Care for 20 homeless families in Tbilisi, Georgia

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

Project Report | Mar 18, 2019
Malkhaz's triumph over adversity is down to you.

By Nino Chubabria | Project Director

New Year celebrations at our shelter
New Year celebrations at our shelter

Since we haven’t been in touch for a while, we wanted to thank you again for your generosity at the end of last year.  Thanks to the Global Giving community we were able to give 27 young people and children a feast for New Year at our shelter.  We fed a further 32 young people out on the streets. 

To move onto our main news, we would like to tell you about the remarkable story of a young man who was in our care for a time. 

Some families have more misfortune heaped on them in a short time than most of us know in a life time.  When there isn't a good safety net to catch you, the fall can be very hard indeed.  Malkhaz’s family was one of those unfortunate families.  Thanks to our intervention, the generous donors who make our work possible, and Malkhaz’s hard work he has managed to turn his life around.

It all started when Malkhaz’s father had a road accident. His family had to sell their house in order to save him. They bought half-derelict house outside the city with the leftover money. The father could no longer work, so the family was in a terrible situation. Malkhaz’s mother started working as a cleaning lady for several families, but she couldn’t provide for the family on her own. Malkhaz’s father had a nervous breakdown and became an alcoholic. He became abusive and used to beat his wife and son.  Malkhaz’s mother was then diagnosed with cancer and she passed away. Living with his father was even harder for the kid after this.  His father used to make him steal alcohol for him.  Once, while he was drunk as usual, Malkhaz managed to escape. He joined the kids in the street and thus became one of our beneficiaries.

Malkhaz learned enamel workmanship while he lived at our shelter. We also brought him to several crafting schools curated specially for us by AXIS development company. We then helped him to get a job at a hardware store. Malkhaz turned out to be a hard-working young man. He learned the duties of a shop consultant and when he saw the opportunity he applied for a job and he was hired at one of the main branches of the DOMINO store chain. He was a great employee there too and soon enough he was promoted to branch manager. During his work there he met an accountant. They got close, fell in love and married soon after. Malkhaz and his wife rented a home at first then, and recently they managed to buy a small home for themselves in Tbilisi.

We are delighted for Malkhaz and very proud of all his achievements.  Thank you to everyone who donates so that we can give more troubled young people the chance to show what they are capable of.  Incidentally, you might like to know that between 8th and 12th April, the wonderful people at Global Giving will be adding 60% to donations to our project up to $50.  If you'd like a reminder, please follow our Facebook page or let us know by e-mailing sarah.sgf@live.com.

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St Gregory's Foundation

Location: Harrow, Middlesex - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @SaintGregsFound
Project Leader:
Sarah Gale
Hampton Wick , Surrey United Kingdom
$42,549 raised of $46,857 goal
 
593 donations
$4,308 to go
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