Digest: Dignified Life Until Return, Nο. 7 January/February 2013
NEW INITIATIVE OF THE MINISTRY – IDP RECEPTION DAYS
David Darakhvelidze, the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia has continued focusing on personal communication with IDPs and viewing IDPs reception days as an important feedback instrument. This problems. Once a week the reception hours are hosted by the Minister himself, the rest of the days are led by the deputy ministers. The reception days last from 14:00 to 19:00 throughout the week. The IDP population can get registered to reception days through the Hot Line. The Minister and his deputies have met over 4,000 IDPs up to this day.
As a result of the reception meetings, the problems of IDPs have been effectively addressed; Nona Bendeliani, has been IDP for 20 years and without stable accommodation. After leaving Abkhazia, she together with her son lived with their acquaintances. Their last shelter room served them as a kitchen, bathroom, and performed other functions too. Besides, according to Mrs. Nona, the ceiling was unable to prevent leaking of rain and they used to spend the whole winter in moisture. Through personal conversation with the minister, Ms Bendeliani’s problem! Tetritskaro. In a few days, the ministry representatives themselves took the lady and her family to Tetritskaro and over to her furniture and belongings for her new house.
Iza Kondjarni, an IDP from Abkhazia has been living in hardship for many years, unable to cover tuition fees for her child who faced suspension from studies in the high educational institutions in Tbilisi. This was a reason why Mrs. Iza applied to the minister with the kind request to help. The Ministry petitioned the relevant higher educational institution asking to allow admittance to the exams Ms. Kondjaria's daughter who later passed the exams successfully.