Georgia is a developing post-Soviet country home to as little as 3.7 million people. It has made significant socioeconomic advances in the past 15 years, but remains a poor and socioeconomically unequal country where the digital divide fuels the existing inequalities.
Our Georgian beneficiaries satisfy two criteria:
According to a 2017 Welfare Survey by UNICEF, as of September 2017, 324,177 households comprised of 977,055 people (less than a fourth of the entire population) were registered in the unified database for socially vulnerable families. Such households receive Targeted Social Assistance (TSA), which is the second largest cash-assistance programme of Georgia’s social security system.
Georgia ranks as #150 in the world based on GDP per capita. The consequences of such poverty are especially dire for our target group. Every fifth child lives in a household in which the basic needs of household members are not met. The unemployment rate for the age group of 15-19 is 31.9%. When it comes to education, with the Government spending only 2% of the GDP on education (ranking it as #67 out of 173), Georgia is among the bottom 10 countries in the PISA ranking. Even though school attendance is mandatory, every fifth poor child aged 15-18 is no longer involved in education.
The operations in Georgia are carried out by our local partner, Charte.ge. Charte.ge was created in 2017 by the co-founders of GiveInternet.org. It is a local fundraising platform thal allows Georgians to sponsor Internet access and computers for high school students in need. The results displayed throughout the GiveInternet.org website depict joint fundraising efforts of Charte.ge and GiveInternet.org.
Population: 3,7 million
Internet penetration rate: 68.10%
People offline: 31.90%