The Roddy Scott Foundation is a UK based charity, committed to providing educational opportunities for the geographically isolated and socially deprived Chechen Refugee community in the Pankisi Gorge, North Georgia. We aim to give support to the children and families of a traditional community, deeply affected by a history of war and civil disturbance, and create an energetic future for its members.
What We Do
Currently the Roddy Scott Foundation gives English and computer classes to over 200 children, aged 10-16, in 5 villages of the valley. All our teachers are local Chechens with degrees in English and teacher training and experience. Our energetic on-site director, Lia Margoshvili, keeps things running on site, with the trustees based in the UK and Warsaw.
Trustees of the Roddy Scott Foundation
Stina Scott is the mother of Roddy Scott, the journalist in memory of whom the charity is named. Since founding the foundation in 2008, Stina has been closely involved in its running and makes regular trips to the Pankisi Valley.
Vladimir Lozinski, of Australian-Ukranian origin, has been involved in the foundation from the start. With a career in film production, Vladimir has worked with the BBC and ABC and the UN. In fact, Vlad has won 2 Emmy awards for his work on News and Documentaries, and is particularly noted for his work with David Loyn on the Taliban’s taking of Kabul.
Ellie is a student of PPE at Durham University but now has spent two summers in Georgia, working with the Roddy Scott Foundation among other things.