Abkhazia finding itself in the
centre of geopolitical interests of the world powers endured
burden of the modern war. In this trouble it didn“t remain in loneliness.
People of the good will and first of all brothers from the Nothern Caucasus
lent it a helping hand. People“s memory will keep forever names of volunteers
who sacrificed their lives to the victory. We, adults, are eternally indebted
to the heros“ children. Fund of Abkhazia“s Youth and Centre of Humanitarian
Programs (non-government charity organization) worked out a project of
a rest camp in Pitsunda for children of volunteers killed during Georgian-Abkhaz
war. The main object of the project is consolidation of relationship between
Abkhazes and brotherly Adyg and Vaynakh peoples. This idea was supported
by Council of Ministers of Republic of Abkhazia in the frame of Law «On
social protection of invalids and families suffered in Patriotic War in
Abkhazia of 1992-1993» which gave necessary amount of money for feeding
and Boarding Houses Association Management of resort «Pitsunda» (R. Bagapsh
and V. Argun) undertook to pay for staying.
Employee of Fund of Youth Ramil Azhiba was sent to the Nothern Caucasus
in order to make a list of children and solve problems of organization.
In this work a deputy of Karachai-Circassian Republic“s Parliament, Hero
of Abkhazia, Mukhamed Kilba, representatives of Republic of Abkhazia in
Kabardin-Balkaria and Adygeia Vyacheslav Ardzinba and Anton Arshba rendered
help to him.
24 children and 15 adults from Kabardin-Balkaria and Adygeia already
rested in Pitsunda (August 13-25, 1997). Unfortunately, representatives
of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria didn“t take part in this project for reasons
that didn“t depend on us.
Members of Fund of Youth (Vyacheslav Bartsits, Alexey Archelia, Vadim
Mishelia, Simon Kvitsinia, Akhra Smyr) arranged for children trips, sporting
and cultural undertakings. Employees of Centre of Humanitarian Programs
(Elena Kokhabia, Aida and Anzhelika Ladaria) arranged for them studies
according to the method of «game therapy» - system of psychologic, relaxing,
teaching games which permit children to express their emotional state,
develop their communication abilities, memory, etc. Senior referent of
Republic of Abkhazia`s Council of Ministers Nodar Pilia. Irina Mikvabia
from Ministry of education actively helped to him.
Almost every day representatives of Movement of Abkhazia“s mothers,
Children“s Fund, administrations, dance ensembles, writers went with gifts
to the children. In Sukhum the children met with representatives of Council
of Ministers, Administration of the city.
It was a pilot project. Analysis of the camp“s functioning revealed
shortcomings which will be eliminated in the future. In 1998 beaches of
Pitsunda will be filled with joyful voices of children for whom Abkhazia
became the second homeland. We plan to expand the project, it is possible
that it will be a family camp. Children of volunteers will feel warmth
of grateful hearts.
Employee of Centre of Humanitarian Programs
Republic of Abkhazia, Sukhum