KEMIN SENIORS HOME
WHERE HOPE AND DIGNITY HAVE BEEN RESTORED
Kyrgyzstan is among the poorest countries in the world, and the second poorest in Central Asia. Many homeless simply cannot survive its harsh winters. To escape the cold many hide under manholes. Those who do not live in manholes often lose limbs due to frostbite, according to socialdocumentary.net.
A World Bank report in September 2007 showed that 43.1 percent of Kyrgyzstan’s people lived in poverty in 2005, of which 11 percent were deemed to be living in extreme poverty. And food prices continue to skyrocket, while wages remain the same or creep up slowly.
Homelessness is a tragic result of the conditions of poverty and lack of resources for those most vulnerable – the widows and orphans of Kyrgyzstan.
As Kyrgyzstan struggles to gain economic strength, the social issues are so large, they simply cannot do all that needs or should be done. That is the primary reason the help that comes from churches, NGO’s and other volunteer foreign groups is so important to Kyrgyzstan.
In Kemin, a Kyrgyz family sacrificed all to start the Kemin Gift of God Friendship Center. This home – which is a building that was a kindergarten, was deserted and in terrible condition when they were given permission to use it for bringing in homeless seniors.
|OLYA - Always asking about a young woman that was with our team in the past,|
she love her and just wants to see her again.
Masha, Valentina, Katcha, Reeta, and Olga (LAMb Team)
Through the efforts of many different organizations and individuals, repairs were made and today it is very different from what it started to be. Yet, improvements now have brought a new challenge. They were recently told by the prosecutors office that the city wanted the building back for a kindergarten and that they needed to go and find another place. We cannot believe this is happening, as they were promised a permanent place – and now with improvements, this challenges them to be once again homeless.
For today – all is safe, as there is no one standing in the doorway asking for the key, but the fear is there. What can we do? Pray, continue our presence there – show the authorities the good work they are doing and speak boldly for their stability in their home.
|It is winter in Kyrgyzstan - cold and getting colder.|
The seniors sit wrapped with coats, sweaters, thick socks.
We need your help.
|Tanya, the director at Kemin - stands and watches us leave. I often wonder|
what she is thinking, what she hopes for, what she worries about,
what she needs from us. Sometimes I am just afraid to ask.
Kemin Senior Home is a blessing to 43 seniors – all have a NAME, A HISTORY, A PAST, AND are sitting together in Kemin praying for a HOPE.
We will be taking all our Dayspring Children to Kemin next week - they have prepared a beautiful Christmas play and concert. We will cook a meal for them.
Might you want to share some Christmas Blessing with them? We ask you to go to the donate button and consider gifting something to help in their blessing this Christmas.
The LAMb Team