Friday, July 21, 2017

even more smiles

We have some guests staying at the guest house this week.  They have been checking out the village and the farm.  They were also up to the yurt for a visit.  This morning they were helping the kids working in the garden.  I got a text from Nick that they needed to do another delivery.  
So today the delivery went to Bacute orphanage.  πŸ˜„

This is a huge delivery and a huge blessing to them . 

It was nice for the kids to have a visit as well .. 

a delivery like this will be enough for a few weeks of great nutrition, it will also be enough for the orphanage to start canning for the winter .  

today's delivery has a value of about $200 .. the cost for us to deliver is about $10 .  It may not seem like a lot but if we are looking at daily deliveries like this for the next couple months  we could be soon overwhelmed by the delivery expenses, but right now we are fortunate to have guests staying at the farm .. a couple nights stay will pay for our delivery expenses for the next couple weeksπŸ˜„ .  Next up is the seniors home. 

I have shared so many needs over the last few weeks , I am always hesitant to share, but am overwhelmed by the continuous  out pouring of support .. Just in the last few weeks we have been able to purchase the tickets for Emma and Jengish  πŸ˜„ as well as their medical insuranceπŸ˜„, and they will be leaving Kyrgyzstan in a few hours  πŸ˜„ ...  Marat was able to go to the dentist πŸ˜„ and has registered in Art school and has had a week of entrance exams πŸ˜„, Nick got his new glasses so he is ready for school in the fall πŸ˜„ Olga has had her operation thanks to many of you πŸ˜„three other orphanages have received food drops in the last couple weeks πŸ˜„, we are making great headway with the scholarships and the thermometer has begun to climb πŸ˜„we were able to get about two weeks worth of canning supplies πŸ˜„we have been able to get material for crafts in the gift shop and blankets to give out to families in need πŸ˜„ we have been able to give away goats and pigs to families who are so blessed by the boost πŸ˜„  We also have one sponsor that will help Auxana rebuild her home and barn πŸ˜„and another that is going to replace all her lost animals , and some πŸ˜„ A couple days ago we ordered and put the deposit on a second yurt that will make it possible for kids from the orphanage to have some outings at the mountain ranch. πŸ˜„ and Julie and I have our tickets to return in a couple weeks. πŸ˜„     Then there was the air conditioning we put in one hospital clinic  πŸ˜„ and about 80 % finished the needed renovations on Dr Tatyana's clinic πŸ˜„   One of our boys was able to complete his driving lessons and got his drivers licence πŸ˜„ we were able to receive a new boy on the farm.  πŸ˜„

As I look ahead at the projects in the next couple months, like  winter coal needs , more tuition's and on going health care and operating expenses on the farm, it is easy to get overwhelmed, but all I have to do is look back at all the great sponsors and actually start to get excited about what is going to be next   


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More things that make me smile.

Tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, cabbages  .. What a blessing to be able to have this produce for them already, Most of these will not be available off most fields for another few weeks, so they are still far too expensive for the orphanages to have normally. this not only represents  the first fresh veggies of the season for them, but marks the start of a long growing season when this will be a regular stop on our deliveries . .

I love when the kids that grew up in this orphanage can take part in growing and bringing fresh food to them .. it is so good for them to be a part of this. 

Now is the Harvest :  Its all hands on deck now that we are beginning the harvest .  

Nick with the tomatoes .. the raspberry patch is behind him, another couple weeks and they will be in full swing as well .   Dustan is bringing in the green peppers 

Over in the green house they where picking the tomatoes .. well at least Dustan was , I think Romma was too busy eating them . 

Ulukbek unloading at the Red River Orphanage 

 Look at these beautiful yellow peppers along with the fresh tomatoes 

We had to get more canning supplies .. this was about $150 and will last about 3 or 4 days .  This is always a great way to support .. sponsors  purchase the jars and we fill them up and bring them to families and institutions  in need through out the winter. 

We had some animals purchased from the farm for us to give away .. The pigs are a little trickier. we can not bring them to the orphanages because of the hole pork thing, but we do have some very good supportive hard working neighbours in the village that could sure use the food .   

here is a cute picture of Sammy that makes me smile as well. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Things that make me smile.

Its nice to see the cellar filling up again.  They have been very busy at the farm.  

They have been getting lessons on the soap making as well.  Up until now Emma has been doing this but now the others must learn the process, but most importantly they need to learn the importance of EXACT measurements. 

We are just $400 CDN / $300 US away from covering the extra renovation expenses for Dr Tatyana,s office  ,  We have sent the first part of the funds to keep them working, and will send the rest as soon as the donations come in. 

We are also excited that funds have started to come in for the scholarships .  Marat got his registry in on time.  He has also had to bring in a portfolio and write some entrance exams .  Next he will go back to Bishkek tomorrow to paint a painting on demand at the school.

One year ago , Marat was told he would be totally blind in three months, A year later because of sponsors like you, Marat has a hole new future ahead of him.   Stuff like this makes me smile .. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

"you say Tomato - I say Tomatoe "

And just like that we have tomatoes .. Now along with the cucumbers, we will be in the tomato business.  I wish I could say it was easy but not everything is easy, but we are up and running now, and look forward to being able to provide fresh tomatoes and cucumbers year round.  

Here is a little look through the last year.  

March  2016 breaking ground 

putting in the foundations  

mud and straw back walls built

welding the frames 

parging the walls

 Polly Carbonate installed 

digging down  the ground 

breaking up the soil and adding manure

Preparing the beds 

planting the seedlings 

starting to grow 

starting to climb on strings 

tall and mature , starting to pollinate flowers with a small paint brush 

and we have fruit

starting to ripen  

ready to pick 

We have two greenhouses. One is producing tomatoes and the other has cucumbers. 

we have started harvesting off of the fields as well .. cabbages, cucumbers, zucchini and lettuce.  Yesterday they were picked and delivered to the Chui orphanage  

I wanted to bring up the need for Tatyana's medical clinic again.  The repairs turned out to be way more extensive then planed and to get the clinic back open again we need about $1200 .  This is such an important need for so many people who rely on Tayana for their health care, including every one that we work with, both on the farm and in the community .