Donors and Partners
Caritas Czech Republic has a long-term cooperation with a number of important donors. Because of this, we can implement humanitarian and development programs in the chosen countries. Which organizations are involved and how do they participate in our projects?
Czech Development Agency
One of our main donors is the Czech Development Agency (CzechAid), with which we have been cooperating for many years to address the needs in health and social sectors and in agriculture and rural development.
Specifically, in the partnership with CzechAid, we are improving Georgia´s primary healthcare system, supporting children’s long-term and palliative care services, building capacity and providing quality services for children with autism spectrum disorder, increasing the accessibility to national cancer screening programs in western Georgia, and developing the adult alternative social services in Georgia.
In the agriculture and rural development sector, the implemented measures contribute to increasing population´s quality of life in mountainous regions through supporting agricultural and other income-generating activities.
In total, Caritas Czech Republic has already implemented more than twenty projects financed by CzechAid.
Caritas Czech Republic and UNICEF have been cooperating in the improvement of maternal and child health components of Georgia´s primary healthcare system and in ensuring the continuity of maternal and child health services during the Covid-19 pandemic. In both projects, the partners are using online and IT technologies to capacitate primary healthcare providers and to assure quality services for mothers and children.
The essential part of Czech Caritas cooperation with UNICEF is the development of clinical pathways for virtual child health-oriented visits and the integration of child health and development-related data into real-time electronic Management Information System, which is a mainstreaming tool being developed by Caritas Czech Republic for strengthening the primary healthcare in Georgia.
Czech-UNDP Partnership for SDGs
Czech-UNDP Partnership for SDGs is another donor that funds Caritas Czech Republic´s interventions in Georgia.
Through the financial support from the Czech-UNDP Partnership for SDGs, we are implementing the project Behavioral Insights for Low Uptake of HIV Testing in Georgia. Based on the Czech experience, the project aims to accumulate resources for evidence-based policy making related to HIV testing and handed-over it to National Center for Disease Control & Public Health, Georgia (NCDC); increase capacity of health professionals to provide stigma-free counseling on HIV self-testing; create and test messages with the potential to increase awareness and motivation of people to conduct HIV self-testing.
In 2020, Caritas Czech Republic started its cooperation with SlovakAid. Together, we have been working in the waste management sector as well as in the mitigation of Covid-19 impact.
To improve the quality of life and health of the population, SlovakAid assists mountainous municipalities in Georgia to develop their waste management infrastructure in line with local waste management plan and other national legal requirements. With Slovak funding, Czech Caritas procured garbage trucks and containers for Dusheti Municipality and for Oni Municipality, in which we have provided also capacity-building trainings and awareness-raising campaigns.
In Racha mountains, SlovakAid supports our intervention to strengthen the local population to cope with the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic through material and technical support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and socially vulnerable families.
The United Nations Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Multi-Partner Trust Fund
UNFPA Georgia country office in collaboration with Caritas Czech Republic with the financial support of the UNPRPD Multi-Partner Trust Fund carries out the project that will support the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) under the Joint Programme “Leave No One Behind — from Policy and Principles to Practice in Disability-Inclusive Development in Georgia”. The main aim of the UNFPA and Caritas Czech Republic joint activities is to lay foundation for equitable and inclusive access to high-quality, and gender-sensitive healthcare services for PwDs, delivered in accordance international human rights standards.
Israel´s Agency for International Development Cooperation contributed with material donations to two Czech Caritas´ ongoing projects. For Zugdidi Cancer Screening Center, MASHAV bought medical material and for inclusive kindergarten in Tbilisi, MASHAV donated toys and other materials, with which kids with autism spectrum disorder can play.
International Visegrad Fund
Together with International Visegrad Fund (IVF), Caritas Czech Republic has been supporting Georgian health care system to provide quality medical service during Covid-19 pandemic. One-year project is financed by IVF Solidarity Programme, which is supported by not only V4 countries, which are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary, but also by the Republic of Korea.
Within the project, Caritas team provides IT equipment, personal protective equipment, and other medical equipment to selected Covid-hotels and rural ambulatories in West Georgia. Moreover, we also train the medical staff of Covid-hotels with the aim to better monitor patients´ conditions and provide adequate care to the patients with special needs. Overall, the project directly targets more than 500 doctors and nurses.
Lithuanian Development Cooperation
In 2021, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania funded the project „Promotion of sustainable waste management and recycling practices in Racha-Lechkhumi and Svaneti“. This seven-months project increases the efficiency of environmental protection in the field of waste management and recycling in Georgia through the consultations of municipal authorities and through the awareness raising of the local population.
ENPARD (European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development)
Another donor who works with us in Georgia is the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development. Together, we are working on the development of the Khulo Municipality in Upper Adjara. ENPARD´s support amounts to 90% of the total subsidy, to which CzechAid contributes with the remaining 10%.
ENPARD intervention successfully promotes, supports, develops, and implements a community-based development approach, thus contributing to social and economic development in the mountainous part of Adjara. In total, a sum of 1,030,000 Euros is being granted to local small and medium enterprises to implement 73 business projects.