On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, local civil society organisations in the Samegrelo region of Georgia organised an event to support people displaced by the conflict and to promote peace and dialogue between affected communities.
Women, children, small entrepreneurs and residents from surrounding communities gathered for a celebration at the Chemi Mordu Retirement Home in the village of Rukhi.
An exhibition featured handicrafts created by local children and artisans. Participants also worked with artists to decorate an old people’s home with a colourful mural on the theme of peace and social cohesion.
The event was organised by two NGOs supported by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the EU4Dialogue initiative – the women’s organisation ‘Hands for Peace’ and the ‘Charity Humanitarian Centre Abkhazeti’ (CHCA).
Both organisations help people affected by the conflict to rebuild their lives and find new ways to develop. ‘Hands for Peace’ trains young women in traditional and innovative crafts to help them create livelihoods. CHCA works to improve people’s security and provide decent living conditions for displaced people by improving the infrastructure in their places of residence.
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