The last few days we have had a team from the farm working up at the Kashar getting ready for children's day camp for village kids. There is such a high suicide rate right now that something needs to be done to bring hope to these kids .
Before they come there are some repairs that are needed . The couches are old leather and the leather has started to spit. One day we may have them recovered, but for now Vlads mom and Alina have made fitting covers for them .
The yurts needed a little work as well. The winds are so strong on the side of the mountains that some storms they take a real beating . The small yurt was fixed up, but the outer felt and canvas door will need to be replaced.
The big yurt was taken down completely and then re instaled . There were several spots that the felt needed to be repaired, but for the most part it is all back together and back in business .
The yurt has a canvas , or "winter coat " . The top cover could not be saved so it too will need to be purchased new . These further repairs will need to wait a bit, right now we have too many other pressing needs .
Speaking of pressing needs, It is now time to start paying the tuitions, we need about $15000 for this and at this point we only have $3000 in, we can only cover a portion of this from our general fund so very soon we are going to have some very hard decisions to make. If you were thinking about helping with the scholarship fund this year, now would be a good time to make a donation, or even a pledge so that we can know where we stand.
We have started working on winterizing the automotive and paint shop. The price of plywood has gone way up in Kyrgyzstan , like everwher , but we were able to find a mill that had wooden planks that we can use much cheaper . Buy purchasing the boards and all the off cut lumber we are able to get a great deal .
The planks are at moved to the village now, and we will work on the rest over the next few days .. We will be able to sort through the off cut to pick out pieces that could be used for building and for furniture, then the rest will be cut up and bagged for fire wood that we will be able to give out with the coal this year.
Every year we buy about 1000 bags of fire wood , so this will go along way to meat those needs. They will have to work very closely with the kids to make sure that no one looses any fingers in the process, but it will be a great skill for them to learn. Looking forward to seeing some nice live edge coffee tables come out of the shop.