A brighter future for young Georgians
More than 10% of Georgia’s population are disabled – the majority without the possibility of enjoying the same rights as the rest of the population. Disabled children continue to be marginalised and are likely to experience a life of isolation from society.
Since 2001, Georgia has implemented a programme to close down all state orphanages and either reunite children with their biological parents or place them in foster care – however at this point disabled children have been excluded from this reform.
What we are doing
Ecologia is working in partnership with Braveheart Georgia – a registered Georgian charity that works with disadvantaged and disabled children through the vehicle of music, encouraging cross-cultural exchanges with children from Temi, a community for socially vulnerable children in Georgia and Thornlie Primary School in Wishaw, a deprived area in Glasgow. We also support Dato a young disabled Georgian boy who was abandoned by his parents and who has now been adopted by a Scottish family. Our work in the High Caucasus Mountains continues to support disabled children in remote mountain villages and enables them to reach their potential.
What we have achieved
- We supported a cross-cultural exchange between Thornlie Primary School in Glasgow, and the Temi Community in Georgia, in 2010.
- With our help, Dato received life-saving medical treatment in Scotland and became an example of hope for disabled people in Georgia.