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“We sold hair to buy food.”

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July 25, 2021
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“Ma’am, look. I used to have very long hair. Down to here,” - says 10-year-old Sofiko and points to her back. - "But I cut it off."
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$ 875.32
( 196 Donors )
Project completed!

The most "princess’" bed for little Cecily...


“Oh, what a beautiful bed Cecily has! It's "princess’ bed"! When I saw it, I immediately thought that she would not have to sleep in a bad bed, like me and Sopho, and I was very happy. Cecily is so little and would not be able to sleep on the floor with our mother,” little Salome tells me. She fluffs the soft pillows in her sister's bed and looks at me with her mischievous eyes. You can see how happy she is with so many gifts.

Cecily is happy - her teddy bear friends are by her.

And the older sister - Sopho - quickly puts on her blue tracksuit and shows it to me: “Look! Do you think it suits me? An aunt with the same name as me, brought it to me. All Sophos are kind like me, right?! Well, I think so…”

These two little Rapunzels are 9 and 11 years old. I named them both Rapunzel because they have long and beautiful hair. They decided to help their family, which was on the verge of starvation: they cut off their hair, sold it, and bought food with the money they earned. They also have a brother - Irakli, who dreams to become a farmer and have a lot of chickens so that his parents and sisters never go hungry.

Our Fund published a post about the large Tsetskhladze family on July 25:

Irakli shows me an electric kettle and assures me that the water in it boils very quickly, and it took a long time on the woodstove: you had to light it, then you had to wait until it warmed up. Irakli was even late to school. Their daily diet was so meager that they often had to have only bread and tea alone.

- Shorena, first of all, I want to congratulate you on the birth of a new family member. You have a wonderful baby girl. It’s a real happiness! Can you tell us about Cecily?

"Cecily makes us happy”

Shorena: You are right, I gave birth to my fourth child - my fourth joy. I had quite a difficult pregnancy, and when I was eight months pregnant, I had to have a C-section. Despite these problems, the girl was born perfectly healthy, 50 centimeters tall and weighing 2 kilograms 700 grams. Every day I thank God for giving me another child. All five of us dote on Cecily. My husband says I act like it's my first child. It is true. She is my fourth child, but she made me feel again the happiness I experienced when Irakli, Sopho, and Salome were born. My children and my family are my happiness. I have nothing else.

- Shorena, as far as I see your children are happy with the gifts.

Shorena: Sure! They had not eaten sweets for so many months. They didn't have normal clothes. Not to mention home appliances. When I saw a gas stove and kitchen appliances, I did not know what to do with joy, what to unpack first. But who let me do that? While I was coming to my senses, my children opened all the boxes. (Laughs.)

“Well, what is there? I have a blender. Do you have a kettle? Yes!”и

Many thanks to your Fund and all those people who gave less to their children and have given to mine instead! To those who helped us even with one lari and made my angels so happy.

Very soon I became unable to breastfeed Cecily... What kind of milk could I have when I was starving and was deprived of vitamins? That’s why, these cereals made me infinitely happy - this is food for my baby.

“Cecily likes cereals, but we don’t have the opportunity to buy them often”

And also, baby creams… Where would I get the money for such a luxury? But our biggest joy became the crib-playpen. And we needed gas stove so badly! Oh, I don't know how to list them all. I am very, very grateful!

“We have never got so many gifts at once”

- Shorena, have you made new friends? Did anyone else respond? Who do you particularly remember?

Shorena: People called me - they were concerned about our situation. Maya Chenek came to visit us from Tbilisi. She brought us a lot of groceries: flour, sugar, rice, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweets, fruits. She made my children happy with beautiful clothes. Many thanks to this wonderful woman! Maya also brought us a cake. Irakli is a real cake fan, and everyone has already heard about it. (Laughs.)

You heard my girl talking about Sopho, didn't you? This is Mrs. Sofiko - an immensely warm and kind person, she visited us twice. The first time she brought clothes for my children. The second time she came to Irakli’s birthday and brought him a very beautiful cake. Mrs. Lali - Lali Liluashvili, the noblest person, came along with her.

Irakli: Do you know how delicious the cake was?! I really wanted it to not end. I had the happiest birthday ever!

Shorena: I can't help but mention Mrs. Theona, who visited us with her family in September. She brought toys: balls, badminton, and stuff for school. School was about to start, and I had no way to buy anything for my children to get prepared for the upcoming school year.

Many thanks to Sopho, Maya, Teona, and a lot of other kind people who take care of poor mothers with many children like me. To those who do not think, like others: why give birth to children if there is no income?! How do they know what I had to go through?! 

I had no children for many years until the Lord gave me Irakli. I begged and cried for years: “God, give me a child, let me experience the happiness of motherhood. I promise to raise as many children as you give me, no matter how difficult it’ll be.” 

The Lord heard my prayers and I got pregnant. It was just the New Year. We call Irakli a New Year's gift! But when I was two months pregnant, the doctors said that I urgently had to get rid of the baby because I had a virus. They assured me that if I did not do an abortion, the child would be born sick. I did not listen to them... I wanted to have a child so much that I could not have an artificial abortion and kill my own, albeit sick, child!

I said: “I will give birth to him. This is my child, a gift from God, and I will accept him as he is.” Irakli was born perfectly healthy. The Lord is Great and Almighty! I trusted Him, and He gave me four angels, one more beautiful than the other. I live for them! They are my wealth. I don't dream of anything else. I want only one thing, so that they live in comfort and do not starve. Until my husband Zaur's health condition worsened, life was easier. He can no longer work as he used to.

- What disease does he have?

Shorena: He had been ill with tuberculosis - his lungs got severely damaged. In addition, he has diabetes. We have no means to treat him. We have no money even for a piece of bread - what kind of doctor and health can we talk about.

- Shorena, do the authorities help you? Was there any feedback from them after the post was published?

Shorena: Unfortunately, they are too busy to notice us. We received one call from the administration, they told us: “We help you with a free canteen, and that’s enough…”

In addition, as you probably know, children under three years old can’t be enrolled at this canteen. As if a child under three years of age does not need to eat.

- Shorena, can I talk to your children? Which one of you to start with?

Irakli: With me, I'm the eldest! I am a good boy!

- Why do you consider yourself a good boy?

Irakli: I help my parents, collect firewood when we are cold.

- Are you often cold?

Irakli: Yes. We often have no firewood. Then mom wraps us in a quilt, a blanket, and we warm each other.

– Irakli, what gift did you enjoy the most?

Irakli: Everything was amazing, especially the cake. I also enjoyed the teapot. Do you know how long we haven't eaten sweets?! I am grateful to everyone who helped us.

– Sopho, what gift did you like the most?

Sopho: I liked clothes. When I opened them, I tried them on for an hour - there were a lot of clothes, and everything was beautiful. Sofiko brought it to me. I want to send her many kisses, she made me so happy. Everyone in my class is dressed nicely, but I... I never had anything.

I also liked the gas stove. We will cook soups faster. I don't like soups, but we can't cook anything else. Other food is expensive. And my parents don't have money.

“I will try to cook a delicious dinner for us, and delicious porridge for Cecily!”

Salome: And I was happy that our little sister would not be hungry, like us.  And she will sleep softly! Thank you for buying Cecily such a "princess’" bed.

– Shorena, I know you need a lot more. What worries you the most right now?

Shorena: My biggest pain is the state of our house. We live on 14 square meters. But who cares about the size of the room when our house collapses on our heads! Literally. In summer, snakes are our frequent guests. I keep an eye out so they don't bite anyone. In winter we shiver from the cold. When it rains, there are puddles all over the house. During a strong wind, my children tremble with fear. You hear such sounds that it seems that everything is about to collapse. Who will give us a house? But if anyone would help us at least with building materials, then we can do something with our own hands. As a man, I would help my husband, and we would manage to fulfill the cherished dream of our children.

Salome: I want a pink room. I would live there with my sisters.


Children have nothing - what a pink room you can talk about. They take turns attending online classes through their mother's phone. Shorena’s brother gave her this phone, so that the children would not fall behind in their studies.

Kind people! Take the situation of this family to heart. These children need your help! Two little Rapunzels grow their hair not to look like princesses, but to save themselves from wicked witches - hunger and cold. At least for a few days! Let's not let these children become victims of hunger, cold and reptiles!

If you have a heavy heart because of everyday problems or unresolved issues, as a distraction just see our posts on Facebook, or better call any of our beneficiaries, and all your problems will seem unimportant to you, compared with the problems of those to whom you opened your kind heart and helped in the most difficult moment of their lives.

Our problems are noting if compared... Here are true misfortunes, in front of your eyes! Just thank the Lord for what you have. You are the happiest person in the world! Remember this and help those in need.

Unfortunately, problems of this and other families do not end here and now... Therefore, from time to time, look through the stories of unhappy people on our website, talk to them. Every time you dial the Phone of an unhappy person, God is blessing you! For sure! Go on helping these families! This is the best service to the Lord!

Friends, there is one more request: if you know about the misfortune of a neighbor or friend do a godly deed, drop us an email at:

Your kindness is a chance for yourself to be happy in everything!

Friends, thanks again to all!

Our Fund’s accounts are:




(purpose: The Tsetskhladze family)

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It is also possible to transfer money from TBCpay and ExpressPay terminals. Find our Fund under "Charity" section (You can read more about rights and responsibilities of the Fund following the link ).

We have already helped thousands of disadvantaged people! Let’s support this family too! And who knows, maybe someday we ourselves will need help of strangers! Life is always unpredictable!

We have good news for you - now you can read the stories of our beneficiaries on Instagram: and Telegram:

Even if you dial once this special number, it might save someone's life: 0901 200 270! God bless you!

Let's believe that helping others, we take care of our own souls and draw closer to Lord through the suffering that we share with them!

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