So lets start first with Christmas parties .
Every year we put on a huge celebration with the blind society . Upwards of 250 kids come to this who are blind or deaf, or come from families who's parents are. Our friends in Bishkek over see this event and do an amazing job every year. .... $10 / child
In the orphanages we put on a big celebration with singing, dancing , sometimes a movie and popcorn, and also include a small gift for each child. This event is over seen by Sergey and Anya with the assistance of the young adults on the farm. ..... $10 / child
Friends in Tokmok this year are planing a special Christmas for the un-reached. The idea is not to bless their own regular group of kids, but to reach out to families and kids that may have never celebrated Christmas before, and make this a special year for them. they are trying to raise enough for 300 kids. our involvement in this will be overseen by Vlad . ..... $15/child
Tanya continues the work of her Mom Laurisa . This will be a hard year for many of those that she helped as it will be the first Christmas with out her . Other years we have been able to provide her with a budget of $2000. Any amount will help and will make a difference.
Nutrition, health and well being
We have a reliable supply of good quality Vitamins that we can order through Jengish's brother. We can provide some need specific vitamins to a family for the winter ( depending on family size) for about ...........$20
Christmas food hampers are a great way to bless an entire family and to let them know that they are not alone. It is also great to give them a little break in the daily struggle to provide for their nutritional needs. These would be packed and distributed buy the young adults on the farm .. A food hamper............... $40/ household
Dental visits are something that we always have a need for , many times when a need arises if we do not have a sponsor already, we will just do what is needed to deal with the pain, but then we need to follow up and finish what has been started. A visit to the dentist and treatment averages ............$75 / visit
Coal is always a big on going need .
. I have heard the saying that if you are bad , all you will get is a limp of coal for Christmas .. We know people that could only dream of a lump of coal. We have a small supply of emergency coal to give as needed through the winter, but we know that this will not last and we will likely need another 10 tons before winter is over, and the price will only go up. The average supply of coal that we give to those in need is 1 1/2 tons ..... $80 / ton
Fun and entertainment
Coffee house supplies
We can not begin to express what a blessing it has been to so many to have a coffee house . It may seem like something extravagant at first , but we have found that more counseling and healing takes place over a cup of coffee or a warm tea then anywhere else .. this is true for both the farm kids and guest alike. Across the street from the farm there is a man that provides and repairs wheel chairs to people. We are thrilled to be able to open up the cafe, and its wheel chair accessible washrooms to those waiting . We are always in need of coffee . We try to get as much brought in with teams as possible, but the winter is long and coffee is expensive ..............$20 / kg
We always like to have one item on the Christmas list that "Tips our hand " about future development on the farm
A couple of years ago we had an opportunity to purchase another piece of property connecting to the farm . It was a great deal , and we even had a couple different people ready to help us buy it, but we declined. We were not in a position to take on more responsibility and more maintenance, and did not have a need or a vision for this at the time.
That same piece of property is back up for sale again . This time we are ready .. We would like to get it and have the young men on the farm renovate it and set up a business in it . This would be a great place for some of them to experience working off the farm, but at the same time not deal with transportation issue, as well would be close so we could keep an eye on things .. for this need we are looking for donations totaling ...............$14 000.
|The yellow is the existing farm , the red is the property we are interested in|
If you would like to help with any items on this wish list, you can donate on one of the links above and add in the memo where you would like your donation to be used , as well please share with your friends, not just on FB but maybe even your Church, family or business friends would be interested in helping. You can also contact me and I will send you a Gift certificate that you can print out to go in a card if being used as a Christmas gift .
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