Thursday, October 30, 2014

22 "Food Shares from the farm" sold to date 78 to go ..

22 food shares sold to date .. 

We are so excited about this, food shares from the farm will provide fresh produce delivered weekly the entire growing season to so many in need,  orphanages, seniors home, families in need, students, and the homeless.... to read more or see who will be receiving food shares , go to this link   100 share total will be sold for $60 each .  

Food shares benefit in other ways as well. 

- provide food and salaries for young adults who have just come out of the orphanage system and require more support and training so they are not living on the streets.  On the farm they will receive skills training, and become part of the family. 

- provide a safe home to re-start a life after successfully completing a rehab program 

- Guys from the farm will be community minded, and  provide labor support for those in need free of charge .. seniors, single moms, or any one struggling to do it alone. 

- . people have begun asking  to come to the farm, simply to visit and hold the animals and take some pictures, as well we have found great benefit to bringing the animals to the orphanages and seniors home for a visit .. there is nothing like snuggling with a cute little bunny to relax a person.. young and old , Men women , they all love the time spent with the animals.

We have sold 22 shares and have 78 to go, but  there are other ways you can support the farm and all those it helps.  As I said, food shares will go to food and salaries, and expenses directly related to growing crops.  We rely on separate designated donations to renovate , and expand the animal base of the farm.  You can go to this link to see what some of those needs might be.   

Maybe you would like to purchase food shares from the farm, or any other designated item as a Christmas present or Birthday present, or any other special event.   If you would like a Card sent from us to the recipient, just let me know and we would be pleased to mail a personalized card with a photo from the farm with a special thanks from all of us . 

Getting ready for the team

We have a great team coming in a few days , we are getting excited .. Dave was here last year and is coming back with his son and a couple friends.  This will be such a blessing for the people of Kyrgyzstan.  some of the things on their list to do ,  Movie days at the seniors home and Mens home , along with some great donations, the next day they will be purchasing coal for the seniors and many of those in need  ( we will still need another 15 tons to cover everyone before winter , it would be great if the donations come in so we can do everyone at once , then I can stop worrying and stop hounding you all ) , The team will be setting up our emergency food garage for the winter , and delivering food to about 20 families , They are sponsoring a day with bubbles the clown , visiting and bringing joy to over 500 people through out the day.  One day we will spend in Bishkek taking children from another orphanage bowling and out for supper, and even some dentist visits for kids in need.  They will spend a day working on the farm along with the children from another orphanage ( and celebrating Jengishes birthday )   then going to the hot springs .  They will also be sponsoring a special day with Dayspring and Jeremiah kids.  , and that evening having supper with a family in the mountains where they have sponsored a micro loan for a new cow barn .. believe it or not , thats not all .. this will be one action packed week.  
A scheduled like this does not just happen .. it takes a lot of work and it takes involvement by all our friends here .. in a country where events are planed by the day, they have learned to plan by the minute..and they all do it well...  

making plans .. and phone calls to confirm event days and times 

Today we went to the bazaar to order many of the different items that the team will be giving out to people along the way .. carpets, tushuks, blankets, more winter coats and heaters for the families from the fire in the spring..   Uts all coming together .  

We are starting to get some of the meals ready for the team so that it will not be so hard when they are here.  It is a god time for cooking lessons for Kamala Izada and Baktagul.  this is something that we are going to be doing a few times a week .  they are eager to learn and it will be great for them to know how to prepare several different meals. 

layering the lasagna noodles. they each made a pan 
ready for the freezer Yum

Emma and Jengish have been getting their  apartment ready as well.  The bedroom is all cleaned out, the beds are made .  The carpets are down for the winter.    After going out to the farm to bring supplies, they made a trip out to the field to check one more time before winter.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Getting ready for winter

 Winter hit here with a vengeance.   The forcast said it would snow Sunday night , then it would warm up again, but we sure have not seen that,  We got the snow alright, but it sure has not warmed up much. the snow still weighs down the branches on the trees, and the cold air continues to roll out of the mountains.  On the way out to the farm, you can see that the snow capped mountains are white right down to the valley .. I have even gotten messages through on my phone warning of avelanches in the mountain passes.   It seemed like a great time to get out the bags of mittens and scarfs that were sent by friends in Norwood and Brantford. Yesterday we went to  one of the orphanages, and were able to let every child choose a hat and a scarf.  

they were very thankful, and especially loved that they were all different, and they all got to choose .. We have been working hard with these kids , and today we saw some marked improvement with math with one of the boys when we changed up his teaching method a bit .. a little bit of success, sure helps their self esteem 

the bunny came for a visit with us as well .. boy the kids love that , not sure I can say it enough. 

We were back to the farm today to bring some beds and a chair out to the guys ,  While there we ended up buying 5 chickens off of a neighbor.. she needd the money and we wanted to help, and we always have room for more chickens so it worked out well.

The guys have been busy,  The front porch was in kind of rough shape, and needed a little work, 

it needed a little foundation work, and the lower boards where all starting to rot. 

Acelbek decided it was best to remove the boards completly, and do the hole think in stone,, this is the same stone work that he is doing on all the foundation of the house and the out buildings. Hopefully it warms up a bit like the weatherman had promised and we can get this done before winter.    You can also see that all the loose cement on the walls has been chipped out, and new cement is there now.  Next week we will try to get it painted .

On the coal front, it looks like we have money on rout for about 10 tons,  we could really use another 20 tons .. prices will be going up now that we have had the first snow, but if we act quick we are looking at about  $1600 to meet this need and know that so many will be warm . 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Feeling blessed ...

Emma and I were felt very honoured today when we were presented with these great T-shirts .. It is so true We do love Tokmok .  They came with very kind words as well   " I have known John for along time, but only today I have met him in person, John Wright and his family come from a far away place "Canada", but they are true Tokmokiens who with his family engage in good deeds helping our citizens .... and He proudly and confidently can say I LOVE TOKMOK " 

Today I hit another land mark ... Down 90 lbs .. take a look .

Monday, October 27, 2014

Winter hits Tokmok,,, people still with out coal

We woke up to this 

All the warning signs were there,  the bitterly cold breeze rolling down out of the mountains at night, the white snow caps moving lower and lower every day, and the worry wrinkles on the faces of so many.  This is the final warning for us.  Next is the bitter cold when people start to suffer and die.     This morning it  was announced  that  the  city will turn on the heat today.  This is great news for those of us in apartements, but does not help so many in homes and shelters.
   We still have, families, the seniors home and the farm that is in need of coal. I want to purchase it next week, so we need your help now so that I can get the money transferred in time.  we need a total of 30 tons of coal, including delivery , we are looking for $2400 to make it through the winter . please consider how you can help. maybe sponsor even one ton ($80)  then watch the blog Tuesday the 4th of November to see the deliveries. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

and then there were 2

Today turned out to be just intermittent drizzle in the morning.  This worked out well since we still had a bit more cement to do to finish the clinic. Acelbeck came out from the farm to help, ad Sasha was there again.   We have been concerned about Sasha, he is a good hard working boy, and working hard to keep his past behind him.  Yesterday  he could not start work until afternoon as his head was hurting in the morning .  It turns out that the day before on his way home from work, he was beat up by some other kids .. I am not sure if it was an ethnic thing , or just that he was walking alone in a bad neighborhood, something that he could not avoid because that's where he lives.  Even at the best of times that is not a good situation.  Both Jengish and I had been thinking that maybe he should come and live at the farm .  Yesterday on the way home Jengish talked with Acelbeck, and he too thought that maybe the farm would be a better place for Sasha.  

Today after work Jengish and Acelbeck spoke to him, and shared their concern for him, and told him that the farm was there, and could be a "safe place " for him when ever he needed it.   It turns out that the building he is living in is being shut down and everyone is evicted.. they have just 10 days to leave, already there is no longer heat, electricity or water.   Sasha was very pleased with the idea.  We told him that there is not much there right now, no furniture or anything , but there is a warm bed, coal for the fire, running water , electricity, and we could feed him .  he will have some chores to do each day , and the bus ride is only 20 minutes into Tokmok for work, and will pick him up and drop him off right at the door.    He came out with us tonight to see, and was quick to say yes .. It was something to see, his smile went from a polite smile to a soft relaxed at peace smile .. he stood in the barn with us , and as he hugged one of the rabbits, you could see and feel the presence of that  "HOPE FOR THE FUTURE" 

Funny thing .. today the chickens lays 2 eggs for us rather then the usual 1.