“You cannot imagine what a pain it is to live in permanent fear for the life of your own child!” - Christina (37 years old), the poor mother of little 9-year-old Mariam, cries bitterly. Since birth the girl has been suffering from asthma, a chronic disease, and she constantly needs medications.
“Woe is me, woe! - Christina wrings her hands. - I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy to experience that. When I take suffocating Mari in my arms, I want to die, just not to see all this! And the fact that I cannot provide my girl with necessary medications just kills me ..."
Mariam (9-year-old) cannot jump, run and play with children.
From her early age, she got used to the ambulance siren and the people in white coats who came to bring her back to life so often. Her sisters - 12-year-old Lizi and 15-year-old Diana - have long forgotten the taste of sweets and their childhood dreams, because all the money is spent on Mari's treatment. They understand that the main thing is their sister's health. “Mariam is number one priority. - the girls say. - what candies can we think about when Mariam needs medications?
Poor parents - Christina (37-year-old) and Simon (44-year-old) - are in despair and pray for help. Because they cannot provide their daughter with the necessary medications themselves... "Your Fund is our last hope, we have absolutely no one else to ask for help!" - mom Kristina sobs.
“Mommy, I can’t breathe, help me!” - these words feel like a knife in the mother’s heart. But she does not show her tears to the daughter, trying to remains strong and saying:
"Don't worry, honey, it will pass soon...” She gives the child a shot with the last ampule of medication, biting lips... But what if there will be another attack tomorrow? There is still more than one week left till the social assistance payday, and being without this medication is like walking on the razor's edge! Every time the same!
If 9-year-old Marie goes to bed without the medication, she will cough. First quietly, so as not to wake up her sisters, and then the attack will get more and more severe ... She will no longer be able to restrain herself and then, with tears, she will call her mother ... Sometimes even the mother cannot help, and they have to call the ambulance ...
- Kristina, tell me your story. What made you address our Fund?
Kristina: The main problem of our family is the illness of our youngest daughter Mariam, who is 9 years old now.
She has been suffering from acute bronchial asthma since birth. Any active entertainment and games usual for other children are contraindicated to her. So, Marie cannot run, jump or walk uphill, it immediately causes shortness of breath, and an attack may occur. I don't even want to think about what can happen if someday there is no necessary medicine on hand... Lord, save all parents from such terrible thoughts!
- And how does Marie herself take her illness? Does it somehow influence her lifestyle?
Kristina: Oh-oh-oh, Marie is a very cheerful girl!
If you give her all the medications on time, she usually feels fine. She studies, draws, plays ... But sometimes the attacks happened at school when Marie was quietly sitting at her desk during the lesson. The teachers called the ambulance and saved my daughter. While the child is at school, I stand next to the school, whatever the weather is like. I feel calmer this way, you know.
- You said that Marie needs expensive medications that the family cannot afford.
Kristina: True, and not only medications, but inhalers too. The Ministry of Health gave us an inhaler as social aid. But these inhalers go out of order quite soon, and the Ministry refused to give us a new one. They made us choose: to get a voucher either for medications or for an inhaler. We chose medications.
But not all medications can be purchased with this voucher. We should take Mari to special climate resorts for asthmatics, but we cannot afford such a trip either. What resorts can we talk about when we are not even able to take her to the doctor once a year... Oh, you know, sometimes I feel so scared. But we will see to it, won’t we, honey?
Mariam (9-year-old): Yes, mommy, of course. I haven’t coughed at all today! Do not be afraid!
- Tell me, please, how did you meet your future husband. Perhaps, Simon has kidnapped the young beauty?
Kristina: He did not kidnap me. I came over to him with my own legs. We were introduced to each other by a friend of mine, and very soon we realized that we felt good being together. We have already gone through a lot of grief, but we are still friends. I think sick children and poverty are the toughest tests for any relationship.
We pray to God, asking him to make our daughter feel better, and the rest we will overcome together ourselves. When my husband used to work at the plant, it was much easier, now the plant is closed. He takes on any side-work, but you can hardly find any work here, and it is scanty money.
- What money do you live on now?
Kristina: Mari's disability pension and social allowance for the family. This is 340 GEL. This money is sorely insufficient. Mari will run out of medications soon, and I have no idea what to do. I may say, I feel ashamed to ask for help, but I see no other way out now. If I buy medications, then I will have no food for the children. If I don't buy medications, then another attack may occur, calling the ambulance, an emergency rescue can happen... And if they will not manage to save her? I'm scared to think about it ... We really need help now.
- Tell me, if any of your relatives helps you?
Kristina: We have no relatives. Sometimes a neighbor helps us, she brings the girls food - she is a very kind woman. Friends sometimes give our girls things that got small for their own children. People in Georgia are kind, they always help their neighbors. But now, unfortunately, this is not enough for us. Alas, the situation is absolutely deplorable.
- You, probably, cannot work because of Mari?
Kristina: Not because of that. Diana and Lizi could take care of their sister, they are smart. I also used to work at a factory, where I had to lift heavy boxes of apples. Such a load caused my hernia to burst. I fell down in the street, and when I woke up I was already in hospital. God bless the people who took me to hospital - they saved my life. After that incident, hard work is contraindicated for me. And nobody will offer me office work.
Recently I heard my daughters whispering to each other about sweets they wanted so much. My heart ached, but we have no money: bread and pottage are all our food. Doctors recommend a special diet for Mari because of her illness: natural products -but all this is completely unaffordable for us. I feel terribly guilty for not being able to give my children the nutrition they need.
- Kristina, what gives you strength in such a hard time?
Kristina: Faith in God and understanding that my girls need me. Marie particularly needs me. My daughters make me happy. Of course, it hurts me to realize that I am not able to give them material wealth, but they feel that I give them all my love.
- May I have a little talk to your treasure? Mari, don't you mind?
Mari (9-year-old): What are we going to talk about? Do you want me to tell you about my friends?
Mari: My best friend's name is Ani. We met like this: I was walking down the street, and Ani was walking down the street too. She stopped and said: "Hi". I also said: "Hi". We're best friends now. I have another friend, Nini, - we met at school. I also love her very much.
- It's great, that you have friends Mari. What do you like about them, what do you value most about them?
Mari: I love them being always joyful, just like me!
- Marie, who is the most beautiful girl in your class?
Mari: All our girls are beautiful.
- Boys in your class are lucky! What would you wish to all Georgian children?
Mari: I wish all Georgian children never quarrel. And if they still quarrel, I wish them to put up as soon as possible. You know, I would like to reconcile all the children who quarrel.
- Tell me, what are you dreaming about, my dear peacemaker?
Mari: Oh, I dream of a bicycle. I want to race in the streets with my friends. I also dream that my sisters and I would have a computer. You can watch cartoons and chat with your friends on it. I asked Santa to bring me a Barbie and a doll house for the New Year, but, probably, the parcel has not arrived yet. If it does not come, I’ll write another letter in winter. I will definitely write about the bike too. I also want some yummies, but my elder sister told me I should not bother Santa with that.
- What yummies would you like to have?
Mari: Fried potatoes, apples, peaches and sausages. Look, I painted apples on the table yesterday. (Marie took out an album and showed me her drawings.)
- I see that you like drawing. Who is this girl in a beautiful dress?
Mari: It’s fairy’s dress. Look how beautiful it is. I dream of having a fairy’s dress too.
- What are your favorite games?
Mari: Hide-and-seek, badminton. I also love to play ball, but at school they almost never let me play with the ball. I can't.
- Kristina, let's say a few words about you personally. What do you want for yourself?
Kristina: My dream is to see my children healthy. So that there is no need of medications! So that I could indulge children with this money! You see what simple, uninteresting dreams I have ... We need any help.
First of all, medications and food, of course. It would be easier if there was a washing machine. Girls need a computer, now it is almost impossible to study without it. We dream of a TV. Children need clothes, they grow up so quickly. It’s really a difficult time for us - we will be grateful for any help.
I wrote to the Fund because I learned about you from a neighbor. You really helped their family. God bless all people who took someone else’s grief to heart and did not pass by.
I decided to write to you because I was almost in despair. I must feed the girls and give Mari the medications she needs.
- Christina, would you like to meet the friends of the Fund?
Kristina: Of course, dear, our doors are always open to new friends.
Friends, this is the case when loving and kind people found themselves in a very difficult situation. Parents often remain hungry and deceive their daughters that they are not hungry, so that the girls would calmly eat their portion of the soup. These people have their hearts open, they believe in God and in the kindness of people. They will accept any help, because they really need it. Because they will not be able to cope with the illness of sweet Mari who believes in a better future. They will not cope with hunger.
You can personally visit this family, meet Mari, her beautiful sisters and mother Christina. Call them, cheer them up and tell them that they are not alone and that we will not leave them in trouble! It’s extremely important!
Their address is: Tbilisi, Orkhevi, 12 Mukhadze Str, Apartment 23. Phone: 555,189 200 270.
Friends, Chernovetskyi Charity Fund is starting a charity campaign to help Mari Amiranashvili. As you know, the Fund never stops on ad-hoc help. The country and its people have no future without children! Take care of the young generation! Let them survive! Count them as your relatives. And we are sure that God will bless you.
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God gives us chances to care about people who are unable to take care of themselves. Not all people are the same. Not all of them are as kind as we are. Do not pass by someone else's trouble! Those poor people are sent to us by heaven so that we could prove not by words, but in deeds that we trust in God!
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