The USAID/Zrda-supported project "Digitize Georgia" has been successfully completed.
Digital missionaries have been digitizing various tourist destinations across Georgia for 5 months and making contributions to Google Maps.
Throughout the project, the missionaries competed against each other in various categories. At the final event, the winners were given gifts such as a smartwatch, tablet, camera, laptop, phone and a trip to Tao-Klarjeti.
he winners of the project were awarded with special gifts provided by Zrda. We congratulate the Digital Ambassadors with the winners and wish them further success in the future!
USAID/Zrda, JSC Partnership Fund/Start-up Georgia Program cooperated and facilitated the investment in the target communities located along the Administrative Boundary Lines (ABLs) including “Kombucha Brewers Georgia” facility in ABL Karapila village!
“Kombucha Brewers Georgia” groundbreaking took place in summer of 2020 and today US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan together with Executive Director of the JSC Partnership Fund David Saganelidze, Director of Start-up Georgia Giorgi Lomidze and USAID/Zrda Activity Chief of Party Ketevan Tchumburidze officially open the facility.
Raw materials for the organic and healthy, naturally fizzy “Kombucha” will be sourced locally, and major sales market will be Georgia, however beneficiaries also target to reach export markets in future as the project expands.
Overall, during 2019-2021, in the framework of the partnership, JSC Partnership Fund Start-up Georgia Program and USAID Zrda Activity financed five projects with the total investment amount of over GEL 1, 500, 000.
Five USAID/Zrda supported regional vocational education and training (VET) institutions, Zugdidi State Teaching University, Kachreti VET “Aisi” (Akhmeta branch), Gori VET “Gantiadi”, Akhaltsikhe VET “Opizari”, and Kaspi VET College have successfully received full authorization for the Regional Tour Guide Short-Term Training Program from the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (NCEQE).
From now on the Colleges are ready to announce call for interested persons for the authorized training program starting in the fall of 2021!
Overall, Zrda has allocated funds in the amount of up to $70,000 to ensure smooth delivery of the Regional Tour Guide Short-Term Training Program by fully equipping the partner VET colleges with the required items and equipment to support the authorization process.
On September 4-12, Georgian Craft Association with the support from USAID/Zrda is hosting the Online Festival of Crafts Workshops aimed at documenting traditional knowledge of craftsmanship in Georgia to promote the sector and increase the visibility of best Georgian artisans among audiences worldwide!
At the festival you will be able to attend online master classes of pottery, embroidery, enamel, wool processing, weaving, carpet weaving, saddle making; listen to the stories of craftsmen and participate in online trainings and seminars.
In response to COVID 19 pandemic crisis, the crafts festival is being held online. Zrda helped the Association to quickly adapt to the changed business reality, and to this end, supported the development of 8 video stories of the artisans from the Zrda target regions. Overall, the event gathered well-known artisans from five different regions of Georgia, to highlight their workshops, master classes (including ceramics, woodcarving, stone carving, natural dies, carpet/rug weaving, felt making, jewelry, musical instrument making) as well as offered amazing stories, online meetings and webinars. Part of the festival content was shared through the Create Day
2021 platform as part of the London Craft Week, a new interactive platform showcasing twenty-four hours of non-stop human ingenuity, imagination, diversity and skills from around the globe. The following 3 off 8 videos highlighting Georgian craftsmanship were selected for broadcasting through the international craft platform – Traditional Georgian Musical Instrument Making, Bell-founding, Knifemaking, Ceramic Making.
The event had its own social media pages Craftsworkshopfestival Georgiancraftsassociation to broadly publicize the event.
On August 26, at 16:00 p.m USAID/Zrda organizes online training in Beekeeping conducted by project International Experts Scott Stanley and Nathan Weber. During the training the following survey results will be discussed: “The Bee Colonies Massive Collapse in Georgia”.
USAID/Zrda supports building resilience of the communities living along Administrative Boundary Line!
To this end the USAID/Zrda donated various much interesting and useful books to the tiny library located in the ABL Khurcha village, Zugdidi Municipality, Samegrelo region, that is a good gesture and nice present for the local population to benefit from it.
In the very beginning, the USAID/Zrda handed over the books to the Anaklia Education Hub, an educational facility that provided numerous trainings for all interested persons living in Samegrelo region during 2019-2020. After closing the abovementioned hub USAID/Zrda made every effort to find new home for all the books and donated them to Khurcha library.
“I’d like to express immense gratitude towards USAID/Zrda for giving us an opportunity to enrich our library with much valuable collection of books,” says Leila Esatia, Khurcha Library Head.