Sisters Sadinas is a religious order working with street children and others in the city of Tbilisi. In a small side street not far from the main avenues full of traffic and important buildings, we entered a scruffy small yard and were welcomed into a small hall and then into a room covered with children’s drawings.
There were clusters of children grouped around young women, draped against them, hugging them, hugging one another and smiling at us visitors, too. They have a welcoming centre here, where they can come and get attention, as well as doing some work to make up for their lack of schooling.
The children were eager to leave at 4:00pm, because they need to go home with at least 10 Gel ( 10 Euro?) from begging or they might be beaten by their parents. Before they left they sang to us, rough and boisterous singing.
We were told that they are from Azeri families, who have migrated from Azerbejzhan, and live in Tbilisi because they cannot beg in Azerbajzhan, now that it has become rich from oil wealth.
Some girls have been married very young (as young as 14) and bring their own children to the centre. ‘We are grandparents’ said one of the young women helpers, herself perhaps 30.