Jejili - Youth Centre
The Youth Centre for risk group children was opened
formerly industrial region in Western Georgia in 2001 with the financial support of
UNICEF and the assistance of the local authorities. Chiatura is a town affected by
poverty, unemployment and hopelessness, with many families living in extreme poverty and
a large number of orphaned children. The assistance of these children through their
involvement in healthy life and useful activities is vital for their survival, which is
the goal pursued by the Youth Centre.
the five-year operation of the Centre, around 1200 children were provided with the
rehabilitation assistance, thanks to which many of them escaped physical and spiritual
At present, the Centre, within the Rebuilding Lives Projectsupported by Save the Children/USAID and in the building
repaired under the same grant, is providing assistance to 150 children aged 6 to 17.
supplies children with clothes, shoes, hygiene items, and provides them with
medical care. Annual check-up of the children and their families is conducted by a
multidisciplinary team of doctors from Tbilisi equipped with the required facilities.
Daily medical care is ensured by the Centre doctor, while emergency assistance is
provided by the Childrens Hospital #2 in Tbilisi.
Sport and Entertainment
The children play football, volleyball and basketball with great enthusiasm. They have
all the equipment and a nice courtyard to enjoy playing. The residents of the Centre
are also taught chess and checkers. In summer they swim in the river, go on excursions
UNICEF granted three computers to the Youth Centre.
Six days a week two teachers offer practical training to the children who
are eager to acquire computer skills.
The children of all ages are actively involved in
painting classes. The Centre puts emphasis on the application and
development of the childrens creative abilities. The paintings reveal
the childish dreams of the residents of the Centre and sometimes their
The pictures painted by the Jejili residents have been
exhibited in Tbilisi and Kutaisi.
Drama classes are particularly enjoyable: the children stage sketches and
puppet shows in which they themselves animate puppets. In one of the
performances they acted together with the children from Centre Beghurebi.
Such activity is useful in many ways as it allows children to become
small actors/actresses, to enhance speech and acquire recitation
Enjoy with some tips of our concert, Tbilisi, Vake park, June 1, 2005.
are taught to perform folk songs and dances, and play traditional instruments
(chonguri and panduri) and the guitar. The most gifted sing in a choir. As asked by the
children, professional teachers give them classes in Latino American and Gipsy dances.
Two residents of the Centre are now members of the Youth company of Georgian traditional
songs in Sachkhere.
The Centre children can sew, embroider and knit; they make fine beadworks, postcards,
souvenirs, bags, slippers, etc. This quiet activity enhancing their self-realization
ability is very helpful the skills will be useful to them in their future housework
and may also inspire them to start small businesses.
The children are taught the fundamentals of journalism at special
classes twice a week. Television and radio programmes concerning the
childrens rights and their implementation prepared by themselves are
often broadcast locally.
Future journalists also edit their own wall newspaper. They made commentary
about Jejili exhibition in Chiatura and report about their dancers' and singers'
concert in Vake park, Tbilisi, June 1, 2005.
Professional Skills Development (Vocational Training)
The Centre provides training in repair of electric appliances, minor
carpentry and wood carving.Each year about seven-eight children go to the
driving school, the cost of which is covered by the Centre. Two girls
have already acquired hairdressing skills, the other two will soon finish
the training. In near future, the elder children will be trained
in sewing, tile lining and sanitary engineering.
The Centre regularly arranges intellectual quizzes, competitions among
creative classes, events including those dedicated to the New Year,
Mothers Day, etc. The Jejili residents take part in city-wide events,
joint performances (i.e. a performance staged in the Beghurebi Centre)
and in exhibitions. The choir of traditional songs and dances has
across the region.
Above all we remembered our participation in the children's festival
'Let's Begin Together' - the event dedicated to the International
Children's Day, June 01,2005, Vake Park, Tbilisi initiated by Save
and funded by USAID
children and children living in the poorest families suffer from various psychological
problems, including obstructed cognitive abilities and impoverished perception and
emotions, and are therefore in constant need of assistance. The psychologist of the
Centre studies the problems, designs psychological portraits of each child, works with
the children in groups and individually, carries out their psycho-diagnostics and