Over the last years, our project Mkurnali in Tbilisi has become more than just a home/shelter for disadvantaged children and young people from the streets of Tbilisi.
More than 400 young people have passed their rehabilitation process, received vocational training and domestic skills and have successfully built independent lives.
They could not do it without your help and support which Mkurnali receives through Global Giving. Your generosity and kind donations help us to keep this project running and developing.
Nino Tchubabria, Director of Mkurnali, shares the latest news from Tbilisi:
“The money that we get from Global Giving helps us to provide essential needs and feed our permanent residents of Mkurnali: 21 young adults and 4 children; and also the project continues to feed and attract more and more hungry teenagers.
Thanks to St. Gregory’s Foundation support, Jemal has started part time work in Mkurnali and helps us with running of day-by-day tasks.
In Mkurnali the residents are allowed to be more than just disadvantaged street children - this year 18 teenagers became students at foundation courses, learning basic and so necessary studies: writing, spelling, maths, etc. with the help and co-operation of MAC (McLain Association for Children). With the help of Caritas Georgia, one of our girls has started to learn hairdressing and carpet sewing.
Beso, who recovered after his surgery, has been employed by a construction company as a grinder and painter; he is alive thanks to your help and funds collected though Global Giving, which covered a bill for his surgery. He has a job now and recently met a wonderful girlfriend Maria.
Some of our young people have also succeeded in job searches: one of the boys works as a chef’s assistant in “ Oqros Katxa” restaurant, 2 boys work in a the city’s cleaning company and one has a job as a landscape gardener thanks to support of Tinatin Shelia.
It is very encouraging to know that 3 young people will soon learn how to enamel jewellery at the “Ornament” gallery, with the help of MAC; later they plan to teach other children who want to learn enamelling at Mkurnali’s workshop. These young people look forward to starting a small business in the future and we hope that the Ornament gallery will help them to get employed and receive a stable income.
Giorgi has been called up for military service three days a week, but he still remains a good supporter to Mkurnali , delivering food by moped which we have bought with your help !”
Our project in Georgia has a remarkable atmosphere and brings the emotional and social support to young people they would be given by a loving family. A few days ago we have received this joyous news from Nino:
“Natia got married and now lives in a very good family. The family love her as their own child. Mkurnali has helped Natia to get married according to Georgian tradition, we’ve prepared her dowry: Duvet covers, pillows and dishes and a bed. Natia’s husband has 4 siblings. The family plans to buy 10 cows so they can start their own business. They already have a shed and other buildings needed for a dairy business, and we will support them in any way we can”.
We sincerely congratulate Natia and Mkurnali, and celebrate all the recent successes. More than just a project, this has truly become the loving family of Mkurnali.
Thank you so much for being a part of it and we hope we can continue this great work with your support!