Newsletter December 2014

                                                                                                           December 9, 2014
Dear Friends,
We are so grateful for your support since AFG’s founding in 1994. The needs met, and the
progress made, for improving the basic living conditions of vulnerable Georgians makes
me very proud of American compassion and friendship offered to help Georgians facing
struggles we can barely imagine.
Child with leukemia in Art Rehabilitation Program

Child with leukemia in Art Rehabilitation Program

Manana Chubinidze wrote in honor of American Friends of Georgia’s 20th anniversary ( in bold text below). After the loss of their young daughter to leukemia, she and her husband Gocha Mikiashvili founded the International Assistance Fund for the Children Suffering from Leukemia. I met them in 2001 and they asked me for assistance. AFG has worked to better the treatment of children with leukemia in Georgia ever since at the Hematology-Oncology Center in the Iashvili Children’s Hospital in Tbilisi. We also were instrumental in the development of the Parents House at the hospital.

Child with leukemia in Hematology-Oncology Center, Iashvili Children’s Hospital in Tbilisi

Child with leukemia in Hematology-Oncology Center, Iashvili Children’s Hospital in Tbilisi

“Twenty years in Charity – it’s a significant
milestone and You should be proud of the continuous humanitarian assistance tothe most vulnerable citizens of the country of Georgia. By the support of AFG
and personal effort of Marusya Chavchavadze and Lena Kiladze enabled us to invite art therapists, to teach the children various crafts. Until now children are engaged in such activities as painting, modeling, sewing, knitting, music, theater… , thus enhancing their self-esteem, confidence, helps children to overcome the difficulties connected to the treatment and meanwhile, after leaving the hospital, make easy the natural joining of them in active life. We are grateful for the happiness you have brought into Children’s lives. We thank you for Your friendship, trust and high esteem. We look forward to a longstanding and fruitful cooperation in the years to come.” –
Manana Chubinidze
Drawing by child staying in Parents House while undergoing treatment for leukemia

Drawing by child staying in Parents House while undergoing treatment for leukemia

AFG has been involved in a number of different aspects at the leukemia hospital:
·AFG’s 2007 Gala in Tbilisi raised $40,000 which led to the purchase of 17 infusion
and perfusion pumps to better regulate chemotherapy for children treated for
leukemia and lymphoma
· AFG provided funds during 4 years to send 7 Georgian children with leukemia needing radiation treatment to Freiburg, Germany and 1 child needing surgery to Israel
· AFG assisted Cordaid Foundation of the Netherlands to build in 2010 the only Parents House in Georgia, modeled on the Ronald McDonald House, where children undergoing lengthy leukemia treatment and their parents can stay comfortably
· AFG’s Gala in Tbilisi and funds raised in the US continue to provide for the children’s Art Rehabilitation Program to lift the spirits of children fighting leukemia

Please help us to continue to support the Hematology-Oncology Center and our other worthy projects assisting the most vulnerable children and elderly in Georgia.

Happy Holidays!  

Sincerely,
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Marusya Chavchavadze
 Executive Director

P.S. Remember, without your help, AFG will not be able to reach the most vulnerable citizens of Georgia and provide the services they need. Please consider AFG in your year-end giving plans!

Lena Kiladze with children in Parents House in Tbilisi

Lena Kiladze with children in Parents House in Tbilisi

You can make a tax deductible donation securely online through our website www.afgeorgia.org or by sending a check to American Friends of Georgia, P.O. Box 1200, Truro, MA 02666.

Thank you so much for your generous support of these projects that are giving hope to traumatized
people facing great difficulty!