Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It is a time when we gather together sponsors and dream agents... together in one place to not only hear of some of the amazing projects of PI first hand, but it is a time that we step up to practice what we preach.... but first we need to be reminded what PI is all about.....
P.I. exists for 2 main reasons... To fulfill the simple dreams of the hurting, helpless and hopeless wherever we can, AND to raise up a nation of Everyday Philanthropists.
I know that many of you can not be there for the Big Event, but that does not mean you can not be a BIG part of the special night....
How 'bout it? I am an Everyday Philanthropist - R U? Subscribe below to become an "Everyday Philanthropist".For a dollar a day!(you will be automatically billed each month for $30) include your shirt size and we will mail one out to you...
Monday, August 24, 2009
In fact this photo was turned into a greeting card and sold at a recent art show, and enough money was raised to purchase another 20 mattresses... how awesome is that... In a land where a warm mattress can be the difference between living through the winter... or NOT... this donation will be appreciated more than Carol will ever know... Once again it is so cool to see a small entrepreneurial project turn into a massive Philanthropic blessing
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
We have been trying so hard to learn Russian, but have not succeeded in doing much other then butchering it... A common comment I hear now is that "They understand what I am saying, but is my grammar is ooshis....I think that's bad"... since I started learning Russian , I have even lost the little French that I knew, and what is worse is that it now only takes a month or two to lose my grasp of English... like I ever had a grasp on the English language.... LOL..
Well the best way to learn I think, is to just spend lots of time with the kids... especially the Kyrgy kids... they are just learning Russian them selves, so their vocabulary is small...
When it all shakes out, I seem to have a good command of Rusklish...and if ever lost for words, the odd Kyrgy word will do....
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
PROJECT MACFRICA :
Monday, August 17, 2009
Every day brings us a little closer to drastic life changes... When we first thought about moving to Central Asia, there was so much we wanted to hang on to... there were so many obligations. I don't know why we hang on to things so tightly.. We have started to purge..some by choice such as the truck loads of STUFF that we have sold , given away, or simply taken to the dump... and then there is the STUFF that has been ripped from our hands over the last few months...Like the loss of Julie's mom or the un resolved devastation of my mom's house, and now the need to sell... Even our own home, rather then seeing it as a refuge or a home base, is starting to feel more like a millstone dragging us down...
The stress of Julie's job continues to grow, as her head is definitely in a land thousands of miles away... The girls have no excitement about returning to school, Bekah is ready to return to Central Asia today, and even has her correspondence courses picked out... Emma on the other hand has her room completely de cluttered, and is "ready to move"...I thought that with a busy work schedule this summer, maybe Bekah would get distracted, and not be so locked in to returning, but instead, with all the work, the girls have their "flights home" almost paid...
At this point all we can do is to be ready for what ever comes... there are still so many obstacles to overcome before we finally take the step, but at this rate, when the time comes...all that may be left will be 8 hockey bags packed and waiting at the door....
Saturday, August 15, 2009
We also have several other sponsored children that are now off to college or trade school this fall... for them life is also full of uncertainty... yet there is an excitement in there voices... Again it is a time when they are taking steps to a brighter future.
The part that is interesting to me is that a lot of the kids we are working with have a strong social conscience... they had aspirations, and dreams for their lives, but are now struggling with a new desire to do something that is both meaningful and beneficial for others... I guess they have seen the impact in their own lives, and want to be used the same way...
This gives me great hope for the future , to know that we are not just a one hit wonder, or a flash in the pan, but what we are doing is changing not just a child, but the world around them for generations to come....
This summer as we are helping our kids here cope with the whole back to school, and all the stress and excitement... and financial pressures it. Please take a a few minutes and remember those kids that without our support would be facing it alone.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
We will be holding our annual "Big Event" Fundraiser on Saturday, October 17th at the St. Agatha Community Centre in the Kitchener / Waterloo area The "wildness" begins at 6:30 more details will follow but I wanted you to get the date on your calendar. ... Of course the Sisters will be there with stories of their work in Central Asia and we will have the "Kevin Pauls Band" there as well. There will be desserts, coffee, choco fountain, all that jazz as well as a silent auction and a live auction. The cost of the tickets will be $25/each with all proceeds from the evening going to Possibilities International and our work in Central Asia. We presently support 20 workers in Central Asia as our dream agents. Please make this evening a priority! As I said...more details to follow.
I am always so encouraged and wound up after one of these events that I have even made a point of making sure I am in country... I will likely arrive back the night before, just in time for the excitement... If it's worth the trip for me from Kyrgyzstan , then it would be certainly worth the trip for you from what ever part of the continent you are from... If you would like more information, or help with hotel or flight information, just let me know....
Monday, August 10, 2009
So many of you have had a part in making special days like this happen.. I can not say enough how grateful we are for all the support. Sometimes we think that the economic crisis's is only here, and that the kids would not know of the worlds woe's, but that is not the case... every day they hear of the crises as there care givers are cut back, as the food budgets are slashed, as they hear the worried conversations from every one around them.... In the middle of such hard and uncertain economic times, It sends a loud and clear message to them that they still matter. In a time when an event like this would have been written off in their minds as not possible this year.... You guys pulled it off.... and a special thanks to Paula and Sergey & Anya for all your help and planning... I hope you enjoy this little video of the day at the beach... as you are watching it, try to imagine just how this has impacted these kids.....
If you are reading this as a facebook note, you will need to go to www.actofkindness.blogspot.com to view the video.
Friday, August 07, 2009
I got a call from Acel this morning... She shared with me how blessed they were that they were able to call my friend, and that he is going to help them to get on the right track with a couple families that they are helping...
I just got an up date from my friend
Hey John... wow did he ever have some families.... I have been to two of the places to visit and we will try and help both of them if we can. I will send you the info on them all and some pictures as well. One little boy needs an operation micro cephelis and on Monday we will see the surgeon together and see what he says. I will send you a email soon with the update.
He then went on to say
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
I hesitated to write this post, but I feel we need to share the good and the bad. I received word yesterday that a young friend of our had attempted to commit suicide. He had got himself a rope, then climbed to the roof of the orphanage... Another young girl we know had tried to stop him, but could not hold him back... she finally ran for bigger help, and the security guard arrived just in time to cut the rope that was hanging him. We are so fortunate that he survived this time.
The first question is why would he do that... I was there the day he had arrived at the orphanage with his little brother... I have seen just a glimpse of the pain that he has faced, and I guess the question of why is the wrong one... the real question is why NOT.... We try so hard to present HOPE to them. to give them a reason why NOT... but try as we might, every now and then, we miss the mark...
Today I sent him a letter telling him how much we loved him and cared about him, I reminding him of all the good times that we have had, and to let him know that we loved him so much, and also told him that I will be back soon, and we will have a good visit then...
He shared with Anya that he just felt that there was no one that loved him... today when she read him the letter to him he began to cry... My poor boy has such a hard life ahead of him. If I had not seen and experienced it before, I would lose hope myself... This is one of those lives where we need to continue to Make A Difference.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
I have also received word that there has been a bit of a rumpling at a government level, and that by the first week of Oct the food budgets will be increased at the orphanages, and things should be back on track for them .. we had financially committed to help until September. I would love to be able to stretch that to Oct. now that there is an end in sight... The Director is very thankful for the support and wishes us to pass along her appreciation ... Thank you again.
I just heard about 5 kids who all need help two need operations, one needs a wheelchair, one needs a heart operation and the other I don't know what they need going to see two of them on Friday. Can you say "overwhelming with little resources to help?"
My friend... I wish I was there to help .... I wish I had the resources .... I recognises that overwhelming feeling.... Just remember you are not alone...I am believing for an opportunity to Make A Difference. Hang in there, I will see you soon.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Today is a very special day... It is a day that marks a new beginning... While in Central Asia, our friend Paula got the privilege of presenting not just a new apartment , but a new way of life to a special family. Many of you know and have been following the life's adventures of Altynai and her brothers and sisters. Today Paula gave them the keys to the apartment that the kids have been renovating the last few weeks. It is located in the same apartment block as Three of our friends, and is beside the school the kids go to... This city will be much safer for the kids as well as provide more job opportunities for the older kids... There are just so many pluses to this ... They were all so excited ... jumping up and down and crying... I teased Altynai.. I said, are you sure that the wallpaper in the Girls room is not too pink... she laughed and said "Dad.. I was the one that picked it out, it's beautiful. !"...lol.... Then very solemnly the father said, "Well if this is my home now.... every body better get back to the door and take their shoes off..."
This is going to be a lot of work for every one involved , But I am confident that the work will be worth it....
Saturday, August 01, 2009
WHITEHORSE, Yukon - The Yukon Supreme Court is to hear its first capital case in living memory when a judge decides the fate of a dog.
The two-year old German-shepherd-Rottweiler cross named Trevor was rescued from a home last January where he had been neglected to the point where his collar had grown into his body.
The Whitehorse Humane Society adopted him out, but Trevor was accused of biting people and turned into the pound this month.
The humane society says that, legally, Trevor should have been returned to them and that he remains their property.
They want to use provisions that allow people to keep dangerous dogs under secure conditions, but city bylaws call for Trevor's destruction.
If every dog has his day, Trevor's will be Aug. 6, when his case is expected to be heard.