New Indiegogo Initiative “Help Tbilisi Recover from Flooding” Seeks to Save the City from High Waters & Zoo Animals

Over the weekend, numerous storms hit the city of Tbilisi, Georgia and caused not only destruction and flooding, but also caused the deaths of 12 people and destroyed the zoo/dog shelter, thus freeing most of the animals, including hippos and bears.

Now, a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo called “Help Tbilisi Recover From Flooding,” is hoping to help those in the city reclaim their city from the devastation. The initiative’s organizer, Maka Meshveliani wrote:

Tbilisi“Friends of Georgia, especially the ones abroad, have been asking how they can help and if there is a fund they can donate to. I am not sure there are any legit fundraising efforts in place. This is my attempt to allow friends of Sakartvelo help the city in need.

 

“I set this campaign up this afternoon to allow those willing to help survivors of Tbilisi flooding to do so. I’d like to thank Tinatin Bregvadze for letting the campaign use the bank account of the non-profit she is involved in (Georgian Center for Security and Development) – since I am a newbie at Indiegogo, I started the campaign as a charity one (a matter of pure labeling) and accordingly, the funds must go to the bank account of a legal entity (NGO mentioned above) and not to an individual.

 

Tbilisi 3“While this happened due to my lack of understanding as to how Indiegogo works, I think the system in place is for the better – while I started the campaign, the funds don’t go to my account and it will help the campaign be accountable to the contributors and not only. For the purposes of transparency, I will be posting the statistics from the campaign page from time to time on my fb page.  We will have public discussions as to how the funds will be spent in one month’s time. Thank you all for your support!”

In a recent update, Meshveliani shared:

Tbilisi 2“We have decided to continue the fundraising since the damage is $20 million. As promised, we will have a public discussion as to how the $10K (the original fundraising ‘goal’) will be spent and anything that we will raise above $10K will be directed to the specific project.
“My friends and I are doing a needs assessment as we speak and are headed to talk to the local authorities and some of the people directly affected by the flooding. The plan is to pick a specific project and continue fundraising towards that. Will post updates as we go and hopefully will have a concrete project in the next couple of days, may be even tonight.”
Since its launch Sunday afternoon, the campaign has successfully raised nearly $28,000 from over 450 backers.

 

 


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