The Roddy Scott Foundation is a charity set up in the name of Roddy Scott, a 31 year old journalist killed in 2002 whilst crossing the Georgian-Russian border whilst filming Chechen fighters based in the Pankisi Gorge. His parents Robin and Stina Scott were inspired by the tragedy to want to help the local population better their prospects, and set about establishing an out of hours school for English language medium. This has blossomed from a single class to a population of 200 children spread across all age groups and 3 villages. Without the energetic Lia Margoshvili managing all the affairs of her communities involvement with the school, and the equally energetic and visionary Vlad Lozinski, the school could not have flourished. They have driven its expansion to include IT classes which in turn have fostered a unique project in the region. A children’s led online newspaper the Pankisi Times. There are many supporters, too many to mention who through personal affection for Roddy or interest have stepped forward and helped in numerous ways to further the life of the foundation.
The mission statement is simple. Challenge helplessness and alleviate poverty with self -empowerment through education and a connection to the modern world. To this end Roddy Scott’s death has not been in vain, but has been the catalyst for change in Pankisi where it was willed that the seeds of his noble spirit might take root and flourish in the long suffering soil of the Pankisi Valley.