about the dangers of COVID-19 as well as the ways of protecting from it;
- Provide them with psychorehabilitation treatment and humanitarian aid (by means of fighting against the coronavirus) based on the identified needs;
- Raise awareness of local community on how to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Cooperation agreements with the staff and a work plan was prepared within the framework of the project. An information leaflet and a press release were published and information about the project was spread via the organization’s social networks (find the enclosed materials)
Members of multi-child families, living in Kutaisi Municipality and the representatives of local government structures were informed about the project and about the gained dividends via online.
In particular, Mr Ioseb Khakhaleishvili ( Mayor of Kutaisi), Irakli Karkashadze (Deputy Mayor), Irakli Shengelia (Chairperson of the City Council) and Zurab Margvelashvili (Head of the Social Affairs Service of the City Hall of the Preliminary Structural Unit) were informed about the project.
A special questionnaire was developed to define the victims of coronavirus and their needs. Two representatives of multi-child families were assigned to identify the needs of large families (Tamar Kishaev will fill – 100 questionnaires and Darine Mukbaniani – another 100 ones) also Natruli Nachkebia a representative of our organization will work with the rest, 360 families.
Therefore, the project aims at increasing not only the sustainability of multi-child family members, but also human safety; in this direction special importance is required to
- Raise awareness
- Study the needs of multi-child families (560 families)
- Advocate identified problems (that go beyond the submitted project) with local government structures;
- Provide multi-child family members with health care (including psychorehabilitation treatment) and other activities especially how to protect themselves from COVID-19.
Within the framework of the project, according to the recent data (1.12.20 – 16.12.20), the work has been successfully carried out in accordance with the pre-developed schedule (considering the regulations all the work has been carried out remotely, through Internet and telephone communications ).
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The project “Promoting the security and social situation of multi-child families” approved by the The Steering Committe of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum is financially supported by the European Union.
The aim of the project is “Bringing multi-child families, living and registered in Kutaisi municipality, out of the crisis situation and improving their human security” caused by the COVID -19.
The project anticipate:
– Raising awareness of the society and multi-child families about the spread of the infection, the means of protection from the virus and who they can apply to in case of necessity.
– Study the needs of multi-child families and respond to the identified problems through advocating the ones with local government structures in case of necessity.
– Providing multi-child families with virus protection and health care activities (including psychorehabilitation treatment).
Project implementation period is 01.12.20 – 28.02.21.
Successful Beneficiaries of a Successful Project
Some projects – selected under the competition – for improving employment opportunities as well as the social and economic situation of multi-child families living and registered in Kutaisi were supported financially by Kutaisi City Hall within the project “Support the multi-child families” in 2019.
The implementing organization “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” of which main direction has always been “Women’s Economic Empowerment” was also selected through the competition. The Social Affairs Service of Kutaisi City Hall was assigned to organize monitoring of project implementation,
7 projects were selected within the project “Sustainable economic strengthening of multi-child families living in Kutaisi through the development of their own business.” on the basis of studying relevant skills and knowledge. One of the goals is starting a micro and small business or expanding the existing one.
Please introduce the following successful beneficiaries:
- A florist shop “Semiramida” (Megi Nijaradze)
Megi was provided with the implements worth of 2000 GEL within the project, she has worked smoothly, but due to the COVID19 in Georgia, the number of orders for indoor decorations has decreased, but as for the orders for the outdoor decorations- they have increased. Also fresh flowers have been successfully sold via pre-orders.
Megi Nizharadze once mentioned “I managed to expand my business under the project. New ideas have come up and the prolongation of this project is necessary especially for the multi-child families, as even a small amount of support is vital for more development of the business”.
- Beauty salon “Kapriza” (Lela Kakauridze)
Lela was funded with the implements worth of 1200 GEL. She expressed a great gratitude and noted: „A washbasin was purchased with the support of Kutaisi City Hall and Fund of Women Entrepreneurs, that made the service easier and much comfortable for customers as well”.
- Sewing Factory (Irine Chakhunashvili )
A sewing machine worth of 2000 GEL was purchased for Irine within the framework of the project. Because of the pandemic situation a sewing factory stopped working but after the getting permission it continued doing the job. She sewed and hired children’s holiday costumes including dance costumes and Chokha-Akhalukhi. At present she also sews women’s clothes. She express her gratitude for the high quality machine. She is also glad that the number of orders have increased.
- Confectionery “Rio-Rita” (Nona Gelashvili)
Under the project, the confectionery was funded with the inventory worth of 2 500 GEL. Because of the pandemic situation orders were lessen but all the staff was retained. At present, the productivity has increased by 30% and 2 persons have been employed. The baking space has been expanded and repaired and 2 more bakers will be employed in a near future. The range of cakes have increased as well.
- Fast Food Eating House (Nargizi Maisashvili)
She was provided with the baking implements worth of 1634 GEL within the framework of the project that effected positively on the quantity and quality of products. The space was expanded and repaired by 5m2, so 2 more persons were employed. Everyday income has increased by 200 GEL. Once she said: “I am very grateful with the funding, it was a great support for me“.
- Car service (Alexandre Lashkareishvili)
All main equipment of suspension parts (worth of 4000 GEL) necessary for repairing cars were purchased under the project. He had to stop working because of the pandemic situation in Georgia but now because of the high demand of the service and after the betting permission of opening he carried on working.
- Making and modeling national souvenirs (Marina Virsaladze-Trushelevi)
She was supported with the equipment worth of 2830 GEL. During the pandemic situation she worked full-time, moreover she had orders for the Puppet and Mask Theaters. She also modeled sketches of stand-candles and she supposes that they will be successfully sold. Marina is also an invited teacher in the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs to teach the young making and modeling national dolls.
Kutaisi Municipality and Fund of Women Entrepreneurs wish health and success to our multi-child families.
On June 24, 2020 a successful computer graphics specialists and a beneficiary of the project “Step By Step towards a Better Future”-Shota Gogolashvili, was awarded with a computer “LENOVO”, under the material support program, by a chairperson of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs to expand his business. FWE wishes him further success to develop his business.
Representatives of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs, has completed work with local NGOs in Ambrolauri and Tsageri, to explore the local needs within the project: “Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)”.
Due to the present emergency situation in the country, work with the focus groups (in total 8 ones) was carried out online according to the recommendations provided by the government.
The project is financed by the European Union. In collaboration with Fund “Sukhumi” (a leading organization) as well as “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” and the “Imereti Scientists’ Union “Spectri””.
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“Step by Step toward a Better Future “
Successful beneficiaries of a successful project
Based on the online monitoring conducted by the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) in Imereti region, 10 projects out of 17 funded under the project have worked smoothly, without large losses, despite the prevalence of Covid-19 virus in the country and despite the quarantine period related to it.
FWE presents them with great pleasure:
- “Milk and Dairy Products Producing” (N. Beltadze, M. Khurtsidze).
The business is carried out in Ternal, one of the village of Tskaltubo district. 6 cows were given under the project; At present 10 calves were added by the accretion. Dairy products are produced and sold without difficulties.
- “Growing Strawberries and Raspberries” (T. Kakachia).
He runs a business in Khoni. At present he gets income by selling strawberry and strawberry seedlings.
3 “Poultry Business” (M. Mindeli)
His poultry business is run in Tkibuli. He has a small poultry farm (in particular, chickens and ducks) where he raises purchased chickens and ducklings, and then sells them.
4 “Livestock farming” –milk and dairy products producing and selling” (M. Maisuradze, M. Maisuradze).
They have their livestock farming in the village of Khoni district, Ghvedi. 6 cows were purchased under the project, 2 calves were added by the accretion.They produce 23-25 liters of milk daily, from which they produce cheese.
5 “Dry Cleaning” (O. Burlakov, E. Torotadze)
They perform their job in Kutaisi. All the necessary machines for the job were purchased under the project. Initially, they got orders by calling. After the spread of the virus they started disinfectant activities. The income is not as good as before, but they are still satisfied.
6 “Cultivation of Vegetable Crops” (B. Kutateladze).
He runs his job in Chuneshi one of the village of Tskaltubo district.
All the necessary materials needed for the building a greenhouse as well as a tractor were purchased under the project. At present he cultivates vegetable crops in the greenhouse (like cucumbers, tomatoes). Also he earns some money from providing services by tractor.
7 “Beekeeping” (L. Tkeshelashvili)
This business is run in Dikhakhsho, Vani. Has 10 bee families. Bee hives are in good condition and expects no less than 180 kg of honey, in addition he is going to get some income from the selling of bee families and other accompanying products.
8 “Making of Metal Products” (T. Chachua)
This job is carried out in Kutaisi. Because of the spread of the virus he has obstacles in his job, but he still manages to produce and sell products but in smaller quantity.
9 “Advertising Services with Polygraphic Equipment” (Sh. Gogolashvili, Gogolashvili).
This job is developed in Kutaisi. Although the orders, that were foreseen under the project, were reduced they still managed and mastered to make requested products like, respirator cloth masks and face shield, that have allowed them to have income.
10“Working on felt, sewing and weaving” (P. Lagvilava, N. Abuladze).
This job is performed in Kutaisi. The average monthly income of the beneficiaries before the virus was 1600 – 1700 GEL. Their income has reduced because of the quarantine period, but they were able to sell some of their products with the help of proper marketing.
Representatives of the following partner organizations working in Tsageri and Ambrolauri:
– “Tsageri Women’s Rights and Equality Center”,
– “Active Citizen-Accountable Government”
– “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Savaneti Self-Government Resource Center”
– “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Regional Hub-AbkhazIntercont“
completed 2 stages of studying the local needs: questionnaires and preparing interviews in-depth within the framework of the project“Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)”.
The project is financed by the European Union. In collaboration withFund “Sukhumi” (a leading organization) as well as “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” and the “Imereti Scientists’ Union “Spectri””.
Fund of Women Entrepreneurs’ Staff Work Meeting
On May 7, 2020 the next meeting was held among the project “Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)” performers. The meeting was devoted to analyzing ongoing processes and future plans within the project according to the agenda.
Assistants, A. Chikhladze and N. Nachkebia, presented information on the implementation of the activities anticipated by the plan in the target regions (Ambrolauri, Tsageri). The ways to overcome the challenges that local partners faced in quarantine were also debated. The planned events of May and the details of the distribution of work among the assistants were discussed in detail.
All the taken decisions are aimed at providing partner organizations with further consultancy for project development, as well as organizing their participation in the training, promoting focus groups in the region, closing the area of the last TV program and calculating the number of people receiving information.
For the attention of former and current beneficiaries of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs (Kutaisi) and Association of Internally Displaced Women “Consent”:
During the quarantineperiod caused by Covid-19 virus, the possibility of various types of business and entrepreneurial activities was limited. As a resultsome employees including the self-employed ones remained without income.
In addition, targetsocial assistance and tax benefitsare provided in the plan submitted by the government. If you find yourself as one of the consumers and if you need some help to understand how to take advantage of these benefits, we are ready to provide you with legal advice and practical assistance in finding all the necessary documents.
You can contact us in writing or make a phone call to any of our staff members:
- Association “Consent”; Project coordinator within the project “Step by Step toward a Better Future” – Nana Gogokhia: 591 11 60 26
- Fund of Women Entrepreneurs;
Lawyer – Inga Maghlaperidze: 571 62 38 38
Assistants: AnjelaChikhladze: 579 70 23 23
Natruli Nachkebia: 574 27 55 88
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Julia Kharashvili – Chairperson of the Association “Consent”
MeriGelashvili – Chairperson of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs
On April 28, 2020, Elena Smirnova, a representative of the leading organization – Hilfswerk International- of the project “Step by Step toward a Better Future” organized a working meeting with the following representatives of the partner organizations in Georgia: Julia Kharashvili, a chairperson – project director (IDP Women Association “Consent” – project coordinator organization in Georgia), Nana Gogokhia a project coordinator in Georgia; as well as the repsentatives of the branches: Khvtiso Lobzhanidze from Gori and Maia Chemia from Zugdidi and a project coordinator in Imereti region – Meri Gelashvili.
The main topic of the meeting was COVID-19 and planning the actions to overcoming new challenges created by quarantine conditions related to the virus as well as their implementation. At the same time, special attention was paid to the assistance of the project beneficiaries in the issues that they need especially. Informing and assisting them in the legal matters that will improve their situation a little and make available for them material or social assistance provided from the government.
Another issue was the current plans and ways to implement them. The format of the next meeting and methods of exchanging information were also planned.
Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and its regional partners from Tsageri and Ambrolauri “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Self-Government Resource Center,”, “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Regional Hub – “Abkhaz Intercont”,”Active Citizen – Accountable Government”, “Women’s Rights and Equality Center of Tsageri” participated in the webinar organized by the Cultural-Humanitarian Fund “Sukhumi” within the framework of the project: “Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)” on April 22, 2020. The webinar was devoted to the topic: “How to raise funds” under the guidance of the trainer Ekaterine Gamakharia. Although 36 representatives of 16 organizations participated in the webinar and it was conducted online, the technically correct event increased the possibility of holding the event at a high level. All participants had access to the information.
As a result of the webinar, representatives of all 16 organizations, including FWE and the four aforementioned organizations, had opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in project development and funding that will be conducted in a competitive format.
Organizational work changesduring the quarantine period as well as reports on the planned and conducted activities within the project “Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)”was discussed during the meeting held on April 16.
Project assistants Anjela Chikhladze and Natruli Nachkebia mentioned the aspects of of their implementation and challengesin their reports.
Based on the information, a chairperson Meri Gelashvili summed up the meeting and noted that, despite the crisis situation in the country, the planned activities are not in danger and they are elaboarted with joint effort together with our regional partners in accordance with the plan.
Once again, the challenges that actually exist were focused on and additional measures should be taken to avoid them.
On April 16, 2020, the next online meeting of the performers of the project “Step by Step toward a Better Future” took place. According to the agenda, the following issues were discussed:
- The information about the project implementation from the implementing organizations (in Georgia: IDP Women’s Association “Consent”, with the representatives of its branches in Zugdidi and Gori and FWE)as well as with the representative of a leading organization “Hilfswerk International” Elena Smirnova.As a result of the meeting, measures were taken to enable us to connect with our beneficiaries and provide further assistance as far as possible.
- Also reports of project assistants’ Nachkebia and N. Kenjia were discussed.
At the meeting, decisions were made on the methods and mechanisms that will identify the challenges associated with quarantine and measures were taken to overcome them.
Fund of Women Entrepreneursremotely cooperates with partner organizations in Ambrolauri and Tsageri, depending on the situation in the country,within the framework of the project:” Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)”. It is noteworthy that all activities planned under the project are thoroughly completed through online consultations and telephone communications.In April, online consultations were held with the representatives of Ambrolauri Civic Organizations: Racha-Lechkhumi and KvemoSvaneti Self-Government Resource Center and Racha-Lechkhumi and KvemoSvaneti Regional Hub – “Abkhazintercont” as well as with the representatives of the Tsageri civil society organizations “Active Citizen-Accountable Government” and with the Tsageri Women’s Rights and Equality Center.The specifics of conducting interviews planned under the project, the format of holding a training and all the challenges that can be overcome as a result of remote work were discussed at the online meetings.
The project has been implemented with the financial support of the European Union in partnership with Fund “Sukhumi”(a leading organization)Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and the Imereti Scientists’ Union ”Speqtri”.
Fund of Women Entrepreneurs was actively involved in the process of studying the needs of the population organized by the Gender Council of Kutaisi Municipality.
The aim of our research is to study the socioeconomic situation of the families with many children living in Kutaisi Municipality, caused by the introduction of the state of emergency, which is related to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 virus.
On April 3, 2020 an online meeting of the team of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs was held (according to the quarantine situation). Reports on implemented activities, according to the approved schedule, within the framework of the projects ‘Step-by-Step towards a Better Future’ and “Guria, Imereti and Racha – Lechkhumi Civil Society Organizations Forum on Public Governance Reform Roadmap (PAR) Monitoring” were submitted by the project assistants.
On March 24, 2020, an online meeting was held among Elena Smirnova – South Caucasus Regional Manager of the project ‘Step-by-Step Towards a Better Future’, Julia Kharashvili- a project director (IDP Association „Consent”), Nana Gogokhia – a local project coordinator, and among the Imereti project coordinator and a chairperson of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs Meri Gelashvili.
The purpose of the meeting was to plan the works to be implemented online since March, due to the danger of the spread of coronavirus. At the meeting they discussed and studied all the beneficiaries’ present condition with the telephone interview, participants of the meeting also made online business monitoring of the beneficiaries won in the material support program. The meeting was also devoted to the information campaign “Together, we will defeat Covid19” and notifications were sent to the beneficiaries via Facebook and e-mails. The issue of developing other software documents was also discussed.
Due to the emergency situation in the country, caused by the “COVID 19”, Fund for Women Entrepreneurs continues online work within the framework of the project ““Guria, Imereti and Racha – Lechkhumi Civil Society Organizations Forum on Public Governance Reform Roadmap (PAR) Monitoring”. Partner organizations in Tsagery and Ambrolauri municipalities have still found the needs of the community. Consultations and recommendations via the internet and telephones are provided by the staff of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs.
The project has been implemented with the financial support of the European Union, in partnership with Fund “Sokhumi’’ (a leading organization), Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and Imereti Scientists’ Union ‘Spectri’.
Next meeting with the Partners
On March 24, 2020 the next monthly meeting of partners (Cultural – Humanitarian Fund “Sokhumi”, Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and Imereti Scientists’ Union ‘Spectri’) was held online within the framework of the project “Guria, Imereti and Racha – Lechkhumi Civil Society Organizations Forum on Public Governance Reform Roadmap (PAR) Monitoring”
Present day force majeure situation about the health condition, caused by the coronavirus was discussed among the project partners as well as regional partner organizations.
The meeting was also devoted to the general situation in the country and regions, they also overview the project fulfilled activities and the results, challenges and needs.
Future activities were also planned in particular, studying the needs of the project municipalities for their systematization and elaboration the result-oriented recommendations. Also, preparing the narrative and financial reports as well as other organizational issues were the main issues that were discussed at the meeting.
Future plans and mechanisms for their implementation depending on the current situation were discussed in detail.
On March 16, 2020 special disinfection works against COVID-19 virus were carried out by the Ltd Kutaisi Preventive Disinfection Station in the office of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs.
On February 28, Fund of Women Entrepreneurs organized a meeting in Tsagery municipality with the representatives of the following local partner organizations: “Center of Women’s Rights and Gender Equality” and “Active Citizen – Accountable Government” within the framework of the project “Guria, Imereti and Racha – Lechkhumi Civil Society Organizations Forum on Public Governance Reform Roadmap (PAR) Monitoring”. The meeting was devoted to the discussion about the ongoing process of monitoring and implementation of the Roadmap # PAR at the local level that are fulfilled by the organizations in their municipalities.
The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the Cultural-Humanitarian Fund “Sukhumi” (a leading organization) as well as with the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and the Imereti Scientists’ Union “Spectri”.
On February 27, Fund of Women Entrepreneurs organized a meeting in Ambrolauri Municipality with the representatives of local civic organizations “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Regional Hub “Abkhazinterkonti” and “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Self-Government Resource Center”. They discussed about the ongoing process of monitoring and implementation of the Roadmap # PAR at the local level, also consultation and recommendations were developed within the project “Guria, Imereti and Racha – Lechkhumi Civil Society Organizations Forum on Public Governance Reform Roadmap (PAR) Monitoring”
The project has been implemented in partnership with Cultural-Humanitarian Fund “Sukhumi” (a leading organization), “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” and the Imereti Scientists’ Union “Spectri”. It is funded by the EU.
Another event of partnership (Cultural – Humanitarian Fund “Sokhumi” and partners: Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and Imereti Scientists’ Union ‘Spectri’): project “Guria, Imereti and Racha – Lechkhumi Civil Society Organizations Forum on Public Governance Reform Roadmap (PAR) Monitoring”, financed by the EU.
On February 21, 2020 a forum and training on topic “Participation of the Wider Civil Society and Regional Needs Assessment at local municipality for Local Roadmap (PAR) Implementation” was held by the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs in “Bagrati 1003” Hotel, Kutaisi.
In total 16 civil society organizations from partner regions: Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi were participated in the training. The agenda of the forum included discussion of the issues highlighted at the previous meeting, like: “Program Budgeting of Municipality, considering the Gender Component” (speaker – Emma Kamkia) as well as about the current public administration in Ambrolauri Municipality (Nana Sokhadze, Christine Museridze) and in Tsageri Municipality (Mzevinar Liparteliani, Marine Svanidze)
The second half of the training was dedicated to the “Regional Needs Assessment with the Participation of the Wider Civil Society for the Implementation of the Roadmap (PAR) at the local level”.
Theoretical knowledge and activities fulfilled at the training enables the trainees to gain knowledge and experience in order to identify the needs better and use it in the implementation of the roadmap (PAR).
On January 31, 2020 Fund of Women Entrepreneurs organized the recording of a TV report for a further popularization of a mentorship programs under the project “Step-by-Step towards a Better Future” 675. The meaning, specifics and perspectives of the mentorship program were covered through the plot. Tamar Kalandadze – a project psychologist, project mentors – Nino Khonelidze and Angela Chikhladze, a prospective mentor – Shota Gogolashvili participated in recording the TV report.
On January 30, 2020 a final meeting with the fifth cycle mentors was held by the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs within the framework of the project “Step-by-Step towards a Better Future” 675. At the meeting the third, fourth and fifth cycle mentors were also awarded by the certificates.
During the meeting the participants evaluated the activities carried out by them; the advantages and importance of the mentorship program were also paid attention. The participants noted that mentorship is a responsible, long-term and result-oriented activity and they also mentioned that they will be ready to continue mentorship program in case anybody applies to them.
On January 22, 2020 representatives of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs – as an implementing partner organization of the project “Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)”- held a meeting with the local, partner organizations :”Center for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality” and “Active Citizen-Accountable Authority” in Tsageri Municipality. The meeting was devoted to the discussion about the information gained through the training, as well as monitoring questionnaire and the report form were discussed. The timing of the activities planned for the project was also elaborated and consultation was given.
The project is funded by the European Union.
On January 21, 2020 Fund of Women Entrepreneurs organized a meeting in Ambrolauri Municipality with the representatives of local partner civil society organizations “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Self-Government Resource Center” and “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo-Svaneti Hub – Abkhazinterkonti (AIC). The meeting was devoted to the discussion about the information gained through the training also monitoring questionnaire, a report form and the timing of the activities planned for the project were talked over.
Within the framework of the project “Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)” Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Mayor of Ambrolauri Zviad Mkheidze, chairman of Ambrolauri Municipality Council Aslan Saganelidze, chairperson of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs Mary Gelashvili and local partner NGOs.
The project is financed by the European Union.
Meeting in Tsageri
An introductory meeting was held, by the “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs”, with the members of local self-government as well as among the members of NGOs “Center for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality” and “Active Citizen-Accountable Authority” in Tsageri municipality. The meeting was organized within the framework of the project “Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)”. The project has been implemented in partnership with Cultural-Humanitarian Fund “Sukhumi”, “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” and Imereti Scientists’ Union “Spectri”. The project is financed by the European Union.
Meeting in Ambrolauri
An information meeting, among the members of local self-government, NGOs and “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Self-Government Resource Center” and “Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo-Svaneti Hub – Abkhazinterkonti (AIC), was organized by the “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” in Ambrolauri Municipality. The meetings were held within the framework of the project “Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)”. The project has been implemented in partnership with Cultural-Humanitarian Fund “Sukhumi”, “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” and Imereti Scientists’ Union “Spectri”. The project is financed by the European Union.
Fund of Women Entrepreneurs
On November 7, 2018, a meeting was held between south Caucasus regional manager Petra Steinkogler, (within the project 675) and the Imereti Regional Employee. The meeting was attended by the local manager of the project Nana Gogokhia, the Chairman of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs, Project Coordinator in Imereti Region – Meri Gelashvili, Project Employees in Imereti region, total 11 people.
The mission of the meeting was to discuss issues of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and college “Iberia” regarding the 4th cycle of learning.
Since the fourth cycle is financed by the project, the changes in the budget are discussed, which ensures the implementation of this stage of the project.
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Project Step by Step towards a Better Future (Phase II) – 4th cycle
On October 31, 2018, an open door day was held at public college “Iberia”, within the project “Step by Step towards a Better Future, financed by EU and the Austrian Development Agency. Ann introductory meeting was held with the 4th cycle probationers, former convicts, and their family members.
The meeting was attended employees of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs, head of collage “Iberia“, their teachers ,representatives of Probation Bureau of Imereti Region : psychologist- Avtandil Arbolishvili, social worker-Tinatin Chelishvili,14 probationer from Imereti,1 successful beneficiaries from 3th cycle and mentor of project Nana Idadze.
At the meeting beneficiaries received information about project from social worker Maia Qamushadze, implementation of the ongoing training in the Integration Center made by Fund of Women Entrepreneurs .Also the teachers of collage “Iberia” held presentation about selected professions.specialty training room views. Beneficiaries once again learned about professional choice, resulting in the final staffing of the groups. The 4th cycle beneficiaries will start studying on October 5.
On October 18 2018 , the workshop was held in the frames of “Student Rehabilitation Center of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs”, which was presented by coordinator of the training center for the Entrepreneur Women’s Fund Anjela Chikhladze and the social service Agency, Imereti Regional Center, continuous professional orientation and career planning consultan Khatuna Oboladze
Attending society received information about professional teaching, employment and support services. Specifically, it was about employment, continuous professional orientation and career planning, support for employment, subsidizing, internship and short-term retraining professional courses. Interested applicants were registered with professional training and on the portal of employment. worknet.gov.ge
On October 25, 2018, FWE held a meeting in Poti assembly room. The meeting included information about the project, which was funded by EU. “Georgia to create an effective model for implementation of DCFTA and small and medium enterprises strategy on European road” – sub-grant: “Public Information in Free Trade Area” Which was attended by local beneficiaries, entrepreneurs, representatives of non-governmental and governmental, educational sphere. The meeting was discussed on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement. 20 people received the information on this topic.
Informing the public about Free Trade Area
Re-granting of the project funded by EU within: “Georgia on the European way: Creating Effective Model for Implementation of DCFTA and Small and Medium Enterprises Strategy ” ,on October 18.2018 Fund of Women Entrepreneurs held meeting about the project “Informing the public about Free Trade Area”. 35 people attended the meeting: representatives of different layers of civil society and organization beneficiaries. Meetings will continue to increase public awareness of this issue.
Fund of Women Entrepreneurs
On october 05, 2018, FWE held a presentation performance by forum theatre where it was presented of the challenges to overcome those who are in conflict with the law in everyday life in integration centre.
The forum theatre held a presentation-summarization of the project “Step-by-Step for a Better Future”(financed by EU and Austrian Development Agency) The project is partnership – implemented by Hilfswerk Austria INTERNATIONAL, Association “Consent” and Fund of Women Entrepreneurs. But it was implemented by volunteers of Association “Consent “
The goal of the event was to reduce the discriminatory attitudes towards the convicted individuals and to overcome the existing stigma.
The event was distinguished with the high activity of the audience, due to the forum – theater concept.
At the same time, noteworthy was the high qualification of volunteer actors.
The event was attended by Representatives of different layers of civil society, project beneficiaries , a total of 62 people.
Fund of Women Entrepreneurs
On September 26, 2018, FWE held a presentation-summarization of the first stage of the project – “Step-by-Step towards a Better Future” (EU and Austrian Development Agency) in integration center.
One of the directions of the project is “Material Support Program”. The winners of the MSP (8 projects) were awarded material resources in accordance with the submitted projects, which were exhibited in the yard of the Integration Center.
The project is partnership – implemented by Hilfswerk International, IDP Women’s Association “Consent” and FWE collaboration.
The event was attended by: National Probation Agency, Imereti National Probation Bureau, Crime Prevention Center, Governmental Organizations (Local and Abkhazian), representatives from business sector, NGOs (international and local), employment and internship organizations, “Public Defender’s Office” Services Agency, Vocational Education collage ” Iberia ” , civil society, the media, a total of 75 people.
A World Without waste
FWE, united in the network – “Now is our time”, joined the campaign “Clean, Healthy World Without waste ” on September 15, 2018. The campaign unites volunteers in 160 countries. FWE staff and volunteers cleaned up the social housing area, Nickea st. The main message of the demonstration was to support the participation of 5% of the population in the event and to raise their awareness of ecological issues.
Winners of the Material Support Program
Winners of the Material Support Program, within the framework of the project “Step-by-Step towards a Better Future” (675), were announced in FWE office, on September 4, 2018.
Total 8 projects have been selected (from 14), which have received the highest score and their authors will be awarded appropriate material support to implement the business plan. Project author and director is Hilfswerk Austria International. Project financially supported by the EU and the Austrian Development Agency.
We congratulate the winners and wish them success.
Fund of Women Entrepreneurs
The applications were reviewed and assessed within the framework of the Material Support program of the Project 675 “Step-by-Step towards a Better Future” on 21-22 August, 2018 in Kutaisi. 14 applications were submitted by the beneficiaries who are in conflict with the law. 8 winners were revealed.
The project is headed by Hilfswerk Austria International and is financially supported by the EU and the Austrian Development Agency.
Fund of Women Entrepreneurs (Kutaisi) joins the appeal of the “Green Georgia Movement” / Friends of the Earth-Georgia and the “Youth Union of the Caucasus” in taking an active part in the International Campaign “Clean World” (September 15-16) and the Second International Campaign “World Day purity “(September 15).
FWE staff join the above mentioned Action on September 15 and will participate in one part of the city (in agreement with the City Hall) during the cleaning process. Within the framework of the Campaign, special T-shirts will be prepared for the staff of the FWE, related to the appeal of this day.
The informational meeting for beneficiaries, who are interesting in FWE graduates support programs, was held in public college “Iberia” within the framework of the project “Step-by-Step towards a Better Future” on 16.07.18. Applications fill in by 23 beneficiaries.
The two-day training on business application writing and skills development was held for alumni by FWE, on 17-18 July, 2018.
The training was attended by 19 applicants.
The third cycle beneficiaries were awarded certificates within the framework of the project “Step-by-Step towards a Better Future” by FWE in public college “Iberia” on 16.07.18.
25 Beneficiaries have passed the three-month training course on the following specialties : computer graphics, stylist, electrician, car repairing electrician, cook. They also received the services from the FWE Integration Center staff on Social, Psychological, Legal issues, also they raised their Vital Skills.
The working meeting within the framework of the project #675 “Step by Step towards a better future” in FWE office
On July 3, 2018, the meeting was held among Nicol Bauer (HWI Project Manager in Caucasus Region), Meri Gelashvili (Chairperson of FWE – Project Coordinator in Imereti region), Nana Gogokhia (staff member of “consent” – project local manager) and the project`s implementers. Totally 8 persons.
At the meeting was discussed the implementation of the project # 675, stages of material support program, results of beneficiaries` trainings, internships and mentorship issues and future plans.
Nicol Bauer examined the public college “Iberia” training rooms where the beneficiaries were trained. She attended training for the stylists group.
Meeting of HWI Project manager in Caucasus region in Imereti probation bureau
On July 3, 2018 the meeting was held among representatives of FWE, Imereti probation bureau and HWI Project manager in Caucasus region.
The meeting was attended by project #675 regional manager in Caucasus – Nicol Bauer, head of Imereti probation bureau – Valerian Vacharadze, chairperson of FWE- Meri Gelashvili, the project local manager – Nana Gogokhia (consent), representatives of crime prevention centre and project implementers from FWE. The meeting was attended totally by 12 persons.
At the meeting were discussed results of the teaching and employment of I-II-III cycle beneficiaries of the project #675, the stages of material support program, and future plans.
The working meeting with staff of Centre of Crime prevention (Imereti region)
The working meeting was held between FWE and Centre of Crime prevention of Imereti region on 26 June, 2018. The meeting was attended by soc. workers of centre of crime prevention – Lela Japharidze, Tamar Jojua and soc. worker of the project #675 (step by step towards a better future) – Maia Kamushadze and project`s assistant- Natruli Nachkebia.
At the meeting was discussed results of the 3 month courses for the beneficiaries of the project`s (#675) third cycle and stages of the material support program.
FWE hosted a group of 15 students and 3 teachers from the Department of Development and Environmental Studies (with a focus on International Development) at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic on June 28, 2018. Guests were interested in the work of the NGO sector, gender policy in the country, the legal status of IDPs, women’s rights and the socio-economic level in the country. The meeting was conducted in active Q/A mode.
Prof. orientation determination within the framework of the “Study-rehabilitation center” of FWE
On 27.06.2017, in social college “Iberia” within the framework of the “Study-rehabilitation center” of FWE, financed by Brot, was held a workshop on professional orientation courses. Brief information was made about the professions in the public college “Iberia”, the students were informed about the enrollment procedures, and practically examined the specialty studying rooms and talked to the teachers themselves. The participants of the workshop initially identified the desirable professions, but after reviewing the thematic issues, they changed their choices and made real decisions to get the secondary profession to be able to achieve social and economic independence in the future.
The project “step-by-step toward a better future” (# 675)-In Imereti region implemented by FWE The beneficiaries of the third cycle completed the learning process and received the assessment
Within the framework of the project “step-by-step toward a better future” (№675) in public collage “Iberia”, On 22 June, 2018 the beneficiaries were assessed by soc. worker, psychologist, vital skills trainers, lawyer of the FWE and profession trainers of the collage “Iberia”.
The Project Implementation Team prepared individual assessments of each beneficiary, defined the efficiency of the study process and expressed their views on its perfection;
19 beneficiaries of the third cycle completed 3th month courses, they were trained in the following specialties: Electrician, cook, car electric and computer graphic. The stylists group, with 6 members, will complete their study on 5th of July.
Within the framework of the project “Step-by-step toward a better future” WE announces “Material Support Program”
Within the framework of the project “Step-by-step toward a better future” FWE announces
“Material Support Program”.
The beneficiaries of the project who have received the certificate of the College “Iberia” and the services provided by the FWE can take part in the program.
We would like to ask you to participate in the information meeting, which will be held at the Integration Center of the FWE at: Kutaisi, Nikea st. #11, on 06 July 2018 at 14.00.
Project assistant – Natruli Nachkebia (+995 574 27 55 88)
Soc. worker – Maia Kamushadze (+995 591 91 92 24)
The informational meeting of the FWE in Imereti probation bureau
The informational meeting between project`s „step-by-step toward a better future“ implementer – FWE and Imereti probation bureau was held, within the framework of the project, on 19 June 2018. The meeting was attended by Valerian Matcharadze – probation bureau, soc. workers from bureau- Tamar Tchumburidze and Tinatin Tchelishvili, project coordinator from FWE – Meri Gelashvili, project soc. worker- Maia Kamushadze and project assistant- Natruli Natchkebia.
The following issues were discussed at the meeting: results of the 3 cycle of the project and challenges of the „material support program“. Within the framework of the project, stakeholders decided of the future cooperation.
The meeting with the Austrian trade union group took place on May 27, 2018 at the FWE office. The information received about the organization by the staff aroused great interest. Participants discussed plans for the future and, possible cooperation.
The Information meeting within the framework of the project #675 (“Step-by-Step toward a Better Future”) was held in the Vakisubani municipality of Kutaisi, on 18.05.2018.
The meeting was attended by Giorgi Mamasakhlisi – representatives of the Mayor’s office in Vakisubani municipality and representatives of the Gamgeoba.
The aim of the meeting was to provide information about the project by the FWE (project assistant- Naturuli Nachkebia, FWE staff member- Angela Chikhladze) and the assistance of the representatives of the Vakisubani municipality regarding the involvement of beneficiaries in this project.
Representatives of the Vakisubani municipality expressed readiness for cooperation.
Project #675 Meeting in Vani municipality
On May 16, 2018, an information meeting within the framework of the project #675 “Step-by-step toward a better future” was held in Vani self-governing municipality. The meeting was attended by representatives of Vani municipality heads and sakrebulo (22person).
The aim of the meeting was to provide information about the project by FWE (coordinator -Meri Gelashvili, project assistant- Natruli Nachkebia).
Vani municipality representatives expressed readiness to help in process of involving beneficiaries in the project and for future cooperation.