Marita Shikhashvili's report from the Tserovani settlement
Zviad Natadze/ refugee from Akhalgori
He’s been living in Tserovani from January 2009. Zviadi had to finish his last 12th class in city Mtskheta, because of the war between Georgia and Russia. He doesn’t want to continue studding.
Generally he’s doing sport, he goes in gym in Tbilisi, but doesn’t pay for this. The owner of the gym knows that he’s refugee.zviadi belives, that someday he will return in Akhalgori. When? – He has no idea, but does anybody have?
In Tserovani, the place where Zviadi lives, there’s nothong for entertainment. Every day the same monotony. Young boys made a square by themselves and called it a “stadium”. sometimes they play football there. Zviadi thinks that he will not be ableto live all his days in Tserovani, but at the same time he doesn’t know where to go.
Giorgi/ Didi Liakhvi Gorge
Giorgi is still at school in 10th class. He’s got mother and sister. His father died several years ago. He and his sister go in Tbilisi 56th school. His sister is in 8th class, they have to go to school every day as usually normal pupils do, but because of indigence and distance they can’t do that. Government provided Giorgi and his sister with manual books, but only partly. Like Zviadi, Giorgi is doing sport- he’s struggling. He also doesn’t pay for this. The reason is the same too. Giorgi hasn’t got any advantage from government yet.
Ia and Nona Gigauri are refugees from Akhalgori. After war their life goes on in Tserovani. During all days they are at home. We do only housework and that’s all, nothing to do here,- they said. They have already finished school and want to continue their studies in university, but they don’t have elementary possibility for this. There is American social program “Education for amploy smb on some work”. Nona and Ia have applied for this project and are waiting for the results. The objective of this project is to give a profession for young refigees with few economic abilitiesdrom 18 till 25 year. Youth can choose which course they prefer, computer skills, stylist, etc.
The regional government promised them that excellent students will get a job. So, they are waiting. It’s so hard not to understand Zviadi, who can’t limagine his future in Tsetovani . This youth want active life, but yet reality doesn’t give them any perspective amd still they live between hope and despair.