Georgia Program Updates

Last updated: September 09, 2019

December 15, 2016

Two inspiring young Georgians - Akaki Saginadze from Kutaisi in Imereti region and Shalala Amirjanova from Marneuli in Kvemo Kartli region - were among five winners selected for the U.S. State Department’s “Open World Program 2016,” which offers exchange visits to the U.S. for young leaders from post-Soviet countries. Shalala and Akaki are the youngest participants in the exchange program since it started operating in Georgia, in 2005.

Giorgi Shavadze set up his first greenhouse in 2015 with USAID assistance.

The 2008 war with Russia dislocated people from their homes, tore apart families and neighbors, and ravaged the economy. Today, 20 percent of Georgia’s territory is under Russian occupation, and people living along the administrative boundary lines (ABLs) with South Ossetia and Abkhazia continue to face significant challenges.

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