Welcome to the website of Camillians in Georgia. Father Akaki Chelidze, Father Paweł Dyl, Father Zygmunt NiedĽwiedĽ, Camillian Sisters, the Lay Camillian Family and volunteers from around the world serve the poor and the sick coming from that beautiful Caucasian country.
About our work
When I came to Georgia I started working with people who were poor and in need, who came to our polyclinic every day and, apart from medical help, they asked for basic things, most often for food.
At the moment I am working with disabled persons. I met a lot of them when I visited needful people. Unfortunately, it is difficult to dedicate time to each of them and to change anything in their lives, if they have been isolated from the society for ten or even more years and the only thing they did was watching TV - if they had it. That is why an idea to build a daily stay home for these people was born. It is easier to transport them to one place in order to show them that they are not alone; an additional advantage of such a centre is a possibility to organize therapy classes.
Currently there are 25 children, divided into 3 groups, who attend our office. The first group consists of physically disabled at the age of 15 - 30. The older ones have also joined this group because of their family situation and they function rather as those, who help the other ones, and not as patients. This group has such classes as: individual computer course, embroidery, crochet, sewing course and practical classes led by assistants of psychotherapy during which they create different things from materials, bottles, Plasticine, etc. There is also a possibility to take part in additional classes such as "Meetings with poetry" or in games involving agility as well as mind. Once a week this group takes part in the meetings of young people, "Catholic Charismatic Renewal" which was set up by father Pawel Szczepanek. When I talk to them, they say that they are very happy because they can pray together with others, regardless of faith or nationality. Most of them are Ormians, living in Georgia, and members of the Orthodox Church. For them it is the only contact with religion, Word of God and Church.
Children with mental disability are divided into two groups. They work together with a psychologist, a psychiatrist and assistants during following classes: music therapy, practical classes, games, plays and biology lessons. They also go through a basic school course as most of them are illiterate. We develop their skills and abilities to cope with basic activities such as: washing, dressing, etc. I am very glad that those children feel fulfilled when being in group, make progress and gain the acceptance of others. Earlier they were isolated at their homes, spending time only with their parents, now they can develop and gain new self-confidence.
We are already having talks about this new centre for disabled - it will be one storey, without barriers for wheelchairs and with classrooms adapted to particular activities.
But each of our ideas involves enormous expenses. We do everything to gain as much money as possible. We look for sponsors and people of goodwill, who care for the fate and future of children in our care. That is why we turn to you for help. Each contribution, even a small one, is for us very important and very precious. We ask for both financial help as well as for prayers.
brother Robert Kukułka