“It’s true, sir,” - sighs 12-year-old Salome - a real beauty - hiding her serious and sad eyes. – “I cover my head with a blanket and snuggle up to mommy, but we just can't get warm!”
Visiting this family, we found ourselves in a tiny, wretched room where poor Tinatin huddles with her two lovely daughters - one-year-old Nini and 12-year-old Salome. “Don’t take off your jackets, it’s freezing here like outside. Children constantly get sick ... I am embarrassed to admit that we don't even have a bed, my eldest daughter and I sleep on the floor,” - the unfortunate mother says with tears in her eyes, while I furtively look around this creepy room with peeling walls and a collapsed ceiling. “How can children live here?” - this question does not get out of my head.
“What can we do? I was left completely alone, no one can take care of me and my angels. My husband left us as soon as he learned that I was about to have our baby Nini. How could I take the life of my daughter? I'd rather die myself!” - the poor woman can no longer hold back her tears. – “My ultimate dream is a bed, so that my daughter does not have to sleep on the floor."
- Please, calm down, Tinatin. Tell me, please, what misfortune made you address us?
Tinatin: Despair and dire poverty. My children freeze and starve, and I can do nothing about that. I managed to earn at least some money before, but now... Just look how we live. We don’t have even beds! My baby Nini sleeps together with her grandmother on a broken bed that we brought from the dump, and I and my eldest daughter sleep right on the floor. How does it feel? Especially in winter? She is freezing, poor thing, she snuggles up to me, and we warm each other ...
- You live with your mom and daughters, right? Sorry for a rude question, but where is the girls' father?
Tinatin: He left us, unfortunately - it happened so... Everything was like everyone else's - we met while visiting my friend, fell in love and started to date... I was so young then. But soon after the birth of Salome, he left without explaining anything. I was left alone with my baby in my arms. He returned a few years later, asked me to forgive him, but when I got pregnant again - he said that if I had a second child, he would leave me forever. What could I do? Of course, I have chosen my daughter - how could I have done otherwise? Her heart was already beating next to mine, how could I take her life?! Furthermore, I have neither brothers nor sisters myself and I did not want my daughter to grow up alone as well.
- Is it your house?
Tinatin: My mother and I used to live in Telavi, but we had to sell our house due to bank loans... We paid off, and with the remaining amount we managed to buy this kennel. I was a very sickly child, having lung problems, coughing all the time, having rashes and fever. In the third form, I became ill with tuberculosis, and treatment took almost two years. I was never able to return to school due to poor health, I can't even read and write normally. Mom raised me alone, she sold khachapuri at the station to somehow provide me with medications and food ... My father left us when I was about one year old - I don't remember him ... It was very hard for us ... And my fate turned out to be almost the same as that of my mother... (Tinatin wipes away her tears.)
- So, you have no relatives?
Tinatin: I have an uncle, my mom’s brother. But he himself can barely keep his own family ... He rents a space in a basement - he lives there. How can he help us? This place is too small and it’s in a terrible condition - it seems that the ceiling is about to collapse on our heads, it is damp and cold. I am embarrassed to admit that I can't even bathe my children here - we have no conditions for that. And they constantly catch colds...
- Did you try to address the local authorities for help?
Tinatin: I have tried many times, but for how long can I write the applications which nobody reads? They give us a social allowance - thanks for that. We can't count on more.
- Is it your only income? How do you manage to stretch it for one month? What do your children eat?
Tinatin: We get 300 GEL per month. I have no idea how we manage to cope... ... It's good that at least in the grocery store they feel sorry for us and give us foodstuffs on credit. Porridges, pasta, baby cookies... That’s all. I know that the girls are growing up and they need vitamins. It's breaking my heart watching how Salome looks at yummies, but she’s almost adult - she understands that we have no money. But you can’t explain it to the baby. I never go shopping together with her because she starts crying when she sees candies. Lord, if you only knew how I want to find a job, but who needs me, an uneducated person? They don’t hire me even as a cleaner. If it weren't for the kind people - parishioners of our church, I don't even know what would happen to us ...
- Do you often go to church?
Tinatin: Every Saturday and Sunday! We go all together. Everything that you see, all our clothes are donated by kind parishioners, and sometimes they even give us foodstuffs. Lord, bless them all for pitying my girls and trying to help us in any way they can ...
- How did you learn about our fund?
Tinatin: The kind people told me. They said that you help disadvantaged people like us. To be honest, I didn't even expect that someone would be interested in our problems. I didn't believe my ears when you called me and said that you would come.
- Tell me more about your children, please.
Tinatin: My Salome is already quite an adult. My poor one! I will never forget her hiding her eyes while we were bringing a bed home from the dump. But what else could we do? She is very worried about our situation, but she does not ask for anything, does not want to hurt me. She helps me with the baby very much, she babysits her all the time.
- And what about studying?
Tinatin: We have neither computer, nor Internet. Her classmates raised money and bought her a mobile phone. But it went out of order and I am embarrassed to tell her teacher about that. Besides that, we have no money to pay for the Internet ... But why am I telling you that, better ask her yourself, she is a very sociable girl.
- Salome, please tell me about yourself. Your mother says you like studying! What is your favorite subject?
Salome (12-year-old): English and Russian, I like to learn foreign languages.
- Have you already decided what do you want to become when you grow up?
Salome: Well, they have nice white coats. I like it very much! I want to be beautiful too and to wear a white coat.
- Do you like reading books?
Salome: Yes. While school was open, I used to take books in the library. They will, probably, open schools soon but I have neither clothes, nor shoes to go out, everything is old and tattered ... (The girl got sad.)
- Salome, what are you dreaming about?
Salome: I want to learn so that I have a good job and a lot of money. Then I would buy my sister, mom, and grandmother everything they want! And I would also buy nice clothes for myself...
- It’s in future. And what are you dreaming about right now?
Salome: About a bed... It so cold to sleep on the floor. I cover my head with a blanket and snuggle up to mommy, but we just can't get warm!
- Let’s ask your mom too. Tinatin, what are you dreaming about?
Tinatin: I only want my girls to be full and warm. I don’t need anything else. I would never have bothered you, if not for my children ... I just can't get out of this situation on my own, and my daughters suffer, especially the eldest - Salome. She wants so many things. She is embarrassed of her peers... Well ... Sleeping not on the floor is our ultimate dream!
– Tinatin what do you need most in your home?
Tinatin: Beds, of course beds. (The young woman responds with no hesitation) If only the child did not sleep on the floor. And a gas heater - it's as cold here as outside. Ours went out of order long ago, my children even got poisoned ... And the rest ... You see yourself how we live - in cold and hunger ... We will be grateful for any help. My daughter needs a computer to study, and I dream of a washing machine. You yourself understand how much laundry there is when there is a baby in the family.
But I am already very grateful to you, for coming and listening to me, for expressing your empathy. When you realize that someone is not indifferent to your grief, it warms your soul!
Friends, our compatriot Tinatin Shamoeva alone brings up two wonderful daughters - one-year-old Nini and 12-year-old Salome. It’s terribly cold in their apartment, they have no beds - a mother and her eldest daughter sleep on the floor! The children are deprived of absolutely anything - normal food, clothes, footwear, warmth, and coziness. The poor mom has no one to ask for help! We are her last hope!
Tinatin Shamoeva and her daughters will be immensely grateful for any help: foodstuffs, diapers, baby clothes and shoes. But most of all they need beds, a heater, and washing machine. With our joint efforts we could make their life easier.
You can visit them and provide all possible help to the Shamoev family.Their address is:Rustavi, 1 Javakhishvili Str, apartment 8
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