Friday, December 15, 2017

On the seventh day of Christmas ....

Many children are placed in orphanages simply because there is no other child care available for working parents , or worse, they are left home alone all day .  We have been working with village officials to solve this by opening a kindergarten / day care that will have room for up to 200 kids from the surrounding villages. 

bringing in bunk beds 

standing in front of the newly renovated building 

The cost of such a project is huge .. We have supplies beds, fridges, stoves, ovens and washing machines , close to $5000 worth of furnishings .  The opening was still $10 000 from completion .  With another NGO a plan was hatched that if we could find 10 NGO's or businesses to each raise $1000 we could be ready to open.  I agreed to this on the condition that I was the last donor  this time .  Once it was  $1000 away from opening we would bring money to the table .  

I just received word that the others have all come through and that the final supplies have been ordered .  The community families are even having a big open house yard sale to raise funds for stocking the shelves .   

What a great lasting gift to a community.  one that will make a real difference in kids lives, not home alone, and not growing up in an orphanage ..  If your family, business, service group or church group would be interested in helping with this, 200 kids will have the care they need . 

US pay pal .. please use the link below

from Canada please use Canada helps link below 

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

on the sixth day of Christmas.

Six geese a laying    
That’s right for just $10 we can give a family a nice big plump goose.   What a great way to help an underprivileged family come together over the holidays over a great meal .   You can make this happen by making a donation now. 

US pay pal .. please use the link below

from Canada please use Canada helps link below 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

On the fifth day of Christmas .....


This year we have given out 100 tons of coal, but the needs are still there in a big way. with trade disputes the coal shortage has been crippling to do many .  Not just the poor, but now everyone is effected by the shortage.  we are continually coming across families needing help.  That's why your gift of 5 bags of coal could be a life saver for someone struggling to heat their home at this time   $40 could make all the difference in the world .  What better way to warm the heart of a loved one then to warm the home of a struggling family this Christmas season 

US pay pal .. please use the link below

from Canada please use Canada helps link below 

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Monday, December 11, 2017

On the 4th day of Christmas

4 calling  cards!

Having the ability to keep in touch is such an important thing that so many of us take for granted.   It is a big world out there and we have so many to worry about.  Kids going to appointments, struggling families with sick kids or seniors on there own.  Air time is not the luxury we tend to think it is , but rather it is a life line.   And it works both ways. Our team the dr’s and the care givers we work with all rely on cell phones to keep in contact with those we are helping.  Even a gift of $5 is enough to save a life if it’s on the right phone.   If we have air time we can put it on the individuals phones at times of crisis or concern.   

US pay pal .. please use the link below

from Canada please use Canada helps link below 

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

On the third day of Christmas ... Three french hens

As you have seen many times here on the blog the gift of live animals can be an incredible blessing to families in need ..Goats and cows for milk, but a special blessing is a few chickens. They are easy to care for and provide eggs for protein and if things get especially bad over the winter they can be eaten.   

If you would like to bless a family in need this winter in a tangible way , you can buy them a few chickens to add to a Christmas food hamper .. At $25 for three,  this is a great gift for the person who is hard to shop for. 


US pay pal .. please use the link below

from Canada please use Canada helps link below 

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

On the second day of Christmas ..

a great big party !

 With the interest in the pie challenge beginning to dwindle, We are reexamining what we will be able to do for Christmas for so many of the orphanages and families that we work with.   

We have a popcorn machine and with the help of people like bubbles the clown as a headline attraction, we can bring a lot of joy to many.  

The cost for the entertainment like bubbles is between $100 and $125 for the day by the time we get supplies and transportation out from the city . 

Perhaps sponsoring the main attraction for one of these parties is something you would be interested in .   
bubbles the clown entertaining the kids 

kids at the farm making and packing bags and bags of popcorn to bring to the orphanages 

Friday, December 08, 2017

The 12 days of Christmas

As we approach Christmas every year I have people contact us for some special gift ideas for that hard to shop for person.  Sponsoring Christmas for underprivileged families, animals for others, food deliveries and parties for orphanages or special days for the seniors.  There is no end to the ways you can make a lasting impact in someone’s life.  For the next 12 days  , every day I will post a gift idea here and when sponsored we will meet the need and post it right here on the blog. 
Here is a need to get us started  . 

On the first day of Christmas :
Look at those awesome new windows going in at the hospital.  It may be cold out side but at least 10 of the rooms are nice and warm.   We have 20 more windows to do as funds become available.    The cost to complete one room is just $125. Maybe this would be a good Christmas gift for the person who has everything.   

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Emergency situation --- help needed fast

We are looking for some emergency care!   We just received a call that the niece of a young man we know fell from the 9th story.   Details are still sketchy, but for her to get the emergency treatment she needs and the blood transfusions, they must come up with $400 ..She lives with her grandmother so there are little funds available .  Tomorrow is payday for the farm  so I do have some money in country that we could advance right away if someone out there can help with this ... 

If you can help please let me know right away . 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Campaign against violence

 Campaign against violence --   another initiative with Olga. 

We will give lectures about drugs and nasvay (Small seeds which put under the lip like drug) at the local schools. We have a 16 day program  against violence.  The campaign will focus on violence  against women, general  violence and drug abuse.  We have  created  a social coalition bringing together 12 sections of people such as police, social cervices, educations, medical people, parents youth and NGO's to decrease the level of selling drugs like nasvay and cigarettes and  vodka in local shops. We will also be giving  prophylactics and teaching about prevention as well. 

This is a big step forward and a way to empower individuals to help make a change.  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Final count down for the pie challenge

And just like that winter has set in on the valley .   Julie and I are back in Canada now . we are home for the week then are excited to be heading to Thunder bay on Friday. 
view across the fields to the green houses from the main house 

Despite the cold , it is comforting to know that everyone is warm, and we have coal to spare for those in need . 

Inside the green house things are doing well.  the fish have stopped hiding as much and are coming out for food.  
here you can see the reflection of the green house above when looking down at the fish. 
The seeds have started to sprout. the first half is bok choy .  The next half we plant next week .  It will be planted with red leaf lettuce . 
seeds beginning to sprout 
We are starting on replacing the windows at the hospital tomorrow.  I was hoping to have this done before I left but the contractor had a death in the family so things were held up.  It has worked out ok because it gives me a little more time to raise some funds for this.

Speaking of raising funds , Tomorrow being Giving Tuesday will be the final day to get your pie challenge donation to count towards a pie in the face .  We will be pleased to except donations after that, but the challengers are off the hook to get a pie in the face if their personal targets are not met.

Please take a moment and make a donation.. Caleb can't wait to throw a pie in Logans face this year .. he has just $150 to go to make that happen.

Logan and Caleb   yearly challengers  .. they know first hand the blessing that this challenge is and  now support it every year . 
 We received the slippers we ordered from the woman's rehab center .. these will go to the seniors home for Christmas.

We still had a bit of hay that needed to follow our Sheep to the mountain farm where they will winter, so the boys got that done today before the snow came in too deep .

and so the sun sets on another day on the farm 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pie in the face for Nick

A few days left in the challenge and I wanted to highlight another one of the challengers .
Kolya aka Nick Wright 

Nick was the very first kid we met in an orphanage back in 2005. He has become a part of our family.  Nick is in his second year of University studying Psychology.  He comes to the farm on weekends and holidays and keeps things on track.  
Nick really would like to get a pie in the face to be able to celebrate Christmas with many of the underprivileged  kids he knows as well as kids in the orphanages . 

If you would like to help Nick, please use the link below to make a donation .. He is at $100 so he has $400 to go to get a pie in the face and reach his target .. Thank you all so much for being a part of this. 

                             From the US please use this link 
                            challengers name

From Canada please use the link below 
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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you .

I have been enjoying all the Facebook posts from our friends in the US as they share their preparation for Thanksgiving.

Sunday we had a celebration out at the farm .  It was a combination of a few different birthdays as well us a last big get together before we go.    

Big feasts are a deep routed part of Kyrgyzstan culture.  Everything from the type of food served, the side dishes and salads, and importantly the bread, even the seating pattern at meal make for a "Good Table" 

Sunday was one of the best.  Everything was perfect.   A table to be proud of.  But what we were most proud of is that it was hosted by everyone at the farm.  serving meals,  pouring drinks, making the ploff and  shashleek out on the fire ..fresh made salads, home made jams and pickles, honey from our own bees .. If  We were to have a Thanksgiving meal at the farm, this would be it. 

NONE of this was learned in the orphanages.   These are just some of the life skills that the kids pick up at the farm.  The hospitality that they have learned through  operating the guest house and the skills that they have been taught by people like Aigoola and Vlady are things that will be invaluable in this culture. 

  Bravo everyone, you guys are awesome .. and Bravo to all of you who have believed in them along with us and make it possible for us to continue to reach out to these young men and women and others like them. 

That's something I am Thankful for. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Two new Challengers in the pie challenge.

Two new challengers in the pie challenge this year.  Vlad and Alina  

Vlad is the youth worker and assistant at the farm and his wife Alina works as a social worker with many families in need.  they are a great couple and have such a heart for the hurting helpless and lost.  That's why they are willing to get a pie in the face if sponsors would like to donate $500 on their behalf.  
The funds raised by Vlad will go towards Christmas in rot front for our kids and the many kids in the village that we would like to bring Christmas too this year. 
Funds donated in Alina's name will go towards the underprivileged families that she works with on a regular basis 

If you want to help but not sure where, please consider either of these challengers . Just put their name in the box to the right of this post as you make a donation . 

the fish have arrived

Air pump  is in and the fish have arrived . 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Greenhouse irrigation part two

Yesterday we worked on getting the pumps and the irrigation lines run in the green houses.   Today we added the soaked hoses on to the lines .  

It was a cold day, and Aiperi had a bit of a chill so she came over to work in the green house for a bit to get warmed up .  34 C that is close to 98 F with a 65% humidity . 

in the photo above you can see the beads of water starting to form on the hose .  Now we can water the strawberries and the greens under them with the turn of a valve.  Warm nutrient rich water from the fish pools .   Speaking of fish pools, they will be picked up on Monday morning.  We will start with just 250 fish to make sure that the whole system works well, then we will build from there as we work out the kinks.  

The section of the green house beside the pools will be our planting beads . here we will start our seedlings for next spring, as well we will be planting flowers for sale in the market when people start planting gardens in the spring.  a single small potted plant here is worth about 50 cents. so even if we can set up a bit of a whole sale network that will be a good revenue source for the farm.

Today we brought over an old rabbit hutch that we had and we will use it as a planting station.  The bags around it are full of well aged manure from the mountain barn.  

Next up is the planting of the floating plant beds.  For this we used a closed cell sophomore.  We then cut holes in it with a hole saw.  then with the same size saw we cut out plugs of roxsal insulation.  

This is where we had McGyver it a little.  there are special baskets that drop into the hoes that stop the insulation from falling down into the water.  since the are not available here we have found plastic cups and cut them down to size so the fit snug, then we cut some big holes in the bottom allowing places for water to get in and the roots to get out.  this is the first of six sheets that will go in each pool containing 45 plants for a total of  270 plants peer pool .  Tomorrow we will finish this part of the process . 

this next picture is our cuteness  for the day . 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Irrigation system is all up and running.

The irrigation system is all up and running.   I am trying to make it as simple as possible for our kids this winter.  First in the line is a float switch.  This will maintain the water level of the pools at a constant level, turning on and off automatically.  

the next stage is a siphon pipe that will keep the water levels in both pools the same, so as one fills so will the other. 

Next step is a pump and pressure  tank that pumps from the second pool and then is pipped around the two green houses to hoses.  The pump will come on and off automatically to maintain water pressure when watering.    I also have a second line that is a direct line that does not go trough the pools so we can buy pass and still water when there is now power. 

The next step will be tomorrow.   I have soaker hoses that will be strung up above the strawberries, so that half of the green house will get a slow gentle watering with warm nutrient rich water with the turn of a valve.  Tomorrow we will also add the floating plant beds on the top of the pools .  

We have located a supplier for carp.   We are going to pick them up on Monday.  We will start with 250 fish.  The fish will live under the floating pads.  they will put carbon dioxide into the green house and  also their waist will add nutrients to the water. 

Aigoola and Aiperi were in the city for back treatments today so I was on duty for lunch..   I had my hands full with the plumbing so lunch today consisted of a case of  ramma noodles of all flavors dumped out on the table.. It was actually a hit with the kids ..