Rapid Response Grants in Support of Ukrainian Refugees in Georgia
Since the onset of the war in Ukraine, the people of Georgia have demonstrated their unwavering solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Support has manifested in large-scale demonstrations, humanitarian aid collection, and other initiatives. Despite this useful support, the shifting needs of navigating life in a new country require coordinated and responsive efforts.
This is what a solidarity event held on April 2nd in Tbilisi aimed to provide for Ukrainians in Georgia. The event, which was organized by Orbeliani Georgia with support from the USAID Civil Society Engagement Program, brought together civil society representatives, businesses, and artists to reaffirm their support and commitment to the Ukrainian people.
Over 400 Ukrainians attended the fair, where they were offered information on the various services available to them, including employment and educational opportunities. They also received consultations on legal, logistical, and medical issues they have encountered while in Georgia. Around 50 CSOs, businesses and educational institutions were represented at the fair.
After the event, an online crowdfunding campaign was launched which collected GEL 21,900. This money will be spent to meet the needs of Ukrainians in Georgia.
For those unable to attend the event, the information on assistance and opportunities for Ukrainians living in Georgia has been collected and consolidated on a Facebook group and the information page dopomoga.ge which is also supported by the USAID Civil Society Engagement Program. The page brings together verified resources on a number of topics, including medical services, legal assistance, accommodation, education, psychological services, and employment opportunities. Its associated Facebook group, which already boasts membership of more than 4,500 people, aims to serve as forum for Ukrainian citizens to communicate their specific needs and receive assistance.