Tsitsagiaantkari village, Gori Municipality, Shida Kartli, Georgia - Monday, June 14, 2021, at 13:00 p.m – 14:00 p.m, Kelly C. Degnan, US Ambassador to Georgia joined OSCE Secretary General, Helga Maria Schmid, Minister ofthe Reconciliation and Civil Equality Tea Akhvlediani, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Mzia Giorgobiani, Shida Kartli Governor, Valerian Mchedlidze and Gori Mayor, Konstantine Tavzarashvili to open the newly rehabilitated potable water supply system in the ABL Tsitsagiaantkari village, the activity designed to showcase continuous support the US is providing to improve the livelihoods of highly vulnerable communities along the ABL.
Today marked the conclusion of yet another USAID/Zrda, OSCE and Gori Municipality-led initiative to improve community infrastructure and enhance livelihoods in the community along the Administrative Boundary Line with the occupied territory of South Ossetia (Samachablo).
Since 2017, Zrda has been working with 17 target municipalities of six regions of Georgia as well as with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia to support economic infrastructure and disaster mitigation activities by developing infrastructure design packages for selected priority municipal projects, while the municipalities have committed to implementing the full scope of infrastructure rehabilitation works. In addition, Zrda partners with other donor organizations to improve community infrastructure and enhance livelihoods in the communities across Administrative Boundary Lines (ABL). Zrda developed and handed over 27 full project design packages to the municipalities including 10 in Shida Kartli region. In particular, Zrda and local government partnered with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to jointly implement two infrastructure rehabilitation projects in Shida Kartli - the rehabilitation of the kindergarten in the ABL Kveshi village, and the installation of the potable water supply system in the ABL Tsitsagiaantkari village leveraging over EUR 120,000 for both projects. Back in November 2018 USAID/Zrda and Gori Municipality signed MoU to develop the full project design package for the potable water supply system (with capacity of 50 tons) rehabilitation in the ABL Tsitsagiaantkari village. Zrda partnered with the design company “Adjarkampmsheni”, which prepared the full project design package for further implementation by May 2019. The cost of the project design package totaled GEL 16, 539, 98. USAID/Zrda and local government partnered with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and jointly implement the potable water supply system installation in the ABL Tsitsagiaantkari village leveraging over EUR 90, 074 grant from the Republic of Italy. As for the Gori Municipality contribution, GEL 24, 000 was spent for the project finalization. The installation of the potable water supply system in the ABL Tsitsagiaantkari village launched in September 2020, finished in May 2021 and the overall amount for the full project implementation totaled GEL 358, 844. From now on through this assistance, 144 households will have access to clean drinking water in Tsitsagiaantkari, as a result of which the life quality, the social and health conditions of the locals, as well as other visitors will improve and cease an active migration process from the village.
Overall, Zrda developed and handed over 27 full project design packages to the municipalities. To-date, through support from Zrda, fifteen infrastructure projects have been completed and have benefited over 3,610 households with a municipal contribution of approximately USD 2,5 million invested in the full scope of infrastructure rehabilitation works.