On January 22 Ambassador Norland, USAID, and the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation commemorated the completion of the rehabilitation of the drainage and storm water discharge systems and the provision of sanitary upgrades for 11 IDP cottage settlements, benefitting 1,867 families. The USAID-funded Rehabilitation of IDP Cottage Settlements Project invested $8.5 million in Shida-Kartli and Mtskheta-Mtianeti regions of Georgia over the past three years.
The project rehabilitated 40 kilometers of irrigation canal for the Tiriponi and Saltvisi Irrigation system. In order to maintain the canals in working order, the project purchased: 2 pickup trucks, 2 all-terrain-vehicles, 2 tractors, 2 canal drag-hoes, and 1 backhoe excavator, totaling $300,000 for the Amelioration Company.
The Municipal Infrastructure and IDP Durable Housing Project is implemented by MDF and funded by USAID. Over the past four years, the project utilized $59 million to rehabilitate housing for IDPs. This is a component of the U.S. Government’s $1 billion pledge to assist the people of Georgia following the 2008 conflict.