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American Friends of Georgia was founded in 1994 by Americans with a desire to assist Georgia during a difficult post-Soviet era. Since then, AFG has been at the forefront of improving the lives of Georgia’s most vulnerable, focusing on education & social services, healthcare, economic empowerment and arts and culture. 

Our Achievements

AFG has been following the changing needs in Georgia for over 25 years. From 1994–2020, AFG provided support to over 110 projects in Georgia, several of them for a number of years. In total, AFG donated $3,409,517 in direct funding and $4,467,921 in in-kind donations of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment, vaccines, books, plants, warm clothes and demolition of the old Dzegvi Shelter building, through Georgian and international partners. At a minimum, 16,000 vulnerable Georgians were helped, and the following results were achieved:

  • Helped establish the first Hospice, Nursing School and Home Care Program in Georgia, introducing palliative care to the country, assisting approximately 1,100 seriously and terminally ill Georgians, and providing education in hospice nursing to over 100 young women from poor families

  • Finished reconstruction of a large building and playground at the Dzegvi Shelter Community with funds raised from Annual Charity Galas in Tbilisi (2015–2019) and a US online campaign

  • In cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, built an Art Education and Rehabilitation Center for war-traumatized children living in and around Nikozi, a site of Russian bombing during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Since 2010, 1,050 children have benefited from these programs.​

  • Finished reinforcement of Queen Daredjan’s Palace Complex and conducted conservation of frescoes in the complex’s church with a grant from the Ford Foundation, orchestrated by Peg Breen, President of the NY Landmarks Conservancy

  • Established a Tbilisi Day Care Center in 2009, providing a preschool education to approximately 140 children ages 3-5 with histories of abuse, neglect and extreme poverty​

  • In 2004, purchased a building for NGO Biliki for education of street children, poor and internally displaced children, enabling Biliki to access grants from Save the Children and USAID to renovate the building​​

  • And many more.