We have tried to figure out why this mind set is so prevalent, and as I look closer , maybe I have an answer. Maybe part of the reason is that as NGO's we pay extra attention to the orphanages.. they are the first to get help with operations, with food drops, and even now the orphanage kids will get first crack at many of the summer camps. WHY ? because it is easier .. easier to find the kids , and easier to find the sponsors... But why stop at easy .
This is why the work of people like Sergey and Anya, Olga , Jengish, Acel and Talant , and Larissa and Tanya are sooo important . They don't stop at the orphanage gates.. they go into the streets and look for the least of these .. those that have fallen through the cracks.. those kids that would otherwise be lost and forgotten ... they don't wait until they show up at the orphanage door in the middle of the night , They work with the families to prevent them from abandoning the kids .
It is not as "sexy ", people are not as motivated to give, but it is a preemptive strike that will pay HUGE dividends in the future of these at risk kids .
Another person that we support that understands this is Vera . She does an incredible job reaching out to these families. Through the summer she runs a summer camp for the kids, and in the winter months a feeding program for those in need . I just received this update from her.
John, hi. How are you. Today we have a first children's camp ended, he went from 8 to 19 of July.
25-30 were the children every day. Children are very happy, happy. Thank you very much for your help and support in conducting the camp. Tomorrow we go to the Issyk-Kul for the day with the volunteers who conducted the camp . Bless you for your work. Hello to family.
|meals provided every day for the kids|
|They love the ice cream|
|and more food|
|kids ready for the open session|