Mission: Creating equal conditions and opportunities for persons with disabilities; ensuring life of dignity and independence.
Aim: We want Georgia to be a country where persons with disabilities (PWDs) are fully integrated members of society, where the environment is fully accessible to their needs, where parents of disabled children have social guarantees, where services exist that support the independence of people with disabilities, where people with disabilities have equal access to educational and employment opportunities and where the rights of persons with disabilities are fully protected.
Association Anika, founded in 1997, is one of the leading community-based, nongovernmental organizations serving people with disabilities in Georgia. Our primary focus is on protecting the rights of people with disabilities and their integration into society. Association Anika has programs and services that support the comprehensive and complete development of PWDs, promote public awareness about PWDs and provide advocacy for the rights of PWDs. Services and activities also include training, seminars, forums, photo and art exhibitions, movie screenings and other activities for PWDs and their families. Association Anika was one of the first organizations in Georgia to advocate for and promote inclusive education for PWDs. One outcome of these efforts is a public school in Tbilisi that now provides inclusive and accessible education for PWDs. Through these and other activities Anika involves PWDs, their family members, media representatives, teachers, students and other stakeholders.
Over its twenty-year history, Association Anika has designed and implemented more than 40 projects serving people with disabilities. Current projects include: “Dignified Lives for Persons with Disabilities in Society”- which helps persons with disabilities develop skills for employment and helps them find employment opportunities. Through this project, funded by World Jewish Relief, almost 15 PWDs have now been employed. Anika also provides day care programming for adults and children with disabilities. Funding for children’s day care services is provided in part by the government of Georgia and Save the Children in Georgia and funding for adult day care services is provided by the government of Georgia. Through a 3-year project “Community-Based Services for Children with Disabilities” made possible by Save the Children in Georgia, Anika aims to establish higher standards in community-based services for children with disabilities. In addition to the above, Association Anika within the framework of a European Union funded project, implemented by ASB Georgia with the partnership of CSRDG, is piloting an innovative new personal assistance model in Georgia – “Personal Assistance Services for Children and People with Disabilities”.