Saturday, March 29, 2014
Its that time of the year .. crunch time for the University students. So much work and stress, and add to it the financial pressures that come at the end of a long winter. For many students everywhere this can be a difficult time. Bekah and her friends are busy today bringing a little relief. Once again they have packed some care packages and are busy right now distributing them.
Once again we are so thankful to so many who have supported this on going effort.
Friday, March 28, 2014
We had supper last night with Rachel and the boys. we always miss them when we go , so it was nice to spend some time with them last night .
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
this is the boy that was playing with gas and burnt half of his body from the orphanage
We went to buy an mp3 player for him yesterday and when the seller heard who it was for and what had happened he gave it all to us.
Sergei put a whole bunch of good music on it and gave it to him last night so he had music to listen to
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
There are other migrant orphans in the mix that we often forget about. The "Migrant worker" from time to time will bring their baby's with them or have a child while away...then become unable to care for them possibly due to sickness or life circumstances. Who looks after these kids.. who is responsible. These children begin their lives at a disadvantage, and that disadvantage can be multiplied by prejudice as a Kyrgyz child in a foreign, non Kyrgyz land. These children have been left behind, but not forgotten.
One of the Government ministries in Kyrgyzstan is working hard to advocate for these babies, and to bring them home. A lot of red tape and a lot of expense I am sure, but that does not deter them. I received a letter from the Vice Minister a few days ago requesting our help with this. Once the babies arrive back in Kyrgyzstan, they will arrive with only the clothes they are wearing. We have been asked if we can help by purchasing the clothes that they need ..
Right now we are trying to bring 7 kids from Russia, and we were wondering if you would help with clothes for those 7 kids. Thank you in advance, we wish you all the great things and hope that you understand our situation and that you are able to cooperate with us in our efforts. Vice Minister The list of kids: Boy 5 months old- warm onesie( snow suit), hat, pants, warm sweater, leggings, undershirt, kangaroo carrying pouch. Boy 3 months warm onesie( snow suit), hat, pants, warm sweater, leggings, undershirt, kangaroo carrying pouch. Girl 10 months warm onesie( snow suit) or coat, hat, pants, warm sweater, leggings, undershirt, kangaroo carrying pouch. Girl 4 months warm onesie( snow suit), hat, pants, warm sweater, leggings, undershirt, kangaroo carrying pouch. Girl 4 months warm onesie( snow suit), hat, pants, warm sweater, leggings, undershirt, kangaroo carrying pouch. Boy 11 months warm onesie( snow suit) or a coat, hat, pants, warm sweater, leggings, undershirt, kangaroo carrying pouch. Girl 2,5 years coat, shoes, hat, pants, warm sweater, leggings, underwear
As I stated in an earlier post, we have gone ahead and agreed to help in this mater, before finding a sponsor, something I try not to do. If any of you would like to help with this, we would really appreciate it.
just in case you missed yesterdays post , I just wanted to say it again because I am so blessed and excited .. A friend of ours has just received a donation of 45 cases of good quality Vitamins to bring with us to Kyrgyzstan in a couple weeks.. go ahead rejoice with us !
|I look at this stack of vitamins, and I don't see boxes, but I see the faces of hundreds, and hundreds that will benefit from these .|
Monday, March 17, 2014
|delivering oil and flour|
|bringing some food and fellowship to one of Emma's girls at school in the city|
|Grandma is happy with her groceries|
|Sabira and Emma having a visit|
|Auxana is doing well , her house was nice and warm and everyone happy .. nice to see.. they say hi to Dave !|
So while Emma was busy in Kyrgyzstan, Julie and I were on the road again , this time we were in Quebec. We were so blessed and encouraged with the hospitality .. We are at home when we get there , and never want to leave . I shared the message " Living in the land of miracles" ...
|ferry across the Ottawa river|
We arrived home to a message that 45 cases of vitamins had arrived in town for us to bring to Kyrgyzstan with us ....
|45 cases of vitamins bound for orphanages and those in need in Kyrgyzstan|
Friday, March 14, 2014
|items in the food packs today .|
|Emma with victor and his Grandmother|
|Victor lives down these tracks|
|Luba was glad to see them as well|
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
|Mountains from the edge of town|
|This is a small inlet on lake Isikol|
|Two of my girls|
|on the way up to the hot springs|
|This is were we brought the kids fishing|
|Dinner out with friends|
|and maybe a little ride in the park|
Sunday, March 09, 2014
|Olga, centre back row at a government conference|
The knowledge store is a fully licenced education centre in Kyrgyzstan, teaching basic education as well as speech therapy, music therapy and art therapy. This was the first of its kind in the region, and has been a key player in forging the way for others , and the recognition of the value of the disabled .
The centre has two classrooms and has approx, 30 to 35 students at any one time . Most of the students are only with her for a short time until they have caught up enough to return to, or enter the regular school system. As well we have had the teachers go directly to the orphanages to help the kids there. The knowledge store is a first stop for kids from families that we are trying to help.. If we can get them caught up before returning to school they will have a much better success rate.
|Olga with the kids in small group lessons|
We need to provide a stable location for the sake of the kids and their families, and we need to provide a stable income for the sake program, and the teachers that often will go with out pay.
so what are we looking for to maintain this project, pay the rent, taxes, utilities, salaries for the teachers, and supplies, including nutritional snacks for the kids every day ... we need to find $400 a month total .. either in one time donations or in monthly sponsorships .
top donor will receive a beautiful Blanket from Aigulla.. (as a side note , All of Aigulla's kids have accessed the resources provided by the knowledge store at some point.)
if a monthly donation is set up, we will calculate the total of 12 months sponsorship for the blanket challenge.
|speech therapist working with kids|
Friday, March 07, 2014
|Zamire looking over his medical files|
|Murat is feeling better and back at art class|
|Men studying in the library|
|time in the relaxation room|
|Tanya helping the men at art class|
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Monday, March 03, 2014
He has the new corrective lenses now, and with them he has perfect vision . as well his eyes are strait, so the next surgery will not be necessary. There is one difficulty. His brain has never processed information from both eyes at the same time, so it it taking longer to process. There is a new technology that they have now , there is one of these machines in Bishkek, and it helps to train the brain to blend the images. He is signed up for this treatment .. It begins on July 25 and will last for 20 treatments, each treatment will last about an hour. So I guess that will be a summer job for someone .. daily trips to Bishkek with Telik. Its a ways off so we will have time to figure that out. Who knows , maybe his eyes will come around on there own in that time .. I think thats what everyone is hoping for .
We are just so blessed that many of you have taken an interest in Telik.. He is such a good kid, and has worked his way into our hearts in a big way. His spirits are way up now that the main surgery is done, and he sees such an improvement.. but more then that, he sees that he is not alone, and that there is a whole network of people that are in his corner .. something that a young orphan boy is going to need if he is going to make it .. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this .
Sunday, March 02, 2014
|bringing HOPE to the HOPELESS|
So I think you should go get yourself a cup of coffee, then come back and listen to this story .
In the spring of 2008 we first met Jenish . At that time he had been working with the homeless for about 3 years. and had just come on as the in country director of the rehabilitation centre. Here is a video with a little history about Jenish .. and a few photos for those that can not play the video.
|this is the government shelter|
|One of the men found on the streets|
|Many live in the sewer system during the cold winter|
|Jenish brought Jamal in off the streets where he was homeless, today he is the main worker at the chicken farm that has become the heart beat of the rehabilitation centre. made possible by some of you ,|
|Giving a tour of the carving shop to a team visiting from Halifax|
|This is the entrance hall, the kitchen where they cook for the homeless, as well as where the wood for carving is stored, not to mention the only room with water for the ment to get washed up.|
|working on custom carvings . This room is the carving room, the varnishing room as well as the room where the men live and sleep. The room is small, but it is so much better then where they came from.|
|Konibek preparing meals for the homeless |
at his home.