The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is implementing a project to increase the availability of educational social services for children with disabilities in Georgia. The project includes creating three care centers located in Gori, Tbilisi and Kareli; as well as coordinating advanced training for the staff of these centers.
During the course of the project, ADRA Georgia will overhaul the premises of the existing institutions by providing new equipment and furniture to provide the necessary conditions for the proper care of the students. The total number of students in these centers is currently as follows: Tbilisi – 41 students, ages 6 to 18 years, with disabilities and intellectual disabilities; Kareli – 15 students, ages 6-18 years old, with disabilities and physical disabilities; Gori – 40 students, ages 0-7 years, with limited development and physical abilities.
Work has already begun on the creation and equipment of the new Daily Child Care Center in Kareli. The existing Child Care Center, which is supervised by the local non-governmental organization, Center for Development and Welfare, is the only institution of its kind in Karelia to care for children with disabilities. Unfortunately, the rented premises, in which the center is currently located, is too crowded for its 15 students.
To solve this problem, and create conditions for a larger number of students, local authorities donated a more spacious site of eight rooms, in which there is enough space for a large number of children. However, the allocated site is in very poor condition and requires major repairs and re-equipment, which will be completed as part of the project. The opening of a new center in the larger renovated space, will improve conditions for students, parents and employees; as well as allow an additional 17 students to be admitted ,bringing their total number to 32 by the end of 2019. The Center for Rehabilitation and Medical Assistance, a rehabilitation and treatment center for children with disabilities, will also be created in Tbilisi. It will be overseen by the local non-governmental organization “The Child and the Environment,” which currently oversees the care of 41 students. All of these students currently undergo rehabilitation, physiotherapy and psychological treatment in the Central Children’s Hospital in Iashvili.