It has been 36 years since Sophia Kvirtia has been living "not in this world." No one knows how she perceives people, what she feels and what she complains about. Born with a nervous system disease, Sophia was given the status of disabled person of group I since early childhood, and as she grew up her life began to turn into an uncertain existence.
While her father was alive the parents somehow coped with caring of the sick little girl. However, after the death of the head of the family, Manana, Sophia's mother, was left alone with her sick daughter, whose unpredictable behavior could turn into a great tragedy at any moment.
Sophia can't be left alone even for a second. She can burn down the house or hurt herself, throw herself under a car, or hit her head against the wall. She needs thorough watch or care! It happens that at night she suddenly jumps out of bed and runs outdoors, and very often she moans in pain, but she is not able to speak out loud about what is bothering her.
Mother and her son are on the verge of life and death... Their house became dilapidated and the furniture is unusable. An old refrigerator is almost always empty, because the pension and social benefits are spent on medicines, without which Sophia cannot survive. And what about the medicines for her mother, Manana, who has varicose veins? There is no way to buy medicines for her! Mother can't afford such a "luxury", and meanwhile she began to limp, and her left leg has already turned all black.
We talked to Manana and asked her to share her problems and concerns with us.
– How do you cope with your sick daughter all alone?
Manana: Only with God's help! When my husband was alive we distributed the responsibilities of caring for our daughter. After the tragic event with her father all the family duties lay upon me. Oh my God, I'm not complaining, I'll take care of my girl for the rest of my life, but we're in such a miserable state right now that I'm afraid of tomorrow.
– What do you mean?
Manana: Sophia cannot talk, she is unable to explain her anxiety; she is constantly rushing, trying to escape to the street. All day I watch her not to hurt herself, and at night I am like her guard. But my health is growing worse every day. I have varicose veins, one leg is all blackened; it is very difficult to walk, and there is no money for medicines. I am seized with fear as if I cannot move, then my daughter will die. She can't feed herself or get dressed, go to the toilet or take medicine…
– Does anyone help you?
Manana: People are all poor in our village, but still there are good people are, and they try as much as possible to help us; they bring us food and water…
– What is the matter with water?
Manana: In our village the situation with water is very complicated. Our wells dry up in summer. There is no running water. The villagers really suffer because of that. People bring water from the regional center. I ask the neighbors, and they bring me a couple of bottles of drinking water. I use rain water to do laundry…
– And why didn't you address this issue to the Deputy of your constituency? Very often our beneficiaries do not even think of addressing their "chosen one". The deputies are elected in order to resolve such urgent social issues of the population. It is their duty! But from our experience we can say that very few people "bother" deputies and this is a fundamentally wrong approach! Be sure to report your problem to the Deputy of your district, and if he refuses, we will write about it on our page, because we are read by more than half a million people!
Manana: I kindly ask you to address the Deputy on my behalf. Thank you for visiting us and initiating the charitable action.
– And do the local authorities help you?
Manana: The city hall gives us money for medicines twice a year; the amount is insignificant, but nevertheless, is important for us. When my daughter has an attack we call the village doctor. It is a free service. In addition, every year the municipality allocates 150 lari for wood.
– And what's your income?
Manana: A social allowance in the amount of 100 lari and my daughter’s pension in the amount of 200 lari. A half of this amount is spent on diapers because, as I said, we do not have water to use washable cloth napkins. We have about 100 lari for food, which is enough for bread, beans and watery soup.
– Manana, I know you are a believer? What do you ask God for?
Manana: I am 57 years old. All my life I pray to God. I ask him to give me strength to overcome physical and mental pain. I pray God to send us some good people who will lend us a helping hand! From now on, I will pray for your Fund which responds to the needs of poor people.
– What is your dream?
Manana: Cerebral palsy, my daughter’s illness, is an incurable disease. My soul hurts from despair. That's why I don't dream about Sofia's recovery. My only dream is that God gives me the strength to care for her as long as possible. You know, when Sophia falls asleep at night and silence reigns in the room, I light a candle, kneel before the icon and pray that God will have mercy on all the children in the world who are sick and suffer…
Dear friends, let us put ourselves in these people’s shoes! Show mercy to this family with as much as you can, turn their existence into a life! They do not have any financial ability to be treated, and a neglected form of cerebral palsy can lead to the death of a sick person. You have a chance to influence the fate of Sophia and her mother. Do not postpone it! As it can be too late. Now is the very moment when you are asked for help!
You can visit this poor family at the place of their residence in person, to help and give hope. Her address: Chkhorotsqu Municipality, the village of Kirtskhi, tel.: 568 014124.
If you have a willing to help, but do not have time to visit them, this is our Fund account: GE15TB7194336080100003 or GE64BG0000000470458000 (purpose: Sophia Kvirtia).
You can also transfer money from our website.
You can as well transfer money from the terminals of Nova Technology, TBCpay and ExpressPay. Find our Fund in "Charity" section. (You can learn about the ways of payment by following the link https://goo.gl/GY2Gus).
Every charitable act is a step on the ladder to Heaven!