Youth Groups in Tsintskaro
The 24 year old Nana Stepliani, daughter of Tsiuri Devdariani, is one of the younger villagers, who are trying to work actively on community problems, as well. Because of all the work Nora, Neli and Tsiuri already did together with the women in their aid groups until that point in time, the young IDPs were motivated and felt the desire to create their own youth groups to address problems concerning their needs and issues. This is why the Taso Foundation intensively started working with youth groups of volunteers in Tsintskaro since 2011, simultaneously to the work with the women groups. — The work with the younger generation is an important field of the organization, and both groups are kind of obliged to mutually support each other.
Because of her experiences with voluntary work and the participation in many meeting of the women’s groups, Nana basically became the head of the youth groups, even though they are still monitored by Nino. „All the kids and young people are involved as volunteers“, Nana says, and one of her main aims is getting to know young people from other villages. The youth groups managed to meet them, and they shared informations to raise awareness about the circumstances in Tsintskaro. After writing a monthly newspaper in the past, a yearlong summery about the work the youth groups do, including articles and pictures, is written now. „We haven’t published it yet, because we need a color printer so the published pictures will turn out well“, Nana explains, so one of the main focuses of the youth group is receiving a grant for that device.
Self-contribution is an important aspect, and more important for the youth in Tsintskaro, as someone just giving them directions. By enabling contributive participation, the young people of the village realize, that they have an important role in the society. An example that Nino Ugrekhelidze mentions for that, is the renovation of a building in Tsintskaro. Here, the members of the youth groups were the ones who were painting the walls, and choosing the colors; they were the ones to decide about the placement of furniture and especially this appreciation makes the children take even more care of their achievements and reinforces the voluntaristic spirit. — Because of all the previous voluntary work Nana did, she was supposed to monitoring the projects that were given grants.