Street Kids of Tbilisi — ქუჩის ბავშვები თბილისში

As 2013 draws to a close I find myself ending it as I started — working on the issue of street children in Georgia, and particularly Tbilisi. It’s a personal endeavour so I haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as I’d like, but even so I’ve built up some close bonds with children working on the streets over the past year and plan to work more thoroughly on their situation in 2014.

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Another visit to Tbilisi’s Catholic Armenians

As I mentioned in a previous post, a message posted to a mailing list saw me pay a visit to an Armenian Catholic center in Tbilisi. Although Armenians are mainly Apostolic, Catholic Armenians are still an important minority in both Armenia and Georgia. Today’s return visit wasn’t just to photograph the kids at the center, however. It was also to help them with their English language skills.

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Catholic Armenians in Tbilisi

One thing I like about Georgia is its diversity. Even though over 80 percent of the population is ethnic Georgian — albeit with diversity even among themselves — ethnic Azeris, at 6.5 percent of the population. and ethnic Armenians, at 5.7 percent, are the two largest minority communities. [...] So, when Molly Corso, an American journalist based in Tbilisi and currently researching an article on Catholic Armenians in Georgia, sent out the following message I was naturally interested.

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Vardashen Special Educational Complex

More from the archive on children in residential care in Armenia, but this time the Vardashen Special Educational Complex in Yerevan for children with ‘behavioral disorders.’ In 2003, working in cooperation with MSF-France who used some of my photographs for their advocacy campaign in Armenia, I managed to get permission to photograph in Vardashen.

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Yerevan’s Boarding School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Yesterday’s post on children in institutions in Georgia reminded me of the work I’ve done on the same issue in Armenia. And recent news about the achievements of one former pupil makes it relevant to post first on Yerevan’s Boarding School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Unfortunately, other news from earlier this year also makes the post timely as the school still remains in need of assistance and support.

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