PROMOTING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM REFORM
Organization For Better Future, together with the EU and N.(N).L.E. „THE GEORGIAN CENTER FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL AND MEDICAL REHABILITATION OF TORTURE VICTIMS – GCRT“ is implementing project: Promoting the Implementation of Juvenile Justice System Reform.
Project includes cognitive and practical activities, that promotes the implementation of juvenile justice system reform. The project will have a positive impact in the region regarding initiating important changes of crime prevention.
IDP YOUTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CLUBS
Through the Democracy Commission Small Grant Program, For Better Future continued work with youth leaders and established IDP Youth Community Engagement Clubs in 3 IDP settlements in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region and gave identified potential leaders chance to become assists to their community. For Better Future equipped spaces in each settlement with all the necessary equipment and internet, trained youth in different actual topics and gave them knowledge to take part in their community development.
TSEROVANI YOUTH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
In 2014, For Better Future received funding through the Peace Corps Small Assistance Program to develop and host a professional development training program for youth.
Participants attended a series of five training sessions to build their professional skills, including CV writing and interview practice. They were then placed with local businesses, organizations, and governmental agencies for 3 month internships. The combination of skills building and practical experience, proved very beneficial to the youth.
Several participants have continued working with their internship host. The training program will be offered for a second time in 2015.
ERASMUS MUNDUS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
For Better Future supports youth education opportunities by working with the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship program in the Tserovani IDP settlement.
Informational sessions are held every year, along with workshops CV and Motivational Letter writing. Based on the recommendation from our organization, twelve IDP youth have been accepted to international degree programs in Poland and Romania since 2013.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR REFUGEES
In 2012, For Better Future implemented the “Professional Development Training Program for Refugees” specifically targeting women.
The project supported women‟s role in community by increasing their professional development and independence. The IDP women who participated in the project attended courses in computer skills, accounting and hairdressing.
At the end of the course, participants were given certificates. A total of 120 IDP women took part in the project.
CLUB OF WOMEN LEADERS
In 2010, For Better Future implemented a project funded by TASO for women leaders in the Tserovani IDP settlement.
The goal of the “Club of Women Leaders” was to encourage internally displaced women to take part in civil affairs. Ten women participated in this project by attending trainings, seminars and working meetings. The participants were trained in fundraising, as well as civil education.
Within the project a meeting was held with Mrs. Iulia Kharashvili, the head of IDP women association “Consent.”
Due to For Better Future‟s networking and advocacy work on behalf of IDPs from the Akhalgori region, the organization was approached by the Georgian government to collect official statements from all IDPs who are eligible to cross the ABL but who do not have the proper paperwork (Form #9).
Over the course of 2 months, IDPs from throughout the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region visited For Better Future‟s office to record their statements. The organization‟s volunteers assisted in the recording process for 850 individual statements of the people who have the “right of return” for Akhalgori, but cannot get Form #9.
Within this project, individual statements by the IDPs were sent to the Geneva Peace Talks in 2014.
THE PROBLEMS OF AKHALGORI DISTRICT: INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE AND THEIR FUTURE
In August 2013, with the support of the NGO “Trust in Development” and the Embassy of Lithuania in Georgia, For Better Future held a conference on the issues in the Akhalgori region in South Ossetia, for both current residents and IDPs.
Conference speakers included representatives from Akhalgori's government in exile, Tbilisi State University, and the EUMM. Akhalgori‟s administrative border problems, the current political situation, and security issues were discussed during the event. They also talked about IDPs‟ social and economical conditions, as well as the problems for residents still living in Akhalgori.
Following the presentations, attendees from the Akhalgori IDP community formed working groups to draft a letter of appeal to the Georgian government and the international community. This letter of appeal has been shared with international organizations and local nongovernmental organizations.
LEIDEN APPEAL LETTER
In July 2010, at the meeting taken place in Leiden, Netherlands, the participants developed a joint letter of appeal to the participants of Geneva discussion and appealed them to solving humanitarian problems people faced there.
The members of forum appealed to the participants of Geneva discussion:
“Promote the incidents prevention without any preconditions and develop an agreement about the cooperation on humanitarian issues.”
GEORGIAN-OSSETIAN CIVIL FORUM
Since 2009, our organization has been involved in the community-level Georgian-Ossetian negotiation process through the Georgian-Ossetian Civil Forum meetings. These meetings are held periodically in a neutral, third party country and discuss peacebuilding through conflict prevention and resolution.
- June 2010 (Leiden, the Netherlands)
- November 2010 (Istanbul, Turkey)
- April 2012 (Yerevan, Armenia)
BETTER LIVELIHOODS TODAY FOR A STRONGER GENERATION TOMORROW
In collaboration with CHCA (Charity Humanitarian Center Apkhazeti), For Better Future implemented the project: “Better Livelihoods Today for a Stronger Generation Tomorrow”. The main goal of the project was to improve the livelihood conditions for the Ossetian and Georgian population living in Akhalgori Region. 6 big and 14 small businesses were supported (funded) through the project.