International COVID-19 Grant

Grant Reaches Remote Women in Republic of Georgia

Women activists in Tbilisi connect United Methodist Women to the women and children who are most vulnerable in small villages.

Grant Reaches Remote Women in Republic of Georgia
Women activists in remote and war-weary regions receive humanitarian parcels for distribution and participate in an informational meeting.

In the village of Chorchana, near the police check point of South Ossetia, women have no career opportunities. Willing but unable to work, their lives are under constant threat. Their only source of income is selling flowers. Other challenges in this Georgian town is the inability to communicate with the wider world as the internet infrequently works. Children in schools lack basic necessities.

However, the women in this remote village have been energized to work with other local Georgian women’s organizations. In so doing, they have partnered with IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Women Association, also called Consent, which is a long-time partner with United Methodist Women on behalf of women and children in the region.

During the pandemic, United Methodist Women provided a small COVID-19 grant to Consent in Tbilisi. The goal: to provide education and humanitarian assistance to vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19 in dispersed regions. Regional coordinators from the women’s network, previously created as conflict regional coordinators, went to work. They distributed food parcels to remote regions, including the village of Chorchana.

The Work Continues

As the number of COVID patients rapidly increased in Georgia in the early fall, lockdowns persisted, however the women of Consent committed to continuing the food and hygiene distribution, as well increasing education during the fall and winter. In small, safe gatherings, women shared health updates and trained one another on best practices for maintaining health.

Informational meetings about COVID were conducted in the Kazreti day center for the elderly; hygienic equipment was given to 50 attendees of the center; and the staff was trained on how to work safely during the unprecedented conditions of a pandemic.

Humanitarian distribution and informal education continued in the villages of Gori, Kareli and Kaspi, also affected by the regional conflict. The current lockdowns put so many vulnerable people in such difficult conditions. Thanks to our women’s organizations formal and informal networks and our connection to United Methodist Women, we were able to protect and provide food and resources to our most marginalized people.

Iulia Kharashvili is the IDPWA Consent chairperson. 

Posted or updated: 3/12/2021 12:00:00 AM