Deinstitutionalisation of Children in Georgia

As I’ve already mentioned on this blog, in November last year I again ventured out with EveryChild, a British children’s charity with a country office in Georgia, to document the process of deinstitutionalisation in the country. The field trips also included returning to Kutaisi, which I had visited in 2007 for the Newport-Kutaisi Twinning Association and EveryChild.

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Working Tbilisi’s Streets

It was probably the least boring and most touching Second Day of Christmas I’ve ever spent: 26 December 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Two lawyers, a journalist/photographer, and an artist – between us 7 nationalities — took to the streets to meet some extraordinary kids. Extraordinary because of their lust for life, the capacity to flirt with and attract strangers, and their sense of business as well as knowledge of various languages at a very young age. But also extraordinary because of the conditions they are forced to live in.

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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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Three Weeks before the Presidential Election in Georgia

With a little over three weeks to go before the 27 October Presidential Election in Georgia, I decided to take my camera out with me on a little stroll to buy an extension cable for my desktop PC. To be honest, there's little sign on the streets so far that a presidential election is imminent, but there are at least some. Schools have been identified as polling stations, election campaign offices have been opened, and there are a few posters and electronic billboards around.

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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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