The volunteer will work in "Merkuri" Association which is a women organisation that deals with women’s rights, gender related issues, prevention of domestic violence and support of women - victims of domestic violence. The organisation works in West Georgia since 2007. From March 2018 "Merkuri" Association has run a shelter for women affected by Domestic violence; during COVID-19 pandemic, "Merkuri” Association’s everyday work with women affected by domestic violence showed that number of women with mental problem applied for help because domestic violence is permanently raising.
The socio-economic impact of this virus has been devastating, leaving so many women in sustained isolation, some having lost their jobs and feeling trapped with anxiety and fear—all while taking on an increasingly active role as care giver. The mental health and stress women are experiencing due to COVID-19 are very hard.
Main objectives for the volunteer are:
to support the staff of the organisation with the current case management;
to strength the capacity of the Hosting organisation and hosting community in MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial support);
to enhance the capacity of local professionals in MHPSS through trainings, workshops, meetings, exchanges of good practices.
Operational details & security context
The volunteer will live and work in Zugdidi – the biggest town in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region (West Georgia) and last town before the administrative boundary line which splits Tbilisi controlled territory and Self-Proclaimed Abkhazia. This geo-political circumstance has influence on social, economic and political life in the city and in the whole region. Zugdidi was affected during the civil wars in 1992-93. Around 80 000 internally displaced people (IDP, internal refuges) are still hosted in Samegrelo Region. Hard social and economic situation and post-conflict syndrome are reflecting in everyday life of the local and the internally displaced people.
The population of Samegrelo counts more then 350 000 people, while Zugdidi counts around 70 000 inhabitants.
Despite of the hard historical experience, nowadays Samegrelo region (and whole Georgia as well) is a secure place. Ongoing conflicts are "frozen" and the city is located in a demilitarised zone. The overall security situation on the ground has remained stable and calm.
The main risks for the volunteer are connected with road traffic, disaster, personal safety and security.
The volunteers will receive detailed information about Safety and Security challenges and ways of risks prevention during the Security Briefing and during the whole project.
Georgia has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. For a current count of cases confirmed and under supervision click
Main actions to prevent CVOVID-19 infection required by government:
- Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces.
- Keep washing your hands regularly
- Stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions.
- Covid-19 ‘green’ passes will come into force in Georgia starting December 1, obliging the public to present proof of vaccination, testing or recovery from Covid-19 when entering certain premises: Food facilities: cafes, restaurants, bars (both open and closed spaces), Cinemas, Theatres, Opera house, Museums, Concert halls, Entertainment centres, Casinos, the gambling business facilities, Spa centres, Gyms, Hotels, Mountain resorts.
The Government may announce additional, stricter regulations and prohibitions in the future depending on COVID-19 conditions throughout the country.
Entry rules for COVID-19 vaccinated visitors
Citizens of EU member countries, travelling from any country are able to enter Georgia, if they present the document confirming the full course (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson&Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia.
Entry rules for non-vaccinated visitors
Citizens and residence permit holders of EU member states may enter Georgia by air, land and sea under the conditions mentioned below:
• At the border checkpoint of Georgia they must present a PCR-examination certificate delivered in the last 72 hours prior to the travel to Georgia;
• On the 3rd day of their stay, they are obliged to undergo PCR-examination at their own expense;
• Before crossing the state border, they must complete the special application form, indicating the travel history of the last 14 days, contact details (address, phone number, email etc.) https://registration.gov.ge/pub/form/8_protocol_for_arrivals_in_georgia/...;