The main breadwinner in this unfortunate Georgian family is 11-year-old Sandro.
When there is absolutely nothing to eat and his little brother and sister begin to whimper, the main breadwinner in the family goes to work: he collects scrap metal and cans. And if he’s lucky, he can find a bag of bread left near the wheelie bin, which kind people did not throw away, but hung up nearby for hungry dogs... or children.
He is eleven. His most cherished dream is to dance Georgian dances. They told him many times: “You got talent”. But every day his dreams get smashed against dirty garbage cans...
Sandro eagers to grow up quickly so as not to rummage through the slops, but to start working like any other adults. But they don’t hire him - either to a construction site or as a loader. “You are too little”, - that’s what they say. They don’t care that the little ones can also be hungry, that the little ones also have to take care of their loved ones - they just do not understand that.
Nor do those who are obliged to understand, who promised to take care of them, who said that children - are future of the country and it is necessary to protect them. Protect them from whom? - that is a question. Protect from what?
“I have no time to sit around, I have to bring food for them!”
Sandro (11-year-old): It's not hard for me to work, sure I really could. In my opinion, I am a strong guy and could work at a construction site. It’s not a big deal to collect a scrap metal and cans. There is no other way out. Daddy cannot work. He fell off the horse and broke his leg. Since then, our life has become very hard.
- So, you used to live well when your father was healthy?
Sandro: Yes! He is a shepherd. He used to work a lot. Do you know what a hard and responsible job it is? He taught me, too, that if you don’t work nothing will work out. And so, he fell off his horse and laid for a year, unable to move. Mom looked after him like he was a baby. When he got up with crutches, we started to collect scrap metal together. That’s it. Let’s go, I will show you something.
- May I talk to your mother first, please?
Sandro: Okay, but she’ll not tell you a lot - she is embarrassed because of our situation.
“I know that some moms are in even more difficult situation than we are, but we are on the verge of death right now”
Eteri: Probably you have already heard the things I am going to tell you many times. The problems of my family and my pain are very similar to the stories of unhappy families I read at your Fund’s page. How can I surprise you?
- Eteri, the reason we came here was not to get surprised. We came here to meet you and to tell the entire Georgia what hard time you are experiencing.
Eteri: Well, we never lived richly, but when my husband worked, we never starved. And as Sandro has already said, Edisher, our dad, broke his leg. That’s it...
- So, you were left without livelihood?
Eteri: Not only livelihood - but we also lost support and hope. You know, life is much easier, when you are by a man who is as safe as houses. But after the injury, Edisher was unable to move. I fed him, took him to the toilet, I looked after him like he was a baby. As for money, or rather, lack of money, well... The house, when you don’t maintain it, literally falls apart.
“Yesterday a huge piece fell off the wall! Be careful! Don’t approach there!”
- What means did you live on? Do your parents or relatives help you?
Eteri: My mom and dad used to support us a lot. It is only their merit that we are still alive. They live in a countryside, so they send us vegetables, cereals. We had no money left to buy food - it all was spent on treatment and medications.
- For how long did it last?
Eteri: For more than two years, until Edisher became able to use crunches. It hard for him to walk even now, but together with Sandro they do everything they can.
- You asked only for foodstuffs when you addressed our Fund.
Eteri: It’s true. I know there are many people who live in harder conditions than we. But it is really hard for me now. I have no other way out - hunger made me address good people for help. We need everything! But we need foodstuffs the most! I can't even imagine how it feels to fall asleep without thinking about where to get food for your children tomorrow… We also need beds, at least some chairs and a wardrobe.
- Is it your house?
Eteri: We rent this house, or rather this space for 100 GEL. It very cold here in winter and is extremely hot in summer. All sorts of fleas get inside through the cracks - they bite children. The roof leaks. It blows heavily. Not only this house is cold by itself, we also don't heat it properly to save firewood.
"We hold the roof with bricks"
- Well, you said that your only income is a social allowance.
Eteri: Yes, 360 GEL.
- So, if you pay 100 GEL for rent, then...
Eteri: Are you surprised? What 260 GEL can be enough for when there are three hungry kids and one sick man in the family? My heart breaks when Sandro tells me: “Don’t be afraid, mom, I will bring some food”.
“I am already adult, it’s time for me to work!”
- He is a real man!
Eteri: It’s a big pain. He doesn’t know what a childhood is. It hurts me to see how he spends the most carefree years of his life helping us. It is so unfair.
Sandro: Oh, you started it again! Mom, please stop! I have already told you that it is not hard for me. When Ilia grows up, he will also help us. But well, I wish he didn't have to do this.
- Sandro, what are you dreaming about?
Sandro: I don’t know. I want to save money and buy a bicycle for me and toys for Ilia and Elene.
- I’d like to ask you one thing: do you like going to school?
Sandro (interrupts me): I love going to school. It is nice and interesting place. I have one friend there, his name is Gio.
- You did not let me finish. I’d like to ask you whether you like someone at school.
Sandro: I have no time for girls! I have to help my family. Although, I confess, there is one pretty girl. I really like her, but I haven’t met her yet. I really have no time for that, don’t look at me this way!
- Okay, okay. Tell me about Ilia and Elene. They look somewhat taciturn.
Sandro: They are like twins. They are always together. Look how funny they are sitting. Take a picture of them quickly! It rarely happens that they sit so calmly.
- Are they mischiefs?
Sandro: Ilia is very disobedient, and my sister is nice, she’s obedient.
- Are your mom and dad obedient too?
Sandro: Yes, they are! When I grow up, I would like to be a parent like them!
Elene (4-year-old): I am little! I can’t talk.
Little Elene having big problems.
Eteri: Elene speaks very badly; Ilya is not in hurry to talk either. He is silent. Although he will go to school in September. Oh, I forgot to tell you: Elena was operated on her larynx recently. She had a cyst, which doctors removed. Thanks God, everything went well.
- You often mention the God in our conversation.
Eteri: I only hope for His mercy. I know he will not let us just starve to death! To be honest I was embarrassed to ask you for help. I told myself: “Many people live worse than we do. What should mothers of sick children do?” But then it dawned on me: maybe your Fund is the salvation which I ask the God for? Isn't it a way how He helps us? Through good people.
- You are right, Eteri! The fact that you are starving, that you do not even have money for the most basic medications, and that your 11-year-old son has to look for food in the trash cans is not your fault! We choose rulers who must take care of those who can no longer take care of themselves!
Eteri: I'm not asking to "pull" me forever. When my husband gets back on his feet, we will become able to keep ourselves. I don’t need anything else!
“Please, save my children! I don’t ask for myself!”
Three little angels, who never saw the better life. They never had their own home; they have no idea what a secure life is. They starve, they have no toys, their dad is sick. Every morning when they wake up, they expect the world around them to change. But alas, everything remains as dull as it used to be. It’s in our power to give these little kids a normal childhood. It’s in our power to change their world. Children should not eat slops!
Friends, I urge you not to be indifferent. As you can see the Niparishvili family lives in an extreme need. We can’t pass by! They need foodstuffs, furniture, home appliances, clothes. Let’s help them, let’s show them our mercy, let’s give their children a chance to live normally. Let each of us imagine that these could be our children who are malnourished, and sleep on a collapsing beds in a cold house.
You can visit Eteri and her wonderful children yourself and provide them all possible help. Their address is: Kaspi, 34 Javakhishvilis Str.
All together we will manage to change their life!
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