Develop the country’s agricultural economy and build local self-governance.
In many ways, Georgia is still trying to find its place in a post-Soviet world. The Rose Revolution of 2003 left a shaky civil society and an impoverished rural population.
- Economic opportunity: Helping small-scale livestock producers increase their bottom line
- Disaster preparedness: Building a durable agricultural sector more resilient to natural disasters
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Georgia: Orphaned girl in Georgia
I remember photographing her and her friends in an arts and crafts room at the orphanage. The whole place had a beautiful post-Soviet patina that is hard to find. It seemed as though the orphanage was built in the era of Tolstoy or Dostoevsky.
Georgia: Cash cows: On the ground with Georgia's dairy industry
My cab driver was yelling something that sounded like "khows, khows!" I hadn't the faintest idea what he was talking about until I saw the spotted figures in the distance and realized he was saying "cows."
Georgia: Uncertainty prevails
The number of displaced people in Gori's tent camp has swelled to more than 1,700 people. Thankfully, the flow of humanitarian supplies and other assistance is keeping pace with new arrivals.
Georgia: Behind the lines
Nearly a month after hostilities erupted that forced almost 160,000 people from their homes, thousands of Georgian families are still displaced. Most of them cannot return to their houses — or even their villages — because of the wreckage, military positions and ethnic tensions.
Georgia: Beyond Russian checkpoints
Today was the first time since the conflict that Mercy Corps staff entered the Georgian villages beyond the checkpoints of Russian peacekeeping soldiers.
Georgia: Tent camp population more than doubles
The catastrophic rise of displaced people is evident: now the population at Gori's tent camp has exceeded 1,400 people, more than double what it was just three days ago. Mercy Corps' emergency team continues to supply them with much-needed food and hygiene items.
Georgia: Life in Tent #16
The kindergartens and public schools of Gori town continue to fill up with dozens of displaced people from war-torn areas. Today, we provided hygiene supplies and food for six days to those taking refuge at all the kindergartens in the town, as well as the 625 people in the tent camp here.
Georgia: Shelter in a Kindergarten
After Russian troops left the city of Gori, internally displaced persons (IDPs) from across the conflict zone began streaming into town.
Georgia: What Would You Take With You?
Imagine having just a few minutes to gather belongings from your home. Armed men stand on your doorstep, making it clear that you can only take what you can carry — and your time is running out. What would you take?
Georgia: Relief for Georgia's Displaced Families
Brutal fighting has driven at least 158,000 Georgians from their homes. Mercy Corps is responding to the needs of Georgia's displaced people with distributions of food and critical supplies to hundreds of families around the cities of Tblisi and Gori.