Mondo began development cooperation work in Georgia in 2019.
We support a local partner organisation called Merkuri, located in the Samegrelo region, in combating violence against women. The Merkuri women’s shelter does not get any state support and the local municipality covers only 10% of their budget. Mondo helps cover the maintenance costs and offers trainings to experts, youth workers and media representatives related to the organisation. In collaboration with Estonian Social Enterprise Network, we map the entrepreneurship capacities of the local organisation. Mondo also deploys EU Aid Volunteers expert participants to the area.
Partner in Georgia
Association “Merkuri” is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 2004 in Zugdidi (Georgia). “Merkuri” provides humanitarian help, support and re-socialization services for vulnerable groups – victims of domestic violence, internally displaced people etc, One of Merkuri’s main focuses is advocacy against domestic violence, particularly in rural areas. The city of Zugdidi, where Merkuri operates, is located just on the border of Abkhazia. Territorial tensions, the high number of internally displaced persons and the economic downturn in the region make its population, and especially women, particularly vulnerable. In March 2018 Merkuri opened the first shelter for women – victims of domestic violence , which is the only one in the Samegrelo area.