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January-February 2013

IN THIS ISSUE:

Interest-free loans were issued to 53 additional beneficiaries In January and February 2013, 53 benefici-

Meeting between CHCA representatives and the Mayor of Poti City

aries were issued interest-free loans amounting to 50.760 GEL in the framework of the pro-

The Governor of Shida Kartli Mr. Andro Barnovi paid a visit to CHCA Gori office

ject “Income Generation and Business Support Initiative”. In the scope of this loan cycle 96

IDP youth against unemployment

loan applications were received in total and out of them 81 beneficiaries were selected to

CHCA has been implementing a new project since January

attend business trainings foreseen within the framework of the project. During the training, participants were familiarized with topics such as: business management, effective management of loan, preparing business proposals, etc. At the end of the training each participant presented a business plan and the authors of

IDPs were delivered a training on the topic of “legal aspects for establishing Homeowners’/Tenants’ Associations” Maintenance teams are successfully carrying out the maintenance of the common property EVS Coordinators paid a visit to CHCA Tbilisi and Zugdidi offices

the most viable business proposals – 53 beneficiaries in total – were issued interest-free

CHCA is hosting a new EVS volunteer

loans after the decision of the Loan Committee.

CHCA at the working meeting organized by the Small Group Homes Association

At present loan recipients are already successfully running their business activities and they earn stable income.

CHCA participated in the meeting for charity organizations in Batumi Ms. Roza has already had a colony of bees for

sion Director, Mr. Roy Plucknett, and other

four years and she proceeded with the repro-

USAID representatives observed the implemen-

duction of the bee families seasonally. When

tation process of the projects being conducted

she heard about the CHCA’s project “Income

within the framework of the USAID NEO pro-

Ms. Roza Abdelani is from Sokhumi and

Generation and Business Support Initiative”

gram on spot. The event consisted in visiting

lives today in Kutaisi together with her hus-

Ms. Roza decided to apply to the organization

the beneficiaries of the CHCA’s “Income Gen-

band and 3 children. The family decided to

with the aim of receiving an interest-free loan.

eration and Business Support Initiative” project

start their own business activity of honey pro-

After attending the business training, Ms. Roza

in Karaleti IDP Settlement. USAID representa-

duction as nobody was employed in the family.

was issued an interest-free loan of the amount

tives visited the beneficiaries being issued in-

of 1800 GEL after the decision of the Loan

terest-free loans under this project, observed

Committee. With this financial help, she pur-

their income generation activities and were in-

chased new colonies of bees and expanded her

troduced to the problems they encountered

business activity which is the only income of

while running the business activities as well as

the family.

their achievements.

CHCA continues to support income generation activities among IDPs and other vulnerable populations

USAID representatives visited CHCA’s Income Generation project loan recipients On February the 27th the USAID Deputy Mis-

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Meeting between CHCA representatives and the Mayor of Poti City On February the 27 th CHCA representatives met with the Mayor of Poti City, Mr. David Sarsania. The meeting aimed at exchanging information and discussing the possibilities for future collaboration. CHCA thanked the Mayor for his active involvement in the ongoing project “Youth Civic Partnership Initiative” and introduced him to the organization’s interests regarding the new IDP settlement in Poti. Mr. David Sarsania in turn introduced CHCA representatives to the Poti City Hall’s future plans towards the

With the aim of solving the mentioned problem the project’s working group members delivered training sessions on career planning to the pupils of Poti public schools #4, #6 and #11. The training familiarized the participants with topics such as: CV writing, presentation skills and communication. Great interest was expressed towards this activity by the adolescents that resulted in the extension of this element throughout other schools as well. The event was attended by the guests from Tbilisi: The Project Manager and CHCA EVS volunteer. At the end of the training, all the participants were awarded with certificates .

youth development as well as the infrastructural development of the new settlement. In their conclusions, the participants emphasized the importance and the necessity of future cooperation and

CHCA has been implementing a new project since January

agreed to hold these kinds of meetings permanently.

The Governor of Shida Kartli Mr. Andro Barnovi paid a visit to CHCA Gori office On February the 14 th the Governor of Shida Kartli, Mr. Andro Barnovi, paid a visit to CHCA Gori office. CHCA Acting Executive Director and CHCA Gori office Manager introduced the Governor to CHCA’s mission, main activities

Since January 2013 CHCA is implementing the project “Developing and Maintaining Homeowners’ and Tenants’ Associations for Internally Displaced Persons” in the framework of the USAID NEO program which is the continuation of the last year’s project of the same name. This year the project covers an even wider geographical area: Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Imereti and Samegrelo. The main aim of the project is to establish Homeowners’ (HOA) and Tenants’ Associations (TA) and the maintenance teams for ensuring the proper maintenance of the common property.

and its ongoing projects. Mr. Andro Barnovi in turn presented his

Throughout the implementation of the project 28 HOAs

own vision for the region's development and spoke about the im-

will be established in IDP collective centers and 9 TAs in

portance and the necessity of implementation of long-term pro-

IDP cottage type settlements; in total 1800 IDPs will be in-

jects.

volved in that HOA/TAs. The members of the associations will be trained in sustainable housing and infrastructure

IDP youth against unemployment

maintenance in order to provide them with the required skills and knowledge. In the scope of the project, trainings

On February the 27 th CHCA project beneficiaries gave presenta-

will also be delivered to 20 government officials in housing

tions on the topic of unemployment and the ways for supporting

services. By the end of the project, HOA/TAs will prepare

employment processes in the new IDP settlement in Poti City. The

business proposals with the help of CHCA with the aim of

research carried out by them revealed that 80% of IDPs and local

acquiring further financing and developing their own in-

populations are unemployed and the main reason for this is the

come generation activities.

lack of jobs. The absence of appropriate skills and information among job-seekers was also revealed to be one of the main reasons preventing employment.

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IDPs were delivered a training on the topic of “legal aspects for establishing Homeowners’/Tenants’ Associations” Since February CHCA began to deliver trainings to the target IDP communities on the topic of “legal aspects for establishing

Homeowners’/

Tenants’ Associations” in the framework of the project “Developing and Maintaining Homeowners’ and Tenants’ Associations”. Until today 16 train-

in Rustavi collective centre on Tbilisi str. #28 has built

a rain

cover in front of the building protecting it from the rain water after

receiving

profes-

sional toolkits. They have also installed water and gas heaters. One of the main

problems

of

the

mentioned collective centre was the lack of individual water meters. The chairman of the association applied to the Rustavi Municipality to solve this problem.

ings were organized in Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Imereti

The feedback was positive and individual meters were in-

and Samegrelo IDP collective centers and settlements and were

stalled for each family. One other problem of the association is

attended by 419 participants in total. The participants are intro-

the basement of the building, which is full of water and re-

duced with the important issues such as: the essence and pur-

quires cleaning up and a drainage installation. For this specific

pose of the association, its advantages and the legal aspects for

purpose the association will collect a certain amount of money

its establishment and operation.

from the residents of the building and the chairman of the asso-

As a result of the training, IDPs will be provided with all the necessary skills for establishing the HOA/TAs ensuring the proper maintenance of the common property afterwards. It should also be emphasized that during the training, participants revealed the problematic issues on which the associations will

ciation will also apply to the Rustavi Municipality for further financial assistance. The maintenance team is also actively negotiating with one of the construction companies to employ it on one of the construction sites. 10% of the income gained will go into the associations’ reserve fund.

work in the future. In total 60 trainings will be organized in the framework of the project.

EVS Coordinators paid a visit to CHCA Tbilisi and Zugdidi offices On February the 22 nd and 23 rd a group of EVS coordinators

Maintenance teams are successfully carrying out the maintenance of the common property

paid a visit to CHCA Zugdidi and Tbilisi offices as part of a study visit called “EVS Argonauts” organized by SALTO EECA Resource Centre for EVS coordinators to Armenia and Georgia.

The maintenance teams established within the framework of the project – “Developing and Maintaining Homeowners’ and Tenants’ Associations for Internally Displaced Persons” – are successfully carrying out the maintenance of the common property and the results of their work is already evident. The Homeowners

Association “Hope for the Future” established

The visitors were introduced to CHCA’s ongoing activities and the working environment of the EVS volunteer; got interested in the organization’s current and already implemented projects and discussed the ways for future cooperation and the possibilities of implementing joint projects.

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presented at the meeting, and were discussed afterwards by

CHCA is hosting a new EVS volunteer

the participants. On January the 5 th a new

EVS

Anita

volunteer, van

den

Brandhof, arrived in

The representatives of the service providers, international organizations, the Social Agency of the Ministry of Labour Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and psychologists

at-

tended the meeting .

Georgia. She will be working

at

CHCA

Tbilisi office and will stay in Georgia until

CHCA participated in the meeting for charity organizations in Batumi

June. On February the 14 th, the meeting for charity organizations Anita is from the

organized by the Civil Society Institute and the East-West

Netherlands and after

Management Institute was held in Batumi at the Democratic

graduating from the

Engagement Center. CHCA actively participated in it.

University of Amsterdam she has chosen to come to Georgia to gain professional experience and get familiairized with the

The meeting aimed at discussing the legislative gaps that

Georgian culture and traditions. Anita is already actively

prevent the functioning of the charity organizations and that

involved in the organization's activities. While working on

in general prevent charity development in Georgia. These

fundraising and reporting issues, Anita is also actively

types of meetings will be held in the future as well for the

participating in field visits observing the projects’ ongoing

joint discussion on the mentioned problematic issues and for

activities on the spot. Anita is especially interested in the

finding the best solutions .

socio-economic living conditions of IDPs and hopes to make a useful contribution to the work of CHCA.

CHCA at the working meeting organized by the Small Group Homes Association CHCA participated in a working meeting organized by the “Small Group Homes Association” at the Ambassador Hotel. The results of the research carried out in Small Group Homes to identify the existing needs and requirements were

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CHCA Newsletter January-February 2013 Eng  

CHCA Newsletter January-February 2013 Eng

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