7 years ago , along with our friends David and Jayne Schooler, we ventured into what I thought was the about the darkest place on earth. The mens home was in such a state of disrepair, it was post Soviet and had not had any repairs for years . The men were weak and lacked even the most basic food and clothing needs. I left the home and vowed never to return . A couple days later a sponsor contacted me and said they were sending some money and challenged me to go back and see what we can do.
there has been a lot of water under the bridge since that day.
Today I learned that this place, the place that was forgotten and neglected is today voted the #1 home for disabled in Kyrgyzstan . Step by step we have worked through Larisa to improve conditions for the men. things like renovating all the halls and the bed rooms, sitting rooms in each section, fixing the water system, the heating system and replacing much of the electrical system. creating an ICU unit to stop the spread of infection, painting inside and out, the creation of a physiotherapy wing with class rooms and music and craft rooms, and even a library . Gardens complete with water fountain and benches. A barber shop and washing facilities.. it is totally incredible all that has been done. We are just so thankful for all the sponsors who have come on board to help us here.
Today we came to the home to see the completion of the dinning hall . This room was dark and dingy . the walls and ceiling were peeling and flaking off, the windows were rotted out, the heating did not work, and the floor was rough and uneven and open cement . Let me take you for a little tour today ...
|this is the dinning hall , newly painted and all new windows
|In side you can see the new floor, , lights ceiling , even curtains on the windows .even the chairs have been rebuilt and have all new seats on them .
|today we had a special gift from Andy at Give first, and Larissa received a top of the line power point projector . Here I am showing her all the different methods of input.
|They were all so excited to see this
|From this angle you can see the heaters , the new lights and ceiling , new windows and curtains and the renovated chairs .. and finaly .. the new floor
|we spent a little time and visited some of the men in the class room
|This is the wall way in the physiotherapy wing
|This is the front entrance hall even new lights here .. I look around and I am starting to see pride in what they have happening here .. an incredible transformation not only in the building , but in the hearts of all that call it home.
After the home, Julie and Emma went with young Kolya to his school for a parent teacher interview . It was about 10 minutes into the interview when they were talking about financial needs at the school and how the students had to bring in funds to help with renovations.. when Julie asked for some clarification, Kolya turned and translated for her .. at which point the teacher looked shocked and asked what language he spoke to his mother in .. She had no idea that Julie was not his mother and Emma was not his sister .. that will certainly give her something to ponder over the next few days . hahaha
After lunch we met up with Vlady and headed for the mountains . There is a family there that Vlady has been helping for many years. Together they have raised bees , planted gardens and harvested fruit. they live way up the mountain and have their own solar collector and wind mill for power . with two little kids and a few extra, and one more eon the way any day , they continue to work hard at making a good home. We are there today because they would like us to help them to find a investor in their farm. We started a cow barn there in the spring, and we need about $2000 for this project . Here in Kyrgyzstan families will keep the mother cow home for the milk, and the calfs are sent to the mountain to be fattened up for the winter. This could be the place to send them
Any one who is interested in investing in this great project I can guarantee 100% that you will get NO financial return on your money, In fact I can guarantee that you will get NO return of the initial investment .. just want to be clear about that ... So whats the benefit ? well the loan will be repaid, but will be repaid by boarding cows for us from the initial investment, $1000 will finish the barn and $1000 to purchase 6 calves in the spring, these calves will grow up good and strong, then provide fresh meat all winter for the families , students and institutions we support. in the spring we can sell the last cow and buy 6 more caves for the next year. This is a good family with a proven track record, and Vlady to over see it all ... a real recipe for success The dream has been started , and when one of you catches the dream, we are just weeks away from completion.
|mountain road to visit the cow barn project
|This is the beginning of the cow barn in the foreground and the house in the back
|This is a root cellar used to store the garlic they grow .. they will fetch a much higher price in the winter
|this is the view back down the valley (from the outhouse )
|cow barn from another view .. its about 12' by about 80'
|we had knitted dolls for the kids from seniors in Canada
|The kids loved Emma and Jengish