Mestia Orphanage in the mountains!

Located in the heart of Svanetia, Mestia is the main town and cultural heart of the Svan people.town Though their language is different to Georgian, the Svan epitomise all that is Georgian and represent the heart of Georgian culture.

Mestia is a highland townlet in northwest Georgia , at an elevation of 1.500 meters [around 5000 feet] in the Caucasus Mountains.

 Mestia and the adjoining 132 villages form Mestia District (raioni). Its area is 3,044 kmē; population – 14,248 (2,600 in the town itself; 2002 Georgia census). The population is mostly Svans, a cultural and linguistic subgroup of the Georgians.

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mestia map It is difficult to get to this Townlet hidden away without good roads and limited access by small plane. Just one reason they need outside help for the  40 kids in the orphanage here. Ani and 3 friends took an overnight train to Zugdidi and then a minivan up the mountain 4 hours each way to deliver the goods and meet the kids..  She delivered the shoes/boots and other clothes in this September 2010 to these kids.{Google Satellite Map}

Having said all that, Mestia is the primary village in this mountain area where the life and culture is hard for us to imagine. A Little Help here made a Big Difference!

This orphanage was closed in December 2011 and the kids moved to different homes.

 Orphanage entrance

     

       

 Kids

Kitchen

Kitchen

Bedroom

 

Road always under construction. Famous for "moving sands"

Steep too!

 

 

Beautiful country but the kids need a new home.

 

They all got some new shoes or boots or other goodies.

It is a truly beautiful area looking up to the highest occupied mountain area in Europe.