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Counterpart International Assists the Disabled People of Georgia with LDS-Donated Wheelchairs

Over one hundred Georgians receive wheelchairs thanks to LDS donation and Counterpart International (Counterpart) distribution.

Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Georgia, October 14, 2009 --( Counterpart International’s (Counterpart) Community & Humanitarian Assistance Program (CHAP) and Georgian Non-Governmental Organization “Adamiani” arranged a joint charity event in the park of House of Culture of Mtskheta.

New wheelchairs worth $6,372 donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) were distributed to 108 disabled local residents and internally displaced people located in the region. The US Department of State Georgia based Grantees – UMCOR, IRD and HelleniCare – also participated in the event and delivered the vulnerable disabled recipients hygiene and school kits.

The charity event was organized in close cooperation with the office of the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Governor. The representatives of Donor organization – LDS Charities, Mtskheta-Mtianeti Governor’s Office and Mtskheta Municipality, as well as US DoS Grantees were in attendance. The event has been highlighted by the correspondents of leading Georgian TV channels – Rustavi 2, Imedi, Patriarchate Television and local newspaper “The Mtskheta.” At the end of the ceremony, a local music ensemble played a Georgian folk concert for the ceremony attendees.

Counterpart has provided over 2,000 disabled people with wheelchairs worth over $100,000 primarily donated by the LDS and the US-based Wheelchair Foundation. Since 1985, LDS has provided over 100 million tons of goods to people of all nationalities and religions in 154 countries worldwide. LDS in cooperation with Counterpart has distributed $11 million worth of humanitarian assistance in Georgia.

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 25 countries, 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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