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Patriarch Ilia and John M. Simmons

Meeting with Patriarch Ilia

During a meeting with His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II of All Georgia Mtskheta – Tbilisi, Metropolitan of Sukhum – Abkhazia, Marina Basilashvili, Director of Program Chance in Georgia, expressed amazement that the leaders of the Georgian Orthodox Church, a Rabbi from Israel,...
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John And Rabbi Meir Kozlovsky

Meeting with Rabbi Meir Koslovsky

Rabbi Meir Koslovsky gave Program Chance access to the private Jewish school and all of its resources for an after school program to assist in the education of orphans and other disadvantaged eleventh and twelfth graders, to prepare them for continuing education. Program Chance’s...
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Meeting with Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, Georgia

Meeting with Ministry of Labor Health and Social Affairs

Ele Lembra’s director, John M. Simmons and Marina Basilashvili, director of Ele Lembra’s Program Chance, in Georgia, met with the Ministry of Labor Health and Social Affairs. George Kakachia, Head of Social Protection Department and Dateshidze, Head of Social Issues and Programs...
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Ele Lembra meets Ministry of Education and Science in Georgia

Meeting with Ministry of Education and Science

Ele Lembra’s director, John M. Simmons and Marina Basilashvili, director of Ele Lembra’s Program Chance, in Georgia, met with the Ministry of Education and Science. Natia Jokhadze and her assistants spoke at length with the Program Chance leaders about curriculum and how to best...
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Letters to Program Chance Students

Meeting with Students from Program Chance

On December 5, 2013, John M. Simmons, Director of Ele Lembra, and students from Program Chance met each other for the first time. For just over a year, both sides had admired each other from afar so the meeting was heartfelt and emotional. Simmons’ wife, Amy, grew up in an...
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