Reducing the prevalence of birth defects in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 28 June 2013 – Maka Vashakidze has two daughters. The toddler smiles shyly as she greets the group of visitors.
In Georgia, new emphasis on foster care and small group homes over large institutions
TBILISI, Georgia, 17 June 2013 – Giorgi, a 4-year-old bundle of energy, rushes to greet visitors and then buzzes around Irma Sanikidze’s home like a hummingbird. He plays with Ms. Sanikidze’s 5-year-old son Ilya, checks on the younger children – two 3-year-olds and an 18-month-old – and gazes curiously at the newest arrival, a tiny newborn who sleeps in Ms. Sanikidze’s arms.
Partnership opens new doors for preschoolers in rural Georgia
KHASHURI, Georgia, 4 September 2012 - The kindergarten in Tezeri village, in the Khashuri district of Georgia, may seem like any kindergarten, anywhere in the world. A dozen children, 3 to 5 years old, play with plastic building blocks, piece together puzzles and draw pictures. Encouraged by their teacher, some proudly recite traditional nursery tales.
New programmes improve care and support for children living with disabilities in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 24 July 2012 – Two-year-old Ioane Gelashvili is like any boy his age – full of energy, laughter and affection. He also happens to have Down's syndrome, a condition that, until recently, would have ensured his isolation and stigmatization.
Day care opens up the world for children with disabilites in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 17 July 2012 – It is play time at the First Step Georgia day care centre for children with disabilities. There, about a dozen children of different ages choose games or activities while teachers keep a watchful eye over them. Some race around on tricycles or wheelchairs, some play with toys, while others simply sit or lie silently, lost in their own thoughts.
In Georgia, a quiet revolution in pre-school education
KUTAISI, Georgia, 16 July 2012 – Kindergarten No. 17 in Kutaisi, Georgia's second-largest city, seems at first glance like a typical Soviet-era establishment: large, imposing and utilitarian, surrounded by run-down apartment blocks.
UNICEF-supported programme prepares Georgian students for potential disasters
TBLISI, Georgia, 12 October 2011 - In the little village of Mleta, students sat patiently at their desks, listening intently. At the sound of the megaphone blaring from the corridor outside their classroom, they stood up, formed a line and started moving towards the door in an orderly fashion.
Immunization campaign aims to keep Abkhazia region polio-free
ABKHAZIA, Georgia, 3 December 2010- UNICEF, the Abkhaz authorities and the European Union have left no stone unturned in their efforts to keep the region polio-free.
Reform of Georgia's juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation
TBILISI, Georgia, 13 May 2010 – On a warm day in early spring, groups of adolescent boys congregate outside a large, well-kept building. Some are playing football and table tennis, while others are chatting.
Country’s first centre for youth and children opens in post-conflict Georgia
GORI, Georgia, 18 December 2009 - On the edge of Gori, a small town in central Georgia still recovering from the conflict that erupted in the region in August 2008, there is a large building that until recently showed signs of dereliction and bombing.
Young Moldovan’s film addresses need for reform of institutional child care
CHISINAU, Moldova , 7 December 2009 – Tudor Culeanu, 15, looked on with pride while his short film, ‘The Moscow Train’, was presented to delegates attending a high-level Conference on Child Care System Reform in the Moldovan capital.
Child Development Centre in Tbilisi, Georgia aims to ensure every child’s right to health care
TBILISI, Georgia, 23 November 2009 – A fine mist swirled around four-year-old Mariam's face as she breathed through a clear rubber mask during her nebulizer treatment. An asthma sufferer, Mariam was being treated free of charge at the new Child Development Centre in Tbilisi.
Groundbreaking project transforms the lives of juvenile offenders in Georgia
KUTAISI, Georgia 9 November 2009 – The young people milling around the clean, bright halls of the special education centre in the city of Kutaisi in western Georgia greet visitors politely. They are part of a pilot programme for rehabilitating juveniles in conflict with the law.
Child-friendly spaces help conflict-affected children play and learn in Georgia
LAMISKANA, Georgia, 19 August 2009 – The village of Lamiskana lies a few hundred metres from disputed territory. People here live with an ever-present tension, and many children witnessed violence during last year's conflict.
Rebuilt water and sanitation systems help heal scars of conflict in Georgia
GORI, Georgia, 3 August 2009 – Tortiza Village School near Gori still bears the scars of the 2008 conflict in and around South Ossetia, Georgia. One of the main school buildings is blackened by fire and stands in ruins.
Early Childhood Development kits help conflict-affected children in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 15 July 2009 – In August 2008, an estimated 128,500 people were forced out of their homes by the fighting in and around South Ossetia, Georgia. Although the majority of them have since returned, an estimated 30,000 will not be able to go back in the foreseeable future.
Defending the rights of juvenile offenders in Georgia
RUSTAVI, Georgia, 26 June 2009 – Tornike Shubutidze darts around the city square in Rustavi with a small video camera looking for the best angles to film passersby.
Educating children about unexploded ordnance in post-conflict Georgia
KIRBALI, Georgia, 17 June 2009 – Life is gradually returning to normal for most children at the Kirbali Village School near Gori following last year's conflict which resulted large numbers of civilian casualties.
In Georgia, old schools find new ways to teach young children
TBILISI, Georgia, 9 June 2009 – At Kindergarten No. 31 in the city of Rustavi in Georgia, many teachers still conduct their classes using methods developed during the former Soviet era.
Educating children about unexploded ordnance through art and drama in Georgia
GORI, Georgia, 3 April 2009 – The risks of war don’t end when the last tanks and soldiers have vanished. For people in villages and cities affected by bombings, post-war danger can lurk in the most ordinary places. Remnants of explosives are scattered unseen in Georgian fields and along roads where children play.
A safe haven for displaced children in Georgia
SAKASHETI, Georgia, 30 March 2009—Tens of thousands of Georgians suffered temporary or permanent displacement as a result of the August 2008 conflict. Currently, estimates suggest that some 30,000 people – the majority originating from Abkhazia and South Ossetia – remain internally displaced. And approximately 12,000 of these displaced persons are children.
Conflict in Georgia: Thousands of children displaced and vulnerable
GENEVA, Switzerland, 19 August 2008 – Children of different ages played in the yard of a Tbilisi kindergarten. More than 24 hours had passed since they left the conflict zone around South Ossetia, and some of them were still afraid to enter the building.
Experimental apartment declared a successful alternative to orphanages
RUSTAVI, Georgia, 17 July 2007 - In a town that time seems to have forgotten, there is a building that hasn’t seen much care for years. But seven floors up, UNICEF helped renovate an apartment for an experiment that has already begun to change the lives of children in Georgia.
Education campaign raises avian influenza awareness in Georgia’s schools
TBILISI, Georgia, 3 May 2007 – Schoolchildren across the Republic of Georgia have undergone two days of lessons on avian influenza in a bid to raise awareness about the part they can play in protecting themselves and others against the virus.
Institutionalized children return home to family life in Georgia
TIANETI, Georgia, 19 April 2007 – Child welfare reform in Georgia could soon achieve a 40 per cent reduction in the number of institutionalized children around the country.
Youth radio airs peer-to-peer HIV/AIDS education in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 14 November 2006 – Despite a large global increase in HIV cases over the past decade, Georgia still has a low rate of HIV prevalence rate.
Breaking the cycle of child abandonment in Tbilisi, Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 13 October 2006 – Niko, 4, is proud of his twin brothers, David and Georgi – siblings he almost never had the chance to know. His mother, Maia, was thinking of abandoning her boys because she could not care for them. Fortunately, Maia found the support she needed at the Mother and Infants’ Shelter in Tbilisi.
Football offers Lela, 17, a chance to travel outside Georgia
NEW YORK, USA – For 17-year-old Lela, football is more than a game. It is a chance to overcome her impoverished background and find a better future.
New haven for street children in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 29 June 2005 - It's hard to believe, but just three years ago, young Lela Gabisonia was homeless and begging on the street, behaving aggressively, and barely able to communicate. Now ten years old, Lela is flourishing at a shelter for street children in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, called Sparrows. It's run by a local non-governmental organization (NGO), Child and Environment, with help from UNICEF.
Georgia: Juveniles are subjected to unfair imprisonment
TBILISI, GEORGIA, 10 June 2005 - Aleko Kamushadze stole an accordion and a drum from the basement of his school and now he's serving an 18-month sentence, much of it locked up with dangerous criminals including rapists and murderers.
Nationwide immunization success in Georgia
NEW YORK, 17 January 2005 – Since gaining independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, Georgia has been struggling to modernize. A decade of civil unrest and economic upheaval caused the public health system to collapse and the number of children immunized against preventable diseases dropped to just 30 per cent.