Thank you to everyone who responded so generously to our special appeal last month. The Global Giving community responded magnificently with a record amount to add to our local contributions. Welcome to all of you who are receiving our report for the first time.
We'd like to tell you the story of one of our residents. Each one has their own story of hardship and they need us to step up and provide the care they are missing.
Beso was 10 years old when his mother died of cancer in front of him, which was a big blow to this child’s psyche. It affected him very deeply. After this he ended up on the streets. Beso liked studying so much that even when he ended up on the streets he still went to school, but because the Georgian government did not have a strategy for homeless children and because he could not buy books and proper clothes, he had to leave school. Despite all of this he would read everything he could lay his hands on.
In 2005 when the "street children" rehabilitation center opened, Beso was transferred there but the dream he had of continuing to go to school was not fulfilled there. At the age of 16 he ended up on the streets again and he was working as a builder's labourer and yet with the money he earned he bought books, journals and magazines to read before going to sleep. He could also sing amazingly well but through living on the streets he lost the hearing that affects his musical ear and so he cannot sing anymore, which still upsets him a lot.
In 2010 he was brought to "Mkurnali" and since then he has been living with us. Beso still continued to work as a builder's labourer until 28/12/13 when he came back from work in pain and we called for an ambulance and he was diagnosed with an intestinal obstruction. He had an operation in which his gut was taken partially outside which will need to be put back by the end of April. Since the first operation was an emergency and could not be postponed, it was done free of charge thanks to medical staff, but we will need to pay for the second operation, which will cost $1570.
If you would like to help Beso, you can donate via this page: www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/help-beso-receive-a-vital-operation/.
We are also looking for people to help us prepare for the next Global Giving Bonus day on May 7th. If you have 20 minutes to spare and would like to get involved, please contact Sarah Gale on firstname.lastname@example.org.