September 10, 2009 — Grigol Beruchashvili and Medea Darchia spend most of their time at home in a little one room apartment with tiny kitchen and old, faded photos on the wall. Years ago this place used to be full of guests, family gatherings and hope for the future. They have lived through a tumultuous period, including civil war, the collapse of the Soviet Union , years of economic turmoil and the tragic death of their only son.
Now Grigol and Medea have no-one to take care of them. Their grandchildren live far from Tbilisi , and cannot travel to capital very often, and cannot afford to support their grandparents. For several years the old couple has been struggling to survive the stresses of everyday life and continuous ailments.
Salvation came through the government cash and health vouchers programs supported in part by the World Bank which target the poorest part of the population.