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For almost two month now every Thursday at four o’clock a group of 10-15 people meets in Fund Sukhumi’s head office in Kutaisi. They are a mixed group of people, ages ranging from 12 to 22, both girls and boys. They slip in through the door secretly, stay for an hour and leave as quietly as they came. Their visit to the office would pass unnoticed weren’t it for the laughter that can sometimes be heard through the walls in the other rooms. Who are they and what are they plotting on? Well, without making it more complicated than it is, they are English Learners attending Fund Sukhumi’s new German volunteers Speaking Club Ellen Shroeder..

A Speaking Club, that’s right! People who already have some English skills come and meet to play games, to watch films, to simulate interviews and to debate on a topic that changes every week. Those topics are pretty diverse – we talk about foods, traditions, work, children’s needs or national holidays and learn from each other’s different cultural backgrounds. And by and round we also just have fun.

The Speaking Club will be going on for another month and we’ll see what will be coming afterwards. Probably we’ll go in for another round – feel free to join! 

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Representatives of Fund "Sukhumi" attended the meeting of Batumi City Council on December 27, where the local 2014 budget was adopted.

The budget amounts to GEL 99,7 million, which is much less than the sum of the previous year, so priorities were defined during discussions.

According to the City Council members, one third will go to infrastructure projects. 25% will be made available for education, culture and rehabilitation of recreation facilities.

Discrepancy was caused by the project of "cheap house" (the project of privileged housebuilding). It was agreed that in the near future the project criteria will be defined in detail.

Priority was given to health care and social programs. The salary of kindergartens’ staff will be increased (up to 80-100 GEL for 1,000 employees). There is defined cooperation with non-governmental organizations and their support.

Despite the fact that the budget has not been evaluated in terms of gender indicators, it can, in case of the political will, take into account the needs of different groups. The proof of this is the fact that at the meeting a large Gogitidzes’ family was given a good Christmas gift - an apartment key.


The project is implemented with the financial support

of the U.S. Embassy in Georgia

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