Emergency winter accommodation for homeless teens
As winter starts the number of young people staying at our organization increases. That is because it is very difficult for kids to stay in the cold streets at night and also they aren’t able to raise the money they need for food. They say that in bad weather all cars have their windows closed and the drivers are too lazy to open the windows for charity, which decreases their takings. At this time they always come to us for help. We have camp beds that we get out in the winter.
Obviously, with two or three times more teenagers staying with us, the food bill rises.the request for food rises. The utility bills rise as well. In winter the number of kids varies, it is approximately 30-45 people a day.
This year we are also expecting a flow of children from jail. We are waiting for a big amnesty announcement. Our
organization put in an application for 11 children to be released from jail.
It costs just over $3 a day to feed a teenager in Tbilisi, but in difficult times we can manage it for $1.75. Fortunately, some local people help by bringing food. Recently, a local supporter brought a whole sack of potatoes for us. As well as feeding everyone who comes to us in need, we also really want to hold a New Year's feast to cheer everyone up. This will cost around $15 for each teenager. We're aiming to invite 45 of our regular residents and the homeless young people who've been coming to us through the winter. Can you help?