Dear brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues:
We send you our greetings from the Republic of Georgia from the Tbilisi YMCA. We are contacting you for both informing others unaware of our work about our operation in the former Soviet Republic, and to request assistance. We are seeking international volunteers for helping our ongoing projects, and we are seeking assistance in acquiring our own building.
For the last few years we have been very active making the most of what our friends abroad and here have contributed to us. We thank many of you that sent us books and literature in forming our YMCA library, and other assistance greatly appreciated by both us and those in the community that have richly benefited from you support. At this time we feel our services and programs, and the success of the work of the YMCA have caused us to out grow the small space we have been renting. The needs of Georgia and the work we done to reach out to the community still remain a major challenge for us, and we feel we should expand our work. This would require both assistance from concerned individual volunteers and financial support.
We would like to ask you if you or contacts you know could help us to work with us in achieving our goals. We would request help in obtaining our own building for the purpose of expanding programs and community services similar to other programs in many other international YMCA’s. We also hope to become more self-sufficient in possessing our own building, as we still continue to rent the rooms that house many of our community related activities and programs.
In starting our library program we have received considerable help from fellow members in the international YMCA community. Our library has been growing considerably and many people have benefited and utilize the library on a regular bases, although our free space for books have largely diminished.
One of our main objectives is to obtain a building for housing our library, which has out grown our rented rooms. We would also like to create a small mini-gym for the community, and develop other aspects of creating an international hostel to both accommodate international volunteers helping us here, and to service Georgian and international students studying in numerous universities in the Tbilisi area.
We would also like to have free rooms to help other community groups to have a location to conduct community related educational and cultural projects.
We also have many other ideas we would like to incorporate that require having a building in Tbilisi, and we would also be open to new ideas that others of you are implementing at your YMCA centers.
Our activities so far have been growing at enormous rate and you can visit our website to see the programs we have been involved with: www.tbilisiymca.ge
velvet revolution that ended President Shevardnadze’s rule over Georgia
in November 2003, we are hopeful that changes may take place to make our work
here easier through changing archaic remnants of soviet government policy, and
with making further social programs more accessible to the community. We are
also hopeful that this may be the right time to try to acquire and secure property
and a building that can serve the YMCA here for future generations.
If there is anyway you can help us we would appreciate any help in moving toward our goals for the future. We thank you for your support in helping our YMCA operation to exist and grow over the years.
Wishing you a very happy, healthy, and successful New Year.
With Best Wishes,
36a, Paliashvili Street,
Republic of Georgia
Phone: +995 32 251347
Fax: +995 32 250893