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Georgia: Young people from IDP settlements learn new skills and receive small grants through a UNICEF and IRC supported project

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Shavshvebi settlement, Georgia, December 23, 2009. Young people from the Shavshvebi settlement and the Shavshvebi village will plant trees in the area surrounding the settlement as a demonstration of their active participation into the lives of their communities. The event is organized by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) within the framework of the UNICEF supported project "Youth Initiatives".

This Tree-planting event is just one of the various activities carried out within the project, which is being implemented in eight new settlements of Gori, Kareli and Kaspi districts of Georgia, and is supporting more than 500 young people aged twelve and above from the settlements and neighboring villages.

Thanks to the project young people have been engaged in different sport activities to promote a healthy life style, including the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse.

Young people from the settlements also participated in different community initiatives that helped them gain new skills and experience. The children feel very positive about the project and think that it is extremely important for their development.

"Anything we do that helps children and youth of Georgia to understand themselves and their world better, and shows them that they can make a difference is a good project. This is one of these good projects. Thanks to UNICEF, these kids have a better chance to do well in life."- notes M Peter Leifert, the Country Director of the International Rescue Committee in Georgia.

Within the project young people have also acquired skills for proposal writing. Youth were challenged to conceptualize a business proposal, develop the concept more fully, and consider timelines and costs. The exercise helps young people prepare for challenges and opportunities in their adult life. The young people who have submitted the best business proposals will be awarded with small grants to put their plans in action.

"For UNICEF it is extremely important to provide young people with skills and knowledge they require to become a positive force within their communities", said Roeland Monasch, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. "We are glad that as a result of this project 500 young people in conflict affected areas are now more capable to realize their potential as they are equipped with new knowledge and skills."

For more information, please, contact:

Natia Gorgadze, IRC program officer
Natia.Gorgadze@georgia.theIRC.org
Tel: +99532 227 068, mobile. 891 192 997