A little girl giggling in Kutaisi nursery school, Georgia.…
Elsewhere in Georgia is Giorgi, a dark-haired young man in his early twenties. He grew up in the SOS Village Kutasis, Georgia. He is working hard to make something of his life. Ever since he was tiny, Giorgi enjoyed helping. Rather than relaxing over the summer months or chilling out with friends on weekends, Giorgi was keen to be helping his SOS mother in the kitchen and with housework.
A little girl giggling in Kutaisi nursery school, Georgia.
Elsewhere in Georgia is Giorgi, a dark-haired young man in his early twenties. He grew up in the SOS Village Kutasis, Georgia. He is working hard to make something of his life.
Ever since he was tiny, Giorgi enjoyed helping. Rather than relaxing over the summer months or chilling out with friends on weekends, Giorgi was keen to be helping his SOS mother in the kitchen and with housework.
Giorgi captured the hearts of those around him. After primary school, he enrolled in class to learn hairstyling. He completed the course with high marks. Though his training was demanding and time-consuming, Giorgi found time for part time jobs.
Within days after getting his certificate, the children and youngsters lined-up for his hairstyling services. "I never said no to anyone, because although I did it for free, I was actually gaining loads of experience" recalls Gorgi.
Though Giorgi is a hairdressing talent, he found it hard to make a living from this, he explains: "I was always aware of the competition and the obstacles in the hairstyling industry. So, I took a bartending course as a backup."
Giorgi's persistence and hard work got him seasonal employments in many popular restaurants and bars around Tbilisi.
Then came a disappointing time...
"The manager of the restaurant where I worked informed me that due to low business in the winter months, he had to make staff cuts. Unfortunately for me, I was one of the laid off workers," explains Giorgi. But Gorgi soon came up with a plan, he decided to go back to school and earn my classical high school equivalency diploma.
With support from his SOS mother, Giorgi enrolled to preparatory courses for the national exams. He used his savings to pay for the courses. "One part of my savings comes from my salaries and the other from my sponsors' money gifts," says Giorgi. "I promised myself to give more than my best, because I'm not the only one who is investing in me."
The exams are coming soon and by then Giorgi will be very busy with his studying. Asked whether he's also considering university studies, he shortly says: "One step at a time. But, who knows..." The proud optimistic young adult concludes: "I always planned to one day spend my savings on something big. I can't imagine anything bigger than my future."
Lake Sevan in eastern Armenia.
I have found a few details to put this photo of landscape into context. The Republic of Armenia is situated in western Asia, between the Black and the Caspian seas. Armenia is a mountainous country with high peaks and volcanic plateaus. The countryside changes from desert-like foothills to alpine country within a few kilometres. The mountainous areas include deep valleys and the rivers there have very strong currents. The Araks River is the most important river, which forms a natural border with Iran and part of the border with Turkey.
The Caucasus Mountains in the north protect Armenia from the worst of Russia's harsh winters. The wettest season is from November to May, although Armenia does not get as much rain as neighbouring countries. The mountains in the south are usually covered with snow during winter, but the lower areas such as the Ararat Valley have a moderate climate and are very hot in the summer.
Since the country does not produce enough energy to meet the population's needs, a great portion of the forests have been felled, which is why only about 10% of the country is covered by woods. A great variety of wild flowers grow during the spring and summer.