We began the day with a trip out to the micro district to deliver a wheel chair. Acels sister in law runs a small store, and she knew of a family that was in need. The lady that she buys her sumsa's from is a single mother that is trying to support her disabled son. In Kyrgyzstan, it is expected to put a disabled child in an orphanage, but she is going against the norm and trying to keep her son at home. When we stopped at the store to tell her we had a wheel chair, she was in shock, but the owners of the store were so overwhelmed that they began to cry. We brought her back to her home to deliver the chair. She carried her son out of the house and placed him in the chair.. He was in such bad shape.. I felt so bad for them.. what life has in store for them... We will have to see how else we can help them.. the chair seemed like so little, but for them, it will open the world to them.
Our ext stop was to the mayors office to pick up one of the officials so we could make some deliveries of mattresses. We went to the Police station to bring them 5 mattresses. They were very impressed with the mattresses, and said that they were great quality, and even asked if they could buy some for there own homes... Aigoola does great work. Next stop was to the hospital. There we met Dr Lagarof.
He is the emergency room Dr. He was very pleased to get new mattresses... he then brought us to show us some of the people he is helping .. He was a very frustrated man . he tries so hard to help every one that comes... in fact he has about 15 homeless men there at any one time, and has no budget to help them, and mostly feeds and looks after them on his own. This is the kind of person that we want to get behind and support. I talked to Sergey to make sure that our feeling was correct. He said that this Dr has been a great help to them, and that he has been eager to help Sergey many times with the people he helps. We are going to try to find a sponsor who would be willing to support maybe $40 a month to provide food for him.. This would allow us to have enough soup and bread to feed the men that come to him for help... This hospital needs a lot of help. We stopped to think about weather we can spread any thinner, but we realize that it is a genuine need, and can impact so many... so yes this is something that we need to do . Next stop was over to the Baby hospital. We had just put running hot and cold water in the day before. I always feel kind of guilty to walk past a line of people that have been waiting all day , and sit for a visit with the head Dr, so we try to keep it short. We also gave them the money to make the steel door and bars on the windows of the laundry room so that there things are not stolen. From there we went over to the School where the kids were practicing break dancing. They got a little concert, and a few words of encouragement from Benjamin. He sang the song he had written called " We are in this together" it shared how we all have a responsibility and can each be responsible to make a change if we work together.. It was a new concept for them .. they all seemed to have almost a defeatist attitude that they had to wait for the world to change, but Benjamin challenged them to come together and make change happen .. I think we will work more on this and maybe get them involved in some community projects .. like the next one that we were part of... From the school we went over to the new Day springs Home there were 25 of us that went to get the house cleaned up and ready for furniture... We even had our first supper in the home... what an exciting time... Even the vice Mayor was out to see the home..