The heating system is failing and WILL NOT HEAT THE DINING ROOM as it is.
Most of the disabled men have difficulty walking - and some are in wheel chairs - imagine their difficulty walking on these floors.
The men are waiting for the day when they can say they have a home - instead of an institution!
HEADING TO KEMIN AND ISKRA TOMORROW.
DATELINE: September 30, 2011
What a day - we spent the entire day at Dayspring pulling together forms, file systems and plans for the future. It was a very busy day for the staff. We would like to report that Dasha our little darling has settled in and is showing smiles and giggles too. She has had a visit with her mommy and we will work hard to have many more. Reunification is our goal is possible. All children need families and our family at Dayspring is a welcome respite for our little one. She loved her shopping trip with Dayspring mommy Acel and was eager to show off her new clothing. She only had the clothing she wore when she came.
TOMORROW: We are heading to Kemin in the morning - Senior Day - we will take gifts to our 32 seniors and just tell them how much we love them. We will enjoy company with them and then head to Iskra to take some gifts to our friends at the home for disabled men - many there are seniors too. AND we will see the progress of the renovations going on. We should have our window grates in, and the heating system started. So much more to do.
- Complete the heating system
- Plaster the ceiling
- Plaster the walls
- Fix the floor - just to begin with and this does not include the needs for the kitchen, for dishes, spoons, and so many other things.
But watch - we know you care and ANY donation designated to this project goes immediately to work. You will see pictures in our next blog.
YESTERDAY: We had the celebration for the opening of the Bishkek Humanities University Child Welfare Specialization. We honoured the President of the Association of Social Workers - Vera; and the Dean of the Faculty for the BHU Social Work Department. It was an awesome fruchet with the faculty and friends of BHU. We thanked Chris Tappan from New Hampshire for her hard hard work in being the key person to work with the faculty in implementing the courses. Chris has done an awesome job and will greatly missed by all the faculty and students of the University. We also recognized the United States Embassy for their contribution in this project - giving Chris the financial support needed to do the work she has done. Chris was recognized by the Embassy as a Fulbright Specialist and approved to help us with this incredible project.
We have more work to do before completion - but things are well underway.
The LAMb Team
Serving on the Silk Road
(Thanks to Jayne Schooler for taking these pictures when she was here just two weeks ago.)