St Gregory's Foundation

St Gregory's Foundation works in Russia and the former Soviet Union to tackle the social problems facing children, teenagers, parents and carers. Our projects address the root causes of disadvantage by putting families before institutions, strengthening a sense of responsibility in young and old alike and providing opportunities for vulnerable people to fulfill their potential. Our work makes our beneficiaries active participants in improving their own lives and encourages a more charitable society.
Jan 12, 2015

Thanks for our New Year feast for homeless teens!

Preparing Gozinaki
Preparing Gozinaki

In Georgia it is New Year that is celebrated first and foremost  and Christmas is more a religious celebration.  Over 24 hours from New Years Eve to New Years Day we laid on a fantastic feast for our residents and other teenagers we have helped in the past, or who are still homeless.  Thanks to your generosity and local donors we were able to feed a magnificent 45 young people.

Georgia is famous for its wonderful food and we put on a menu of highlights for the feast.  We prepared Satsivi (a Georgian dish of  turkey in walnut sauce) Gozinaki(Roasted walnuts covered with honey), red and green Pkhali (a Georgian vegetable dish), chicken salad, Olivia  salad, Khachapuri (cheese pie), Lobiani (beans), cake, sweets and  fruits.

The Georgian style is to set all the dishes out on the table (except the cake and sweets that are brought later) and people help themselves as they please. There is also fresh bread which is used to dip in the sauces.

It is really wonderful that we were able to give so many of our young people a New Year to remember.  Thank you so much for bringing a little warmth at this festive time of year.

If you're tempted to try your hand at making some of this delicious Georgian food yourself, you can find recipes online and we've given you a link to a handy website below.

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Dec 23, 2014

Hurrah! We've reached our fundraising target

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our project over the last few years.  Your generosity has helped us to reach our fundraising target early.  This means that we will be able to provide support to toddlers with hearing problems and their families right through 2015.

Thanks to you, 30 todders will receive music therapy and speech therapy to help them tune into the world around them.  They will be able to play and socialise in a supportive environment, which helps them develop as rounded characters.  Their parents will have a source of information about treatments and therapies available, helping them make their own decisions about what is best for their children.  They will also gain strength and confidence from contact with other parents in similar situations.

This is our final report about the Club through Global Giving, but it isn't the only way to keep in touch. 

St Gregory's Foundation runs a range of projects to help disabled and otherwise disadvantaged children and young people in Russia and the former Soviet Union.  You can find out about the other projects we have listed on Global Giving here: www.globalgiving.org/donate/4427/st-gregorys-foundation/.

Do let me know if you would like to hear news from our Club for Hearing Impaired Toddlers through 2015 and see how your donation has helped.  My e-mail address is sarah.sgf@live.com.

Thank you once again.  I wish you all a very happy festive season.

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Dec 23, 2014

Help us give homeless teens a New Year to remember

Enamel work training
Enamel work training

Thank you to everyone who has supported us through 2014.  Your donations have helped us to feed our residents, and because of that our shelter is more attractive for homeless teenagers.  However, food is only part of the story.  We work hard in partnership with a range of organisations to help our residents find training placements and employment so that they can look forward to a stable future as adults.

  •  This year, with the help of with the help of MAC (McLain Association for Children), we started providing classes for 18 teenagers to help them catch up the basic education they lost while they were on the streets.  As ever, we have also concentrated on vocational skills.
  •  One girl, with the help of Caritas Georgia, started a hairstyling and carpet sewing course.
    Three boys started working in a construction company as grinders and painters.
  • One of the boys started working in a restaurant as a chef’s assistant.
  • Two boys started working in the city’s cleaning service and another one in planting greenery with the help of Tinatin Shelia.
  • Three young adults are going to learn to make enamel jewellery at a gallery in our city, also with the help of MAC.  When their training is complete, they will teach other  residents and we will re-establish our small enamel workshop. We plan to sell the jewellery to church shops, jewellery markets and to the gallery.  The income will provide an income for the jewellery-makers.

At the moment of course we are also preparing for our New Year celebrations.  The numbers living with us vary a lot, but for now we have 21 young people and 4 young children living at our shelter.  At New Year we open our shelter to any homeless teenagers who want to come.  We will provide a holiday dinner for as many as we can afford to feed.  Jemal our chef’s assistant, our friend Eka, our lawyer and another Jemal will make the food, while our old colleague Nino Miqeladze, who is now a restaurant manager and the head of a bakery, will bake us a holiday cake.  To complement our celebrations, the European Union delegation has just given us a big and beautiful Christmas tree, which will look wonderful in our shelter.

Your donation will help us to brighten up this festive period not only for our residents, already on the path to a happier future, but also for teenagers still living on the streets.  Thank you for reaching out to them so generously.

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