“Care for Future” – Saving Lives of the Lost
15 November, 2012

Large-scale children Institutions, or Post-Soviet orphanages, are being closed and turned gradually into the Small Group Homes (SGH), as we were writing in previous issues. However, this article is about the positive initiative of the Foundation Natakhtari and Association “Our House-Georgia” s joint project “Care for Future”, whose main aim is to care for the orphans and those who lack the parental care and help them to get prepared to the independent life. 

The statistics was collected and it was decided

to choose 16, 17 and 18 age categories of children on the first stage, considering the fact that they are the closest people who will be left without the state service. Following 6-month work of psychologists, all cases were discussed individually. Sixty-eight children were pointed out.

The company Natakhtari has offered the training courses for 17-18 years old of age children in its distribution network with the perspective for consequent employment as well as the plan of individual service has been elaborated for all children. The representatives of the company admit that the activities within the project are being implemented step by step and in accordance to respective needs. The interests and initiatives of each child represent the project’s main basis and action plan.

Within the project “Care about Future”, in September the following services have been fulfilled: preparing for entering high educational institutions; mastering professional skills in colleges; training courses with perspective for future employment and developing sports interests.

Out of 19 large institutions, only 2 are left. The rest of the children are fostered, reintegrated into biological families or kept in Small Group Homes. The last are the projects’ target audience. Lela Merabishvili, Director of Association “Our Home- Georgia” says that according to their research, there were 255 children, but on the first stage, they accentuated on 16-17-18 most vulnerable age groups, which constitutes 68 children.

Manana Omarashvili, Psychologists’ Team Leader at “Care for Future” project noted: “Five psychologists are working in different regions of Georgia in three directions: researching cognitive processes, which gives us the picture whether he/she can receive university education or just the professional skills; the second trend is the personal factors, including will, sense of  responsibility, etc. and the third one is their congeniality to this or that tasks – what work they will be best at. The second is the most problematic and my recommendation is that psychologists should start working with smaller children, as they do not have any skills and habits for working or studying because of their hard times they have passed.“

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