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March 11, 2021

Meet Ana Beriashvili, a psychology student at Tbilisi State University and an education activist in her hometown of Tsnori.

Back in 2018, Ana learned firsthand how community engagement can impact someone’s life. 

That year, she became the first student to receive an education grant from the Knowledge Café. At that time, the Knowledge Café was a new social enterprise just beginning to serve the people of Tsnori and the surrounding area. 

March 10, 2021

People of any age can change their communities for the better. Daria Shatirishvili, 62, and Tornike Kvachantiradze, 14, are a grandmother and grandson team fighting to protect the environment in their home village of Kviriketi in Guria.

When Daria and Tornike  noticed that quarrying activities were damaging local roads and water supplies, they snapped into action, mobilizing their neighbors to protest the excavation of stone, rubble, and other materials from nearby Bzhuzhi gorge.

March 9, 2021

Meet Khanipha Aphandieva, an entrepreneur, teacher, and civic activist from the village of Molaoghli in Marneuli municipality.

Khanipha is also a 25-year-old mother and an active participant  in the Mother’s School program, where she helps other mothers from her village learn Georgian language.

“A large portion of people from my village don’t know Georgian and can’t access essential services such as healthcare and banking. This was why I decided to teach Georgian to women and help them in whatever way I could,” - says Khanipha.

March 8, 2021

Nodar Tokhosashvili is a civic activist, farmer, and park ranger from the village of Vakisopeli in Ukanapshavi. To his friends and colleagues, he’s known as “Ecoboy”.

Nodar has always believed that Georgia’s mountainous regions had tremendous potential for growth. Since childhood he has tended livestock and kept a vegetable garden at his home in Vakisopeli. When he grew up, he came to see the village in a new light, with the need for development projects that could create opportunities for local residents.

March 5, 2021

Meet Nurlana Akhmedova – a police officer and advocate for women’s rights in Gardabani.

For for the past 13 years, Nurlana has worked as an inspector for the Gardabani administrative district. She is well known in Gardabani – a city with a majority ethnic Azerbaijani population. 

Nurlana spends a lot of her time working with youth, whom she educates about preventing domestic abuse, early marriage, and sexual assault. “For me, the most important thing is that no woman becomes a victim of abuse” – says Nurlana.

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Last updated: March 12, 2021

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