For several years now Natelashvili Family has been livin in a terrible state! The 57-year-old mother, Ketevan Todadze, takes care of two sick people – her husband and son, who suffer from a mental disorder. She alone has to bear a heavy burden and, to her credit, it must be said that Ketevan spares no effort so that her people are not deprived of care and attention. However, the extreme material need does not allow her to provide proper care for the mentally ill family members and pushes the poor woman into the abyss of uncertainty.
Ketevan Todadze wrote us a letter and asked us to convey her voice to the general public. She deeply believes that in our country there is a huge army of good people who will pity her and give her family a helping hand!
We talked to Ketevan and asked her to tell us about her life, the problems and the urgent needs of her family:
me please, when did your husband fall ill with a mental disorder, and what was
Ketevan: It happened three years ago. His nerves failed him. We had a mentally ill child and we sold our own house in the village of Bazaleti, Dusheti district, in order to pay for the treatment of the boy. We moved in here. Of course, many years of treatment helped. Now my son is 17 years old and his condition is not critical, but we were left without a home and survived at the expense of pensions and a meager social allowance. Zviad, this is the name of my husband, was very concerned and, in all probability, there was a failure in his nervous system.
– Are you renting this house?
Ketevan: Yes, I pay about 50 lari per month. The conditions here are relatively satisfactory. But at any time we can be left without housing, if the owner decides to sell the house...
– What is the income of your family and what do you spend money on?
Ketevan: We have pensions of my husband and son, as well as a meager social allowance – this is our income. We spend money on utilities, rent, firewood, medicines and food.
– Have you tried to get a job?
Ketevan: I am an engineer by profession. I worked at the Polytechnic Institute for a long time. But after the birth of the ill son everything changed for the worse. And now I am so weak that even if there will be some kind of work, still I will not be able to work for health reasons.
– Are you sick as well?
Ketevan.: Yes, indeed... Three times I was operated to remove cysts; and once I had the surgery on the eyes. In addition, I suffer from very high blood pressure, as well as heart pain.
–Tell me, did the state pay for your operations?
Ketevan: Yes, it did. In addition, my husband and son are registered with the state program. We are given medicines. Certainly, we have to buy additional medicines. But, nevertheless, I am grateful to the Lord that such help is available. So I do not have any claims...
– And does the local authorities or the Deputy of your constituency help?
Ketevan: They help as they can. I understand that there are a lot of poor people in our area, so help is limited. But I cannot say that nothing is being done for us.
– What exactly is being done?
Ketevan: Every second month Gamgeoba gives 50 lari for my son, several times a year he allocates money for medicines (100 lari), provides a free canteen, the son is included in the municipal free cultural and health program.
– What is the main need of your family now?
Ketevan: You know, we have almost no basic household items. For example, a few days ago, our gas stove" exploded". It was old, since Soviet times. Now I have to cook on a spiral electric stove. There is no washing machine, so I wash in cold water by hand. The refrigerator does not work, it is used as a cupboard for food, but often it is empty... It is very difficult to take care of two sick people without basic household appliances.
– Do you want our readers to help you in this matter?
Ketevan: I've heard a lot about your Fund. I know that your readers are a huge army of good people. I believe in them, I believe in you, and that's why I asked for help. Good people, help me! Make it easier to care for sick people, give us hope for the future! May the Lord always be with you and help in your charity work!
– You married for a great love?
Ketevan: Zviad and I met at the Polytechnic Institute. We fell in love. After graduation, fate scattered us, but after a while we met again and got married, went to the village and dreamed of creating a happy family (sighs – note)...
– Ketevan, what do you dream about?
Ketevan: Certainly, I dream that my son and husband recover. I also dream to have my own small, at least tiny house, to be not concerned about my family and not be in constant fear that we will be expelled for non-payment of rent...
Friends, let's support the Natelashvili Family, show them mercy and compassion. Any, even the smallest amount that you can donate, will ease the suffering of these people.
You can personally visit the Natelashvili Family and provide all possible assistance, attention and hope. This is their address: Sagarejo Municipality, Giorgitsminda Village, tel.: 59131 31 87. And if you have no time to visit them you can transfer money to our Fund account: GE15TB7194336080100003 or GE64BG0000000470458000 (purpose: Natelashvili Family).
You can as well transfer money through our website and terminals NovaTechnology, TBCpay and ExpressPay. Find our Fund in "Charity" section. (You can learn about the additional rights and obligations of the Fund by following the link https://goo.gl/GY2Gus).
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