Project information

Project Georgia

Music therapy can play an important role in helping those families displaced by the civil war in Georgia integrate back into society. Two UK Music Therapistswill travel to Tbilisi to identify ways in which to embedd a robust music programme to benefit Local Partners and the families in their care.

June 2011 - July 2011

Charity information: Music as therapy

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  • Need

    Need

    After Georgia declared its independence in 1991, political unrest led to a lengthy civil war and widespread inter-ethnic violence. Hundreds of thousands of Georgians were forced to abandon their homes. Even after the end of the civil war, considerable political instability continued, and further displacement of people resulted from the armed conflict in South Ossetia.

    Solution

    Working alongside Local Partners 'Charity Humanitarian Centre "Abkhazeti" in Tbilisi, we will look at ways in which music therapy can play an important part in the recovery process for children and adults whose lives have been devastated through these difficult years. For example regular music therapy sessions can promote the development of social skills, help to establish relationships, develop clients’ self-awareness and interaction with peers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Helping families reintegrate back into society

    Activities

    » Running regular music therapy sessions with displaced and local children to promote a sense of belonging as a group and to encourage communication.

    Regular reports will be elicited from Local Partners outlining individual & group development.


  • Impact

    Impact

    UK Music Therapists will deliver an introductory music therapy skill sharing project for Local Partners in Tbilisi. Local staff will receive the skills, knowledge and confidence to embedd a robust music therapy programme for children and families at the Charity Humanitarian Centre "Abkhazeti". They will develop the programme to help meet their overall objectives of reintegrating displaced families back into society.

    Risk

    The main risk is that a trained Local Partner may leave the Centre thus preventing the music programme from developing. We help to minimise this risk by ensuring that at least 3 members of staff are trained initially. In addition, we encourage Local Partners to pass on their skills with our support to other members of staff. This model was introduced in Romania in 1998 and we still have Local Partners who continue to run the music programme and train others to this day.

    Reporting

    All donors will receive a 'Report for Sponsors' after initial training. Donors will also be invited to read a blog written whilst the team deliver initial training in Georgia.

    Information from reports elicited from Local Partners will feed into any subsequent reports for Donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,039

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,339 Travel Insurance & flights UK-Georgia (2 therapists)
      £800 Instruments Instruments donated to Local Partners
      £1,200 Team living costs Accommodation & subsistence costs
      £700 Materials & Co-ordination Co-ordination & training resources
  • Background

    Location

    The project will take place at the Charity Humanitarian Centre "Abkhazeti" located in Tiblisi, Georgia. After Georgia declared its independence in 1991, political unrest led to a lengthy civil war and widespread inter-ethnic violence. Even after the end of the civil war, considerable political instability continued, and further displacement of people resulted from the armed conflict in South Ossetia [a disputed region in the north of Georgia].

    Beneficiaries

    Families displaced by the war & children

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity’s roots lie in Romania where, since 1995, we have enabled just under 3000 disadvantaged children and adults to experience the benefits of interactive music-making. There are currently 18 teams of local staff running programmes all around Romania.

    Our achievements were recognised in 2006 when we won the Charity of the Year and in 2009 we re-launched as Music as Therapy International and expanded our remit to facilitate projects with shared values and aims in other countries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Alexia Quin

    Director. Overseeing the strategy and development of the Project, as well as offering suport and guidence to the UK team and Local Partners

    Sarah Whiteside

    UK Music Therapist who will deliver the skill sharing project and support Local Partners develop the programme.

    Alastair Robertson

    UK Music Therapist who will deliver the skill sharing project and support Local Partners develop the programme

    Local Partners

    Staff at "Abkhazeti". They will be trained how to use music therapeutically with the families and children in their care and develop the programme