Zakat Foundation in Georgia
Since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Georgia has made substantial progress in gaining autonomy and boosting its economy. Yet, it still suffers from high levels of unemployment as an estimated 15% of its population lives below the poverty line. In rural areas, many people survive solely by subsistence farming. Public investment in social sectors remains low in the country.
The problem of a disputed border with Russia also presents difficulties for the vulnerable people of Georgia. In the summer of 2008, 220,000 to 240,000 people from the Abkhazia and South Ossetia areas were displaced following conflicts between Georgian and Russian forces. Water quality, sanitation, and unhygienic living conditions are on the top of the list of priorities for Georgia’s internally displaced communities.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center