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Some 40 street children and at-risk children celebrated New Year with entertainment, reception of new winter clothing and a nutritious meal at the Basti-Bubu entertainment centre in the Georgian capital Tbilisi recently.
The children, aged from 5 up to 15 years of age from the World Vision Learning the principles of First Emergency Care Project and the ‘Sparrows’ day and night shelter run by the Child and Environment NGO, were able to enjoy a one day celebration away from a life of hardship and constant struggle.
‘I am very happy that I am attending this event. At first I did not think it would be so much fun , but now I am having great time here.’ said 12 year old Tamar.
The children chosen for the celebrations reflected the diverse ethnic mix of children to be found living on the streets of the Georgian capital – Roma, Azerbaijani, Georgian and Russian children all celebrated together.
‘We were fortunate enough to receive an appropriate budget from the OSCE in order to purchase winter jackets and hats for all of the children. Given the harsh winter that we all face, this event was a lucky chance to facilitate the provision of appropriate clothing for these children and decrease the health risks they face from sleeping in the streets. ‘ said Brenda Bogaert, ‘Learning the principles of First Emergency Care’ Project Manager.
‘As a result of the event, trust between the mobile team and these children was increased, which is important for future identification and assistance provision to street children through WV projects.’ added Bogaert.
The project aims at facilitating the increase of capacity of street and at-risk children to avoid the risks and dangers regarding their health and life. The project increases public awareness concerning first emergency aid through trainings, information campaigns and media.