During the 90's and early 2000's, power outages were frequent in Georgia. Electricity would typically come to homes for only a few hours each day. At night people around the country sat by candlelight patiently waiting . . . until, eventually, electric lights burst forth from windows, and cheerful voices carried down the street, "shuki movida," the light has come.
Then, together, we can say, "shuki movida"! We see better now.
MAC has a staff of seventeen and hires well-educated professionals both from Georgia and from abroad. Jeremy Gaskill, a former U. S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia, is its Chief Executive Officer. Cathy McLain and Rezo Chinchaladze continue, along with Roy Southworth, former country manager of the World Bank in Georgia, as MAC's board and founding members.
MAC's goal is to help disabled and other vulnerable children and adults in the country of Georgia.
Present projects include:
School 176, Tbilisi
Kindergarten 205, Tbilisi
School 180, Tbilisi
In 2005 children with disabilities in rural Georgia did not have access to services. Parents and families of these children did not even know what services to expect. MAC came into existence to combat this twofold problem.
Cathy McLain, an educational psychologist, and Rezo Chinchaladze, an educational specialist, with support from World Vision and Save the Children, first developed programs in Imereti.
After the 2008 War
It became obvious that a non-governmental organization (NGO) was the only way to reach significant numbers of children, parents, teachers, and other involved individuals. During the process of establishing the MAC NGO, educational goals broadened to include not only families and schools but also professionals servicing that population.