Trying to figure out where to start will be one of the hardest tasks
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
If you notice the sign on the top right side of the blog... that spot is for rent. hahaha... No really why not consider a corporate sponsorship.. At this point, we can not rule out anything.... with in reason..
So here is the way it works... If you make a donation, and you are a business, send me your Logo to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add your logo to a slide show that will appear in that spot for one year. Do it during match week, July 1st till the 7th and your donation will go twice as far, those donations will get 2 slides in the show.
Maybe you know a business that might be interested .. let them know...
I guess I should likely add this. , I do reserve the right to not place adds that may be offensive to others.
I received an update from Kyrgyzstan this morning. I don't know what it is about this that I found so emotional, but I could not hold back the tears. I guess the fact that the people in the Valley have so little. The country has been in a state of crisis for so long, and the average family is struggling to make a living. In this time of need, they have some how managed to pull together so much to send to their fellow countrymen in the south.. Uzbek and Kyrgy alike.. to them it makes no difference... They know that there are people that are worse off, and they are taking everything that they can get their hands on and sending it south. The truck is packed, and the police escort has arrived, and they are on their way... Sergey and Sasha will board a plane in the morning, and be in Osh to meet the convoy when it arrives... Talant and the second convoy will be joining them next week... I am not sure what transpired that Sergey was off before Talant, but I am sure they know... All along the Valley , they stopped and loaded up supplies... I see things like Aigoola's blankets and mattresses being loaded up as well
Meanwhile they continue to provide a safe place to stay for Families from the south like an Uzbek family that spent sleepless nights in their neighbours basement with no food, until it was safe enough to escape to the north. ( photo was here, but I have decided to remove it for now)
Aid has been gathered up and is being moved to the drop off location
Blankets and mattresses
I see vehicles here belonging to several different organizations... all doing their part
In Bishkek they stop to pick up the flour and oil and other necessities that Jengish and his friends have been gathering
Even the men from the rehabilitation centre are on hand to help load the truck
Children we first met in the orphanages are doing their part as well ...
and this next picture will blow you away... Even Jengish is putting his back into it.....
Time for a little lunch break ... look at all that rice ...
People with so little ... doing so much !
Sergey will continue to track the movement of these goods, and be with them until they are delivered into the hands of those who need them the most. We have contacts ready to meet them when they arrive, and start the delivery Please continue to remember them over the next few weeks... that they would be lead to the right place to help, and that they would be given safe travel.
Sergey has my small pocket camera..they have been told that they will not be allowed to take photo's in the south, and if caught they will lose their camera's so he will bring my cheep one so that if caught it will not be so hard to swallow... but hopefully we will still have the camera when we get there next month.
Just a little reminder ... match week starts in two days... as you can imagine... We are going crazy here with so much to be done there... please help us get back to work
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Something from nothin'
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway
You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway
God is great
But sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway
This world's gone crazy
It's hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway
You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
In a moment they can choose to walk away
Love 'em anyway
God is great
But sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
Yeah - I do it anyway
You can pour your soul out singing
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway
Yea, sing it anyway
Thursday, June 24, 2010
There first day in Krivoy Rog, they got settled and orientated. They are staying at a guest house that a friend of ours has for when teams are in town. Tonight When I called they were in Church... boy was it loud... pour Emma does not like to talk on a phone, I can just imagine how excited she was to get a call from me in the middle of a service... hopefully she had it on vibrate.
Tomorrow they are heading to the orphanage to get started working there with the kids.
it is about a 35 or 40 minute walk to the Internet Cafe, and we left the laptop in Kyrgyzstan. Tomorrow morning Emma will check out if she can by a cheep little laptop there, if not, Lynn and Ruby from Lamb are heading for Kiev tomorrow night, and I will buy them a cheep one and send it over... what we spend on the lap top, we will likely save on phone bills... Emma will be running out of memory on the camera , as well I need to get some update photo's soon.
We have made some adjustments to our letters and up dates , we were waiting till we knew for sure if they were coming before getting them out... Most of you reading this will have got a letter in the last few hours telling about our plans and reminding everyone about the match week . Hopefully we will have some photo's from our girls soon to show everyone.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
So the next big day... do you remember... JULY 1 Till JULY 7 is match week. every dollar sent will be matched up to one years budget. and remember we will start the week off with a picnic fundraiser done Kyrgyz style... I guess it means that I will be doing the cooking not the girls.
I was talking to them this morning before they begin a new adventure, and they wanted to thank everyone themselves.
My dear brothers and Sisters,
Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to go to Canada. it was God's will that we didn't go, but we are going to Krivoy Rog to help a girl there. I like this idea. For a long time I have dreamed of helping in an orphanage and now my dream is being fulfilled. I am happy for what you have done for me. I can't write how happy I am that you helped me. I will try very hard to justify your work
your lovely daughter Aipery
Thank you so much for supporting me and helping me to go to kyrgyzstan. I was hoping to bring my friends Apery and Altynai home with me for the summer so that you could meet them and see what incredible girls they are, but God had a different plan. Now we are on a new adventure and I know that since everyone worked so hard to try to bring them to Canada, it could only have been God who closed that door. Please pray for us and our trip to Krivoy Rog.
I want to thank you for your great job that you have done for me. I appreciate your help and I see how much you love me and I want to say the same, that I love you. I was praying for this trip to come to Canada but I also was thinking about whatever it will be I will accept it because God knows what's better for us. We will spend a beautiful summer helping a young lady in Krivoy Rog to work in the orphanages. I know that John is still working on our visas and I keep praying for this. But most of all I want to say thank you that God made us to know each other. Thank you for your love and supporting us. I will pray for you.
With best wishes,
Andrea & Michael’s family has been separated for nine months. She’s in Ghana with
their adopted twin boys, he’s at home with their son.
TERRIE began her adoption proceedings for her Liberian daughter Claudia three years ago. Despite adoption approvals, Claudia’s visa application was denied; however, Terrie won the appeal six months ago and still no communication or visa from Canadian High Commission. JENN & SETH began their proceedings seven years ago to adopt his four Ghanaian nieces. In 2005 they were awarded full adoption orders by the Ghanaian government. In five years the Canadian High Commission in Ghana has neither denied the girl’s visas nor uncovered fraud with respect to the application nor provided any reasons for the delay—much longer and the oldest of the girls will ‘age out’ of the system.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The girls made it out of Kyrgyzstan with no troubles.. The airport security and the passport control was very nice to them and there was no trouble... When they reached the Moscow airport, they were met by a friend of a friend that was able to help them in the terminal transfer, and to the departure gate, he even gave them a phone to call back to Talant to assure every one that they were OK. Then when they landed in Kiev, they had a special VIP greeting that assisted them through the passport control, helped them with their bags, and brought them to Ed, who had a wonderful room for them to stay.
Then they went to the Canadian Embassy and the wheels fell off... They waited from 7am till about noon, paid there fee, and were promptly told No. None of their supporting documents were read, and no interview was granted... The person who did this was not a Canadian , and had only been hired by the embassy to work the front lines. We made some calls and it was suggested that we re apply... provide even more documents..this time focusing on the need for Canadians to have them here ... as well they were given a private number of someone from our MP's office that would speak to the agent if they had difficulties.
Once again they stood in line at 7 am, and once again, they were rejected...again, none of their documents were read, none of the many support letters , representing several thousand Canadian Citizens nor the letter from a member of Parliament ... they were not even allowed to call for help, and they were told that they don't care what some member of Parliament thinks... the answer is no... and once again no interview..and once again they never got to see a Canadian.
So the problem appears to be this... in an attempt to make sure that front line visa workers were not cowersed, they have been given an incredible power, in fact it appears that even Government ministers do not have the power to over turn their decisions... then if that was not bad enough, what I would imagine was a cost saving measure, the front line workers in our Embassy's have been replaces by nationals from what ever country they are in... this has left Canada's entire Visa and Immigration in the hands of NON Canadians who are not answerable to anyone. ! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT !
I sure would not have believed it, but I have witnessed first hand the incredible amount of work and passion that My member of Parliaments staff have put into this... they have gone above and beyond, working every angle that they can think of, and still there is no movement. I came away from the office yesterday with real mixed emotions... I wanted to have the utmost respect for my representatives office staff for everything that they are doing and continue to do, and at the same time, I am so angry at a system that is so incredibly broken. For years now I have heard people complaining about some of the dangerous criminal types that some how manage to get back into Canada over and over, and I have to ask myself , "Is it any wonder when that decision is not in the hands of Canadian Citizens..."
Now I would love it if I got a phone call or a letter explaining to me how I am wrong in my understanding of the situation, but that would mean that there was someone that could do something and that we have just been lied to... and that my friends would be enough to put me over the top.
The girls may not make it home now, and may have to spend there summer working in the orphanages in the Southern Ukraine, but It will not end here.. As I have researched this more I have heard of cases of Canadians who have adopted internationally, and because the worker in what ever country, who was not a Canadian was not in favor of international adoption, the visa was declined .. I am not sure, but I think that this is an issue that I could see easily becoming an election issue... especially if I put a little wind in it's sails... Hummmm
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Thursday July 1st... Remember that date ..? Do you remember what special thing is happening on that date..?. That's right .. it's the kick off of our match week.... everything that is donated to the Wright Stuff for our return to Kyrgyzstan will be matched $ for $ read more here .
There is something else that is special about that date... it is Canada day.
We thought that a great way to kick off the Match week would be to have a Canada day picnic... and do it up Kyrgyz style... We are still believing that the mountains will be removed, and Altynai and Aiperie will be here, and it will give a great opportunity for you to have a good visit with them in a fun and relaxed way.
The party will officially run from 1-4 ...everyone welcome!
if you need more information, call us at 705-639-1307 or drop us a line at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you there .
Friday, June 18, 2010
The storey that they want to tell is of the impact that the support of so many has made to those that they know. The reality that they want to share it that the current unrest is not just upsetting , but earth shattering to the vast majority of Kyrghyz... the un rest is isolated to a very small group in a very small region of their country... The question in every ones mind is "How could this have happened..?" Quite simply, I would say that it is a result of years of oppression, and years of destitute poverty, and the tole that those two things can take on a person..
When the girls reached the Embassy for there visa's on Thursday morning, they were turned down right away... the agent did not have to look past the cover application to see that they were Kyrgyz, and that was all it took... they were turned down... no review of their documentation, not interview... just simply turned down... Right away we have begun collecting letters of support for them, service clubs, business associations , churches, and private individuals , all sharing the importance of this visit from the girls.. We have contacted our member of Parliament. They had given an original letter of support, and were surprised of the decision... they have been wonderful, and have taken this mater further for us... Monday morning they will return to the Embassy armed with a dozen more pages of documents, and a cell phone with the number of a very highly placed government official that will try to shed some light on the situation if necessary. We are cautiously optimistic at this point. I try not to sound to positive... These girls have had such lives of disappointment , it is almost natural to them... it should not be that way, and some were they need to catch a break... They have a storey to tell
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
What is so special about this week ... It is the specific week that we need your support.... let me explain... We have a sponsor that has been instrumental in many of the most incredible projects that we have taken on in Central Asia.. Always her timing has been impeccable, and her ideas and support have impacted in ways that we will never be able to completely measure, but when ever I here from her, I KNOW that something big and something powerful is about to happen.... here is a letter we just receive from her.
Here is the thought I had the other day...and felt it was confirmed Sunday . The message was titled "I believe in God...but trust in money" Obviously the message focused on how we hold too tightly onto "our" money and that we do not give as He would. The line that jumped out at me was that when you love fully you "give irrationally."
So here is my thought: So....my idea is... lets do a matching gift challenge. whatever you collect in a week we will match. We are willing to give irrationally. If you receive a crazy amount we may need to space out some payments but we will match it up to what it takes to have you guys funded at $62,000. By doing this, not only will He will be showing us how we are supposed to be helping you. But You get to encourage others to give irrationally!
"When you love fully you give irrationally... " what a challenge...
When we worked out our budget for the year, I must admit that I was a little concerned. If I am being honest, facing the task of raising the budget, so we can return full time was overwhelming most days. However, we know that if we are going to continue to be effective, we cannot be bogged down with basic operating expenses, we need to be clear, and focused on the needs of the people we are supporting. It is not enough to just be in Kyrgyzstan, but we need the finances in place to keep us there doing what PI does best...help fulfill the simple dreams of the hurting, helpless and hopeless. This “matching funds” week will be a tremendous help to us.
Please take a couple weeks between now and July 1st and determine just how irrational you can be. Please consider bunching up your years donations, and making them on that week. We all work very hard to be good stewards of finances, and this is an opportunity to literally multiply our giving, but only if it happens during the week of July 1 to the 7th. Just think how much more could be accomplished if we took advantage of this incredible opportunity.
Hey not only that, but all donations are tax deductible, which means that you will even get some of it back! How great is that!
So remember ... July 1st it all begins!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
They are not the only ones that left Kyrgyzstan last night .. approximately 75 000 others were on a life changing experience as well... who was there to offer them a blanket or pillow.. did they get a nice glass of juice and a moist towel ? All across the country, their is outrage over what is happening in the south . The new government is trying desperately to control the mobs that are for the most part fueled by political powers from the past in an atempt to destabilize the government . I have heard from several of our friends that are trying to get relief to the families in the South ... but have not yet established a secure method of delivering aid...
With this senseless killing going on in the south, its significance easily draws the focus, yet all over the country, there is a constant edge to life. In the last couple weeks, with in a couple block's alone of our apartment, many of the land markes have been destroyed... Three gas stations , our favorite restaurant and the new shopping centre have all been bombed.
Please remember the people of Kyrgyzstan , those that have lost so much... those that are working to help their fellow citizens, the government who is trying so hard to rebuild a shattered nation, and bring it peace.. but most of all right now remember the widows and orphans in their time of need ...
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I am shaken by the stark reminder of the situation ... As we rejoice, the same man that sent us the wonderful news moments later sent me word about a friend of his..
I please to pray after my friend in [Zhalal]-[Abade], it and family is located at problem. Do not have nothing to eat they. all stores are broken
[by 9: 20: 22 PM] Of talant: they to fear
and the reality hits... What is it..why are our loved ones on that plane, yet others suffer...
I am so thankful to all our friends in Central Asia who have worked so hard to deploy our precious cargo... and I think of the relief that they must be feeling right now to know that they have done their part...
Thank you to all who have been following along....
Next stop Moscow!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Well the girls are packed and they are just putting the final touches on their documents .. We were just talking to them on Skype... I love the technology .. I don't know what I would do with out it.. it certainly has made it easier to get things together... Emma has been working on a folder for each of the girls.
They each have
- Citizen registry
- New passport
- Letter of invitation from us. and agreement to provide health insurance
- Copy of our passports
- Our proof of Citizenship
- Our proof of income tax statement ( T-4)
- Letter from our member of Parliament invitation
- Letter from their mayors office authenticating how we know them
- letter from there College and University showing intent to return in the fall
- letter from their employers agreeing to them coming to Canada
- Letter from a friend agreeing to help with their family responsibilities until they return
- return airline tickets
- adequate travel and Visa money
We have determined that the state of emergency curfew has been lifted, and a middle of the night trip to the airport has been arranged ... They have the 11 hour layover in Moscow ..so they have lots of time to catch the next flight, and we have VIP service arranged for them when they reach Kiev . they will be met as they get off the plain to help them through all the passport control and customs, then deliver them personally to our friend waiting for them ... We have accommodations arranged and our friend will bring them to the Canadian Embassy on Tuesday morning...
and at that point... it's all out of our hands...
I don't like things out of out hands !
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Кыргыз Республикасы Кыргызская Республика
Чуй облусу, Чуйская область
ТОКМОК ШААРЫНЫН МЭРИЯ
МЭРИЯСЫ города ТОКМОК
Мэрия г.Токмок тесно сотрудничает с волонтером Джон Райд из Канады, который реализует предложенные социальные проекты, также оказывает финансовую и гуманитарную помощь для малоимущих семей.
Дочь Эмми делает вклад в области образования, обучает бесплатно студентов и желающих граждан английскому языку.
Для мэрии г.Токмок было бы хорошо если Джон Райд и его семья находились дольше в Кыргызской Республике, так как оказывая помощь Джон Райд и его дочерью нам необходимо.
Заведующий сектора по
поддержке семьи и детей Д.Джумабаева
The Mayor of the town of Tokmok co-works together with volunteer, John Wright, from Canada who is implementing our social projects and also helping with financing, and humanitarian helps for our needy families. His daughter, Emma, is helping us in the area of education, by teaching our students and all who want to learn the English language and art for free. For our Mayor in Tokmok, it would be good to have John Wright’s family in the Kyrgyz Republic because John, Julie, Emma and Bekah, helped us and we need their help.
Cheif of the Child Protection Department
Friday, June 04, 2010
Sergey and Anya were busy over at the Baby hospital.. they went to bring Baby food and to bring the rest of the money for the baby ventilator.. pictures to follow shortly over on the iam1ru site ....They brought Natasha with them this trip... she is the go to person for Ruby and Lynn from LAMb... they have been doing a lot of work at the baby hospital as well, and it is good to go with a common front time to time to make sure that there is not ever a duplication of service... well they were there , they took a few minutes to check up on Baby Melana Grace.... and her bunk mate... The Dr there heard about some of the others that have been sending letters asking for help to get us back , and she wanted to send one as well...
Dear John Wright!
As the director of the hospital and the staff of the children's department, we greatly appreciate your help to renovate the children's department of our hospital. Your workers painted, plastered, put new tiles on the walls, new pipes, sinks, new doors and new linoleum floors. We bought a washing machine with powder soap, a computer, EKG machine and a ventilator. Through John, we have for our orphans a continuous supply of food and clothes. Your being here is important for our orphans and to improve our material, technical base of our children's department. You are needed here .
Aiperi and Altynai are working on something to say as well, but they will be here in a few weeks to share in person ... they have been working on their presentation, and that includes a little Kyrgyz music with Aiperi singing and Altynai accompanying on the Kamooz ... here is a little sneak preview... ( If you are viewing this from FB, you will need to follow this link to see the video )
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Many of these children have learning difficulties, or other issues that make it difficult for them in school... It is such a blessings for me to see a place that they can receive the help that they need, regardless of their financial situation...
I recieved a few more letters today from our friends in Central Asia asking you to help us to come back ...
Oleg and Vera
Davina says, “I miss the Wrights very much, they are good people and they are good to us. I pray for them every day that God will bring them here. We are happy when they are here and we can’t wait to see them again.
Melody says, “They do a lot of good things for poor people here. I miss them very much. They are good people. They are not just good to poor people, but they’re good to us too.”
Hello Mr. John. How are you?
I am glad when we meet with you. You made for us many unexpected.
We need you, need for all kids and people. Fly again. You need do many surprises for people and kids, they all will happy. OK, just to come! I very like when we visit orphanages with you. Now I have many friends there, thank you for all what you did for us. God bless you. We love you sooooooo much. Big John.
Vladik and Arthur.