Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Our project being delivered

Tuesday was WE day. Today the project We learned about in December, worked on,talked about, networked for will be delivered! This was a day WE have been waiting for. A short history; back in December, unscheduled and off the beaten path WE stopped in to see this specialized orphanage. This facility holds only about 30 children right now. They are age approzimately 6-14. Each of these kids has a medical or mental condition. From my perspective these conditions seem to include autism, developmental delay, epilepsy, lazy or crossed eyes. All the children were high functionaing. Some delayed more then others. Why were we drawn to this facility? We will never know. But what WE do know is we have now made a difference. Because we stopped, this facility now has a computer, and as of this day the finances to connect the building to the city water supply. Prior, they were carrying water for the whole facility up the stairs to use for their daily needs. Today they have been given a peace that WE held our word, We returned and again sat with this director in his office. Not only did we provide the

finances we were able to treat each one of the children to a new outfit, shorts and a shirt. We also left somsas for each of the children and the workers as well as handed out candy to each.

The pictures of the children show their excitement as they try on their new clothes. I was even able to get this older stoic boy to smile for me. And what a handsome smile it was. I can only hope that as he grows and nears the end of his time in the orphanage he and all the kids will remember that WE care and We will do whatever it takes to come back and visit them again and again and again.

The director- He knew we were coming today and wore his traditional Kalpak a suit and a tie. He was very excited and very grateful. We have already been invited back for a party on our next visit as a thank you for our help! We thank every one of our friends as it is only through our friends that We were able to provide this ray of hope and happiness!

Handing out trinkets on the street was just one of our favorite activities. We caught unsuspecting children offguard most everywhere we went. Footballs, Baseballs, light up key chains, Beanie Babies, Matchbox cars and many kilograms of candy were handed out during our two weeks here.

After our delivery at the specialized orphanage we made the trek out to a second orphange. This facility has had many renovations sponsered by the folks here in Kyrgyzstan that we have spent so much time with. Sergey was very ver proud showing us the updated kitchen, washrooms, and heating system here. Our short visit turned into a concert and time to just hang and play with these children.
The girls performed the traditional Kyrgyz Dance. And two of the boys recited a portion of the epic poem Manas!

But this amazing day was not over yet..... At the end of the day we were invited to tea with Sergei and his family; wife Natasha, and son Dima. For those who read the brother blogs to this one.... Sergei is a young man whose hand was mangled in a machine accident at work. He had given up hope, he did not know where to turn. Somehow he had the courage to ask Sergey (confusing here a bit but I spelled them both different so to tell them apart) for advice. Sergey's story was paced on Act of Kindness. Where I then read the story and took it to heart. I also asked readers for help as I knew very well the trials this man would go through in losing a portion of his hand. Within a week I received an email saying " the funds for Sergei's operation have been delivered!" WOW!!!! AMAZING.... Sergei has now had one surgery, has daily physical therapy, and will have a second surgery to attempt to improve the function of his fingers. Our surgeries were similar. And even without interpretation of languages we understood what each was telling. We both have had skin grafting, both taken from our right hips! To me this night was so extremely powerful. I still can not really fully explain the magnitude of our meeting. But a few of Sergei's words will forver live in my heart.
" My wife and I did not know what to prepare for you, we were nervous and scared to meet you, we did not know what to expect. But now you are here and we know.... You are just like us."

"After my surgery I did not know what I would do to support my family. Most men in Kyrgyzstan when faced with a stress turn to drinking. But when we heard that people were willing to help us we thought we had received a miracle in our lives and we knew we would be ok"

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