A round table was organized in the Gepra’s Competency Center within the framework of the campaign for supporting the beneficiaries who left the care system.
Natakhtari Company and the Coalition for Children and the Youth Welfare presented a joint program to the stakeholders. It is noteworthy that the public agencies, including the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Government’s Administration, took an active part in program development process.
The program consists of several important chapters, which represent a certain guide for municipalities to assist beneficiaries on their territories.
Results of joint work and recommendation packages were also addressed at the meeting so that local self-governments can support and empower the youth after leaving the state care system.
“We reviewed one of the parts of the program developed within the framework of the advocating campaign, which provides for support of the youth leaving the state care system. This is the document – the guide, by which we will allow the local municipalities, local governments to mobilize available resources to assist the youth who reached the age of 18 and therefore have to leave the system” – explained Nikoloz Khundzakishvili, the Corporate Director of Natakhtari.
„In cooperation with Natakhtari Company we developed a program for municipalities within the framework of advocating campaign, which is the guide how to assist the youth who left the state care system. It includes several components, e.g. providing accommodation, making utilities payments and assisting them with transport costs, especially those who are students and have to incur elementary transport costs and other needs, these costs can be financed by local municipalities,” – noted Ketevan Kalandadze, representative of the Coalition for Children and the Youth Welfare.
„In general, it is a very good program, however it requires elaboration. We will continue our cooperation with the Coalition to better identify the problems an make the program flexible, tailored to beneficiary needs, so that a real assistance is provided to those young people who really need it,” – said Nino Odisharia, Representative of the Ministry of Labor , Health and Social Affairs.
In the end the parties addressed importance of public and private sectors’ involvement. The Company Natakhtari is ready to support expansion of the program in the regions as well within its social responsibility framework. Government agencies welcome this initiative and are ready to provide recommendations to local self-governments on program implementation.
Members of the Coalition Board, representatives of Natakhtari Fund, Association- Our Home Georgia, Company Natakhtari and the Ministries of the Labor, Health and Social Affairs and Infrastructure also took part in the round table.
In the beginning of July the Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between Natakhtari Company and the Coalition for Children and the Youth welfare aimed at assisting the youth who left the state care system. Advocating campaign provided for cooperation with respective central and local government bodies and implementation of developed recommendations. Several meetings of stakeholders were organized within the campaign framework.