Seven hundred homeless children will receive support from a newly launched EU-funded project addressing the needs of vulnerable children and ensuring the enforcement of international child rights in Georgia, according to a press release from the EU Delegation in Tbilisi.
The project, ‘Reaching Vulnerable Children in Georgia’, will provide the services and establish the mechanisms helping to identify children living and working in the streets of Tbilisi (during the first year cycle) and Batumi or Kutaisi (during its second year), offering them immediate support and protection.
During the two years, it aims to employ four mobile teams of social workers, psychologists, teachers and peer educators to assess the case of every child and open four day-care centres offering specific services, such as life skills, psychological support, medical support, informal education and entertainment-education, as well as three 24-hour Transition Centres to help children to adapt to life off the street.
With €750,000 contribution on behalf of the EU, the project is led by the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs in Georgia and is carried out in partnership with UNICEF.
In Georgia, 77,000 Children live below the extreme poverty line of GEL 2 per day. Violence in a family, drug abuse or alcoholism and family disfunctionality are among other contributing factors to starting life on the street. (EU Neighbourhood Info)