“The soul is healed by being with children” – I have never felt the strength of these words by Dostoevsky before like this…

37281798_10214348352355761_7038751739381547008_nToday, in the morning I have an activity for children in the Ilheu garden.

This place is really amazing because you can see from there the ocean and the city with mountains at the same time, also, there are many flowers and trees.

I woke up and I was looking forward to go soon there and to see children because I wanted to teach them a bit GE words during the game.

I was also a bit excited, but it was not strange.


I took one Turkish volunteer, Tugba with me, to help me and to take photos during the games.



Now a bit more about games and  GE words: In the beginning, I taught them,  how to say good morning in GEORGIAN language, It was so funny because everybody laughing and saying » Dilamshvidobisa « the same and different time, after it, we started to play » Tsreshi burti», so, I had to divide   them into two group, so I taught  them how to count in GE : erti – one and ori- two.  They all were so happy and cheerful, that filled me with positive energy.


after finishing this game, more small girls run to me and hugged,  despite being a bit sick, their smiles made me glad and  I forgot my pain.



The next game was » Nela iare, shors tsakhval « in English – means walk slowly, you will go farther – I just said translation and using this sentence during the game, they had to stop after I finishing my sentence like a statue, if I saw them moving, they had to go back to the beginning destination.  I really enjoyed this game and children also, for sure.


We also played one more Georgian game and at the end, the truth is that I forgot about time with them, because I didn’t realize, that lunchtime came, so I taught them how to say thanks and goodbye in Georgian language and I came back with Tugba in Metaphora.



To sum up:  “The soul is healed by being with children” – Writes Dostoevsky in his book and it is true, children are born to be happy and to make other people happy too.  They made my day with their beautiful smile and warmest hug. 



Ani Sparsiashvili


Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Voluntary Service – Erasmus+
To know more: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

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