Shelter City in Georgia provides human rights defenders at risk with a safe and recreational environment where they can reconnect with themselves, rest, and re-energize for future challenges. Georgia’s hospitable and relaxed atmosphere, with colorful architecture, serene seaside, delicious cuisine, and flourishing nature is a perfect place for rehabilitation and regaining strength.
Our team creates a tailored support plan for each human rights defender on their arrival. During their stay, defenders receive physical and psychological care, security, and fundraising training, and can choose to take part in activities such as language and driving courses. We ensure that the defenders have all their needs met throughout their rehabilitation. We also provide family relocation when needed.
Shelter City in Georgia has also developed a security retreat workshop for organizations where human rights defenders can work with security trainers, art therapists, psychologists, and others within a short period to enhance their own security. The retreat also prescribes time for rest and respite.
Georgia’s vibrant and strong civil society and supportive governmental institutions provide an amazing opportunity for defenders to create new alliances and strengthen their network of solidarity. During their stay, we provide them with opportunities to meet with local organizations, visit governmental institutions, participate in different educational events and workshops, and share their work and experiences.
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Coordinating the programme and providing support
Coordinating the programme, providing support, and connecting guests with local allies
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