Bakhar's parents passed away when he was very young and he ended up in the streets all alone. He was sheltered by “Street Kids” shelter, where he lived until he reached 14, then he ended up in streets again and he was living in an abandoned buildings basement in the centre of Tbilisi. There was horrible dampness, that’s why he got diseased by Tuberculosis. Bakhar's life changed course when he came across our rehabilitation centre. Now, we'd like to give him, and the other young people we look after, a New Year's feast to remember, with Georgian treats such as chicken in walnut sauce and cheese pies.
In 2005 our organization opened a street children's social rehabilitation centre where it was possible to for Bakhar to have a course of treatment. Sadly he was caught by the police soon afterwards. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, particularly near the Gldani Metro there was a fight where two boys where wounded. Unfortunately Bakhar was standing near the crime scene. The policemen didn’t ask anything and they took him with the fighter boys to the police department. Before we found out about it he wrote a “plea of guilty”. The only thing we could do is give him only one year of jail when the others got seven or eight. Since his release Bakhar has lived at our organization, he is quite a smart lad.
In October he started training at café ReLife with the prospect of having a job; he is learning bartending, cooking and also waiting at table. This café is managed by a German woman, Lela Ekhvaia, who specially started this course for this category of teenagers. The café has a very favorable position, so Bakhar always goes there with big pleasure and when he comes back he happily tells us about his day there. The café management really likes him and they promise that after training they’ll give him a job there.
Bakhar is looking with hope on the future and has optimistic plans. Bakhar is just one of 35-40 young homeless people who are sheltering with us this winter. In October and November we helped four of them find permanent jobs, but before we can start the rehabilitation work, we have to know we can feed everyone. Thank you to everyone who has helped us in 2012.
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