Tserovani’s Children of the Future

Author: Nino-Ana Samkharadze

In August 2008, war between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia shattered the life of thousands -- hundreds were killed, while still more had to leave their homes and lost everything. The village of Tserovani, located about an hour north of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, was built from scratch to provide a home to those families who cannot return to South Ossetia. Many of its roughly 8,000 residents are children, who, despite their families’ past, are holding onto their dreams.

Those born during or after the conflict have just the same hopes and dreams as any other child. They are doctors, dancers andsoccer players in the making. Some of them dream about traveling in space; others just imagine their future in the mountains where they can live immersed in nature.

Such is life that some will realize their goals, while many others will steer their dreams toward something else; just like me, a woman who once dreamed of becoming a fashion designer and ended up picking up a camera and making photography her passion.

Already, these children are working hard to pursue their own aspirations.

Nino-Ana Samkharadze was a trainer and a speaker for the Bookmobile. Bookmobile is a school bus converted into a mobile library, providing opportunities for the IDP settlements of Georgia to host a number of community activities. The bookmobile is not only a library, but an inspirational educational center on wheels.





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