We are delighted to announce that in November 2020, thanks to our collaboration with TIKA Foundation of Turkey, and also in no small part to your generosity, AFG completed two new greenhouses at the Dzegvi Shelter Community. Community members are already planting a cash crop of strawberries that will enhance the Shelter’s income, helping to make Dzegvi Shelter sustainable into the future. The second greenhouse will be planted with greens destined for the Shelter’s community kitchen.
Her Excellency Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Turkish Ambassador to Georgia, speaks to us at the opening ceremonies of the greenhouses.
TIKA, the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency, a development agency of the Turkish government, and AFG have been working hand in hand to bring this project to fruition. We are thankful to Her Excellency Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Turkey’s ambassador to Georgia, who has been very supportive of our work in Georgia. In the video here she says, “Today is one of the happiest days that I have had in Georgia because we talked about this project, making greenhouses here in Dzegvi Shelter, so that people living here could be self-sufficient.”
The new greenhouses will be operated and maintained by the Shelter residents. Adults and children are learning the ins and outs of cultivating strawberries and greens and managing a cash crop from seed to market with training provided by AFG. We need your continued support to ensure the success of this project. Everyone is looking forward to the first harvest of strawberries as soon as the coming April. We hope that greenhouses, apart from being a great financial boon, will do much to enhance community life at the Dzegvi Shelter as the residents learn to manage this project. We will keep you posted on their progress! Be sure to look for and share our Facebook and Instagram posts.