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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.

March 4, 2021

Meet Toma Kakabadze from Batumi – a psychology student, civic activist and defender of rights of people with disabilities.

Toma is the founder and chairperson of Changes for Equal Rights and coordinator of the      Adjara Center, both local non-governmental organizations that support persons with disabilities.      

Toma strives to create an environment where persons with disabilities can feel fulfilled and integrated within society. Toma believes that the opportunity to live independently is a basic need that all of us have, including persons with disabilities. 

March 3, 2021

Nino Gudadze, Mariam Eziashvili, and Nato Parkosadze are in their second year of high school in the village of Koreli in Imereti.

They are also active participants in the school civics club supported by “Momavlis Taoba” (“Future Generation”), a nationwide civics education program funded by USAID. 

In addition to learning about civics in the classroom, they carry out their own civic activities in the community, including helping their neighbors get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last updated: March 12, 2021

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