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Estonia to help build sport facilities and playgrounds for displaced young Georgians


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is helping improve the living conditions of displaced young people in Georgia by building play and sports grounds in their villages.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet said that many families lost their homes in the aftermath of the armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008 and the younger members of these displaced families often lack opportunities for healthful recreational and sports activities. “Most domestic refugee settlements lack recreational opportunities for children and young adults. Building playgrounds and sports facilities offers a safe and positive opportunity for spending free time and helps them return to everyday life, “said Paet.

The project is being implemented by the Estonian Embassy in Georgia. Five playgrounds and four athletic fields are being built in villages in the regions of Shida-Kartli and Mtskheta-Mtianeti, which will give the opportunity of practicing sports and games for more than 800 young people and children.

The playground and sports facility program is being supported by 840 046 kroons (53,800 Euros) from the Foreign Ministry’s development cooperation and humanitarian assistance funds.

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