Together, Counterpart International and fellow Department of State grantees, Hellenicare, ACTS and UMCOR were able to provide much needed humanitarian assistance to the Dzegvi village of Georgia. The day-long event, held on March 1, 2011, was coordinated by a local NGO, “Adamiani,” the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region Governor’s Office and Hellenicare to celebrate the various distributions.

“Overall, this joint effort highlights the great potential of collaboration among players in the humanitarian assistance arena.By working together, we have been able to bring better and more comprehensive relief to the people of this region,” noted Rang Hee Kim, Director of Humanitarian Assistance, Counterpart International.

Counterpart’s Country Program Director in Georgia, Irakli Saralidze, and Project Manager, Irakli Torua, worked together with the Dzegvi Orphanage to distribute nearly 60 pairs of boots to the children. The children were excited to receive the boots as replacements for their shoes, which were not only torn and damaged, but also inappropriate for such cold weather.

To complement Counterpart’s distribution of new shoes, several Department of State grantees also working in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region of Georgia were able to provide valuable humanitarian assistance as well: UMCOR donated school kits; Hellenicare and ACTS distributed medical supplies to the Dzegvi Catharsis Elderly House; Hellenicare provided free medical examinations to the residents as well; ACTS and local pharmaceutical companies, “AVERSI Charitable Foundation”, “PSP-Richter” and LTD “IVER-MED”, donated medical equipment and supplies to the Dzegvi St. George’s Rehabilitation Centerand to the elderly house; and the charitable arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Charities, has committed to donate a washing machine, gas stove and dishes for the elderly house.

Givi Maisuradze, representative of the Deputy Governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region of Georgia, expressed his gratitude to the donors for the needed provision of humanitarian aid.  The event was highlighted by Georgian TV channels, Rustavi2, Imedi, I Channel, and a Georgian newspaper, “The Mtskheta.”

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