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US Marine Corps Provides Support to the Orphanages of Georgia with the Help of Counterpart International

Counterpart International (Counterpart) facilitated a donation of clothing and shoes to young orphans

Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Georgia, October 14, 2009 --( Counterpart’s Community & Humanitarian Assistance Program (CHAP) and the US Marine Corps’ representatives in Georgia joined forces to arrange a charity event this past August to help orphans in Georgia. Clothing, toys, shoes and boots, worth at over $8,390.00, were distributed among 121 children sheltered in Digomi Orphanage of Tbilisi and Saguramo Educational Institution in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region.

Several months ago, US Marine Sergeant David Zelagin approached Counterpart’s CHAP/Georgia office with a request for support in delivering aid to orphanages in Georgia. His family was gathering commodities in the State of Georgia for orphans. After CHAP/Georgia informed Counterpart’s Headquarters of this family and their needs, Counterpart contacted the family and included their aid in the regular CHAP shipments coming to Georgia. The items shipped consisted of toddler and teenager size clothing, toys and shoes.

Once the container arrived in Georgia, CHAP staff assisted the Marine Corps members in clearing and storing the cargo and scheduling the joint distribution event. Counterpart also included in the assistance military boots and used clothing. The shipments were accepted and greatly appreciated by the orphanages, and brought smiles to the children at both institutions. This support was very important for the children sheltered at Digomi and Saguramo Orphanages who not only lack parents’ care and warmth, but often the basic commodities to survive.

The Saguramo Educational Institution and Digomi Orphanage have both received humanitarian assistance from Counterpart in the form of clothing and other necessary commodities for several years. Counterpart has delivered over $52,000.00 to Saguramo Institution and over $34,000.00 to the Digomi Orphanage.

CHAP has been operating in Georgia since 1995. From its inception to the present, the program has assisted about 2.5 million needy Georgians. Through its network of 960 partner organizations, CHAP has imported and distributed humanitarian assistance to Georgia valued at over $150,000,000.

Established in 1965, Counterpart International (Counterpart) has forged strategic partnerships in more than 65 countries. With 350 staff currently operating in 25countries, Counterpart’s programs encompass humanitarian aid and relief assistance, health care, democracy and governance, natural resource management and feeding the impoverished. Though Counterpart’s projects are diverse, they share a common objective: improving the lives of those in need by empowering people and local institutions to develop innovative, holistic, and lasting solutions that address social, economic and environmental challenges. Learn more at

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