The Roddy Scott Foundation is a grassroots educational charity in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge.
Roddy Scott, the foundation’s namesake, was a young British journalist who was killed in Ingushetia in 2002 at the height of the second Chechen war. Roddy had been documenting the reality of the bitter conflict between the Chechens and the Russians, one that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of combatants and civilians. He was killed while shadowing a group of guerilla fighters from the Pankisi Gorge, where he spent time before his death and where he is still fondly remembered.
The Roddy Scott Foundation (RSF) was founded in 2008 by Roddy’s parents, Stina and Robin Scott, who identified a need to provide positive change to a valley deeply affected by the region’s recent conflicts and geopolitical events. They opened an English language school with the help of videographer Vladimir Lozinski, journalist David Loyn and the funding of a group of Roddy Scott’s friends.
Today the foundation provides English and computer classes to more than 200 children in four villages within the Pankisi Gorge. It also provides six scholarships a year for senior students wishing to further their academic studies. RSF students consistently gain the highest English language (pre-university exam) results in their region. Several former RSF students are now completing their university educations in Georgia, Europe and the United States.
Our organisation is supported regularly by close friends the McLain Association for Children, as well as on a project-by-project basis by the American, British and Estonian embassies. We are grateful to have a team of supporters from the United Kingdom, Georgia and around the world that lend our charity and the Pankisi region their enduring support and goodwill.