5 Georgians, 5 wonderful people. Mom Anna, Dad Georgiy and their beautiful children: 14-year-old Sandro, 3-year-old Nino and little Nene who is only 6 months old, know firsthand what it is to go to bed hungry, walk in rags and live in a damp, windswept room!
The family lives in Tbilisi outskirts, in a house with large cracks. Some walls are "protected from the cold" with cardboard and old shabby blankets. "Sometimes it seems to me that the load-bearing wall is held by this Cabinet," – mother Anna told us. This dilapidated apartment has absolutely no amenities. The roof is leaking, the walls are peeling, the floor is cracked, it's damp all around, and some of the цindows have no glass. Probably the last 30 years this house was not repaired.
The kids sleep on three broken beds from a landfill, and dine at a dilapidated table with peeling paint! There are only three chairs.
Have a look at the photos! They cannot be described with words... You will see for yourself the horrible conditions of these people, our compatriots!
Anna Stajadze, mother of five children, told us about her hard life:
– Anna, it is impossible to believe that people can live in these ruins. Aren't you afraid?
Anna: I am, but what should I do? But even this "wreck" has a plus. We don't pay rent for it!
– What is your biggest problem of your family at the moment?
Anna: I just don't want to think all the time about how to feed the children, how to buy them new clothes at least once a year, how not to be afraid of this damned wall that can collapse at any time... I wish that the children will be warm. Sorry, it's cold in here, we don't have gas, they cut off gas supply to us because of a large debt. We have a lot of debts... (Her eyes filled with tears.) Is this a life? We don't need much.
– Let me ask and ask about the history of your family.
Anna: This month marks 20 years since I met my husband Georgiy. I was at the Church at night service, still a schoolgirl, and there we met by chance. For 5 years, Georgiy courted me very nicely and won me over; we made plans and dreamed. Then we got married. Despite all the difficulties, we have been together for 15 years. We have 3 children.
– Is there anybody helping you? Parents or relatives?
Anna: My mother recently had her fourth operation, and she can't help me. My mother-in-law is also very ill – she has 7 diseases, she needs help herself. My husband Georgiy is ready for any job, he is a very honest, hardworking and responsible person, but you know what problems we have in our country with work. Unfortunately, my husband cannot find a job. He finds work from time to time, but it is all temporary. And my mother-in-law needs 169 lari a month just for medicines, we have to help her, it is vital. Nene is on bottle feeding. My father-in-law died in January, and he had been bedridden for a year. I am grateful to my sister-in-law Ketevan, who sometimes takes her mother home. But she's a widow with three children. Who can provide financial assistance? You know, everyone has their own problems.
– Did you ever think that such a misfortune could happen to you? – And how did you imagine your life?
Anna: We just wanted to have our own home and provide a decent life for our children. We wanted to take children to different clubs, developing their talents. The goal and hope was an ordinary, healthy and happy family. After all, everything can happen in life. I don't like to cry. If there are no household appliances, well, people can live without these things. But when you see hungry children, when children have nothing to wear, they do not have the opportunity to develop their abilities and just dream... You can't help them. That's what hurts my soul.
– And have you asked for the help someone? The local authorities, for example?
Anna: I went to many places. But alas...! Despite numerous efforts, our allowance was cancelled based on the fact that they only help people of age or families with 4 or more children. They have been promising social assistance for a year, they visited us several times for evaluation. Once they did not understand something, and then the points were more than 70,000 and the allowance was not provided for such families. They denied a food voucher for 6-month-old Nene.
– What do you believe in? What do you see as salvation? Do you believe in God?
Anna: My family, my children, and my faith in God give me the strength to live and fight. Only thanks to this, I did not give in to despair and continue to struggle with all the problems that come along the way of the family.
– Do you believe that strangers can be good to you?
Anna: Of course I do. Otherwise, I wouldn't have come to you.
– Tell us about the children. Do your children go to school or kindergarten?
Anna: Children are my pride and happiness. Sandro helps me a lot, studies well, I am proud of my son's progress and efforts, especially in learning foreign languages, and I always feel his support and love. Nino is very beautiful and fun, dancing all the time. She's like a little sun. Jam cookies are her favorite treats, poor thing, and she doesn't know what ice cream tastes like. In the evening, he grabs my hand and says, "That's it! Now you're just my mom! Let Nene go, take me up!" I can't say that she is jealous of my baby, but my attention is clearly not enough for her. So I lie down next to her and tell her stories. She especially likes it when I tell her about little red riding hood. "And what color is the dress? What kind of shoes? What is her hairstyle?.. And how many teeth has the wolf? Why is he so angry, and where is his mother?" And then she falls asleep happy, she does not know how to speak well yet, but lets everyone know that in the evening, before going to bed, mom belongs only to her!
Sandro likes physics and chemistry. He is a very open child, but when he sees the situation in the family, he restrains himself and does not ask for too much. He used to tell me everything, and I even knew that he liked a girl in the kindergarten. And now I don't know what he's doing. I only learn from the teachers that Sandro is a very good boy." They adore him. They call and say that he got top marks in physics. I ask my son, "Why didn't you tell me?" and he says, "It's nothing, I could have done better". But, one thing that pleases me, he is a very fair, kind and loyal person. And this, in my opinion, is important for every mother!
– What do you feed your children with?
Anna: Our diet is the simplest: pasta, cereals, buckwheat, porridge and morning tea.
– Sandro, can I talk to you? How do you study? What subjects do you like?
Sandro (15 years old): I study well. I like physics, chemistry and mathematics very much. I'm also trying to write stories. I have a lot of friends. My best friend is Sergo, he never lies. We grew up together. We went to kindergarten and school together. We know everything about each other. We even like the same girls. Or rather, at kindergarten, we liked one girl and we thought it was so cool…
– Do you still think so?
Sandro (15 years old): (Laughs) no, it probably won't be so fun right now.
– Do your teachers praise you?
Sandro (15 years old): They don't praise me in front of me, but I'm glad they call my mother and tell her what a good son she has.
– What is your hobby?
Sandro (15 years old): I love Rugby, but it's just a dream.
– Why so?
Sandro (15 years old): You know, it's not so easy to go in for sports. I need a special uniform; shoes can break once a month; I also need a ball... And I need to pay for lessons to the coach. And when my mother does not have money to buy baby food for Nene, the uniform and the ball is out of question.
– What do you want to become when you are grown up?
Sandro (15 years old): I would like to become a biologist doctor. And I will do everything for this purpose. And if you ask me why, well, this is interesting! I was always interested in science, I liked physics and chemistry. And the current situation in the world has made it even more clear to me that now the most necessary people are scientists! Now everybody shows respect to our Georgian doctors! Who else can put an end to this terrible virus?
– If you had a chance, what would you do for your mother?
Sandro (15 years old): I would make sure that she lived in prosperity and did not need anything, was young and beautiful, always smiled and was not afraid of tomorrow.
– What do you hope for?
Sandro (15 years old): I hope for God and for myself.
Nino (3 years old): Talk to me, too! I like my doll Nana. She was my favorite until my mother brought a live doll into the house! Our Nene is a crybaby, but she can smile back and say "agu".
– Does your mother have time to tell you fairy tales?
Nino (3 years old): Mom and Dad tell me stories before going to bed. My favorite fairy tale is about a fox and a small bird, and another one is about the little Red Riding Hood.
– What do you want to become when you are grown up?
Nino (3 years old): I dream of becoming a ballerina! You know why?! Dresses are beautiful, and they jump all the time and nobody scolds them for it! Nobody says, "uh, calm down, don't jump…"
– You have wonderful children, Anna.
Anna: Thank you, that's nice to hear this!
– What's your family's income? What can you afford?
Anna: now we were promised a child allowance of 150 lari. I hope we get that at least. The mayor's office has provided us one-time assistance, 300 lari. When I was given these 300 lari, that morning I was in a complete panic: I opened the last box of food for Nene. God helped and help came in time. Nino is now being given food at kindergarten, by the order of Kakha Kaladze. Well, we somehow survive, eating bread, tea and macaroni.
– What is your most cherished dream? What are in your opinion the things you need at home in the first place?
Anna: My dream is to be able to work so that my children don't starve, and to give them an education. And not to be afraid that the house will collapse. We need any products that will save children from hunger, high-quality baby food for Nene, a blender to prepare baby food, as well as diapers and other hygiene products and clothes for children.
– Why did you decide to contact us?
Anna: I've heard a lot about the Fund and read about you. I have even seen your car before when you distributed food. Believe me, I have addressed a lot of people: political parties, foundations, non-governmental organizations, but only you have answered me and expressed your readiness to help. Thank you for this, dear friends!
– Almost all Georgia will learn about your family when we write about it. Would you like to meet some friends of the Fund?
Anna: Yes, we would love to meet good people.
Friends, as you can see, the large family is in extreme need. The family is in need of food, diapers, household appliances and beds! Let's support them, show mercy, give the children a chance to develop normally and have a happy childhood. You can personally visit this family and provide assistance. The children and their parents will be merely happy! Call Anna, find out about her needs, cheer her up, support her, tell her that she is not alone and that nobody will leave them alone in their trouble! It is very important.
Here is their address: Tbilisi, 12, Thirteen Assur Fathers St. Tel.: 568 96 13 05
Dear friends, Chernovetskyi Fund initiates a charitable action: to help Anna Stazhadze and her children. As you know, the Fund does not stop at one-time assistance. Without children, the country and people have no future. Take care of the younger generation! Help them survive! "Write them down" as your relatives. And we are sure that the Lord himself will bless you.
And be sure to repost our publication. Let all your friends know about the grief of this family! It is very important.
God gives us the opportunity to take care of people who are not able to do it themselves. Not all people are the same. And not everyone is as kind as we are. Please, do not pass aside the sorrow of others! Unhappy people are given to us from above so that we can prove our faith to the Almighty not in words but in deeds!
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