06 November 2009
March of the Do-gooders
My expectations were low. One of the few "institutions" that was carried over from soviet times successfully is that of organizers and bosses to put on shows for outsiders and talk the talk. My experience on my first brief foray into being one of those do-gooders on the gound was quite mediocre.
After visiting the IDP camp we traveled back to Tbilisi to see an orphanage, in part supported by Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, an organization my family has long been involved with. The Group supports families who have and who wish to adopt, as well as sponsors direct aid projects which benefit orphans and related infrastructure. This third photo is one of three siblings who were orphaned. The oldest was able to speak Russian with me, as he lived in Russia for a time, but in general the children could not understand me nor I them.
Some of the kids gather around an American nurse drawing hearts for them: