Care for 20 homeless families in Tbilisi, Georgia

by St Gregory's Foundation
Care for 20 homeless families in Tbilisi, Georgia

Project Report | Nov 29, 2016
November news from Georgia

By Nino Chubabria | Mkurnali Director

Nino, Inga, the lawyer and a resident of Mkurnali
Nino, Inga, the lawyer and a resident of Mkurnali

Thanks to your support to Mkurnali we are able to provide food, shelter and education to our residents. Today we would like to tell you about the latest developments with our legal programme and what we do to help our young people who have got in trouble with the police.  

In October and November we were able to help resolve 6 legal cases. Two charges were for ‘resistance to police’, which is punished by a 2000 Georgian Lari fine or time in jail. Both cases ended with an absolute discharge. 1 case was ‘hooliganism’, which  receives a sentence of up to three years of jail. We negotiated with the plaintiff and the case was closed without any charges. 2 cases were for theft: 1 case was of part involvement in a theft which can result in 4-7 years in prison. We have reached a plea bargain with the prosecution and the convict has been sentenced with one year in a penal institution and 1 year suspended sentence without any fine. The second theft case was partial involvement in a theft which is sentenced by 1-3 years of jail. The case is under investigation, during which time the suspect is on personal bail outside prison. We are monitoring him and hope he will eventually become involved in Mkurnali programs for rehabilitation.

Mkurnali’s other main focus of activity is on the growth and popularisation of its enamel jewellery production to give work and income to the residents. Lately we took part in many exhibitions. It important to note that the US Embassy organised a folk craft exhibition, where our works successfully competed with our enamel teacher company “Gallery Ornament”. We sold more works than any other participants in the fair. The shop located inside the embassy has offered us a corner for our enamel work. 

In October we had a visitor – a director of St. Gregory Foundation - Dr. Tamara Dragadze. On behalf of the Foundation she placed an order of 20 pieces of work which we had already created. Also with the help of the Foundation she bought us an Ultrasound machine for polishing the silver so that the Mkurnali residents should no longer cut their fingers using a wire brush. The International Women’s Association here in Tbilisi has given us a little help and on December 3 we plan to take part in the Christmas fair organised by them.

We were happy that these two months seemed peaceful and productive, but sadly a horrible accident happened – our resident Beso Mnatobishvili was lost. Global Giving had helped us pay for his operation some time ago and he was in excellent health ever since. Beso had found his much older brother who had been raised separately from him. On October 4, he brought him to our shelter in order to show him old furniture that we planned to give him as gift. (The EU’s Georgian office gave us new furniture recently).

Afterwards, Beso accompanied his brother and did not return.  We looked for him but not even his brother knew anything about his whereabouts. Sadly, after 22 days the Mtkvari River, which runs through the city, washed his body ashore. What happened? We still don’t know. The police are investigating the case as murder, having excluded suicide. We plan to investigate this case to the bottom and find out the truth. In the meantime his Mkurnali family will be arranging the best funeral we can and find some way always to remember him.

Please consider making a donation - Global Giving is offering a 50% match on donations made on #GivingTuesday, November 29th up to the first $1 million raised on GlobalGiving.org. They have $500,000 in matching funds made available courtesy of generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This is the largest amount of matching funds GlobalGiving has ever had in one day and a wonderful chance to make your donation even larger.

 

 

 

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Location: Harrow, Middlesex - United Kingdom
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