Current Projects update October 2012
There was a shift in the way the kids were housed in Georgia. Many of the nearly 1000 kids in the 6 - 18 age groups were moved to small group homes, foster parents or in some cases back to some member of their biological families if they could be found. We continued to get help directly to the kids most in need no matter what the housing arrangements as they are still in need in many cases.
We are providing financial help to an organization that is training the kids to transition to the outside world at age 18.
We are sponsoring college students and are considering doing the same for more vocational training.
Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement!
We have sent nearly 100 winter coats and some other clothes to the East Coast of the USA in May 2011 where Mr. Lasha Darbaidze graciously agreed to help get the goods the rest of the way to Georgia. In early August 2011, the goods were delivered to Tbilisi and now await Ani to be in Georgia in September to once again help distribute the winter coats and other clothes to the kids.
We have set up a scholarship for one student through a sponsor here in San Diego County to help him through his college years. Some things have to be done one kid at a time but we are very pleased with our first choice for scholarship.
We delivered shoes and clothes an orphanage in Mestia in the Svanetia mountainous region in north western Georgia in September 2010. We will continue trying to get local supplies for the kids if we can and of course, getting more warm clothes to the kids. Ani made the rather arduous journey to the Mestia orphanage in September 2010 and has many pictures and stories to tell us about the things that need to be done.
Ani also hand carried from the US and delivered back packs, fleece sweaters and other goodies to the kids.
Completed projects included getting 35 new "mates" beds for the kids at Digomi Orphange. Our Georgian manufacturer delivered all of them before Christmas. The kids were very happy and the manufacturer did a great job. Ani also delivered fleece jackets and knit hats in January 2010. We had already delivered more than 80 pair of shoes in June of 2009.
SHIPPING SUCCESS! The 380 pair of shoes and boots plus 200 pair of jeans and another 180 knit winter hats and 180 mittens are in storage in Tbilisi. Ani was in Georgia in September and helped deliver the winter clothes and shoes/boots personally at least in time for the 2011 winter this time.
Please call or email Ani if you have any questions about the kids we are trying to help or this project.
Old Beds, no privacy, no storage
The new beds are built and delivered. They arrived before before Christmas as promised. The kids were happy. Notice that there is no heat in the rooms - we still have things to do!
These are examples of the shoes and boots we delivered.
You see - A Little Help does make A Big Difference in their lives !