The staff of the Greenhouse offered students to go to Jalalabad. We had a project in order to help local people there. People of south capital were so hospitable that we were very pleased to see them, and they in turn us. They took us in as guests and cooked us plov, a sign of reverence and respect.
The goal of the team that I volunteered with was to gather as many kids as we could to compete in a football tournament at a local school. We wanted to teach, interest and entertain them after the violent events in the south that took place that June. In my opinion the children needed some sports and entertainment.
We divided the kids into teams and began to teach them different games. It seemed to me that the children really enjoyed everything we did. The children were very active in preparing for the tournament. They diligently prepared both physically and morally. We had a trophy which they were competing for.
Finally the day came they all had been waiting for. The fans and spectators came and the game started. I noticed that each player tried to help his team, having become friends with one another during this short period of time. The team that won was very deserving of the prize. We also decided to give them tracksuits, balls and lots of sweets for their victory. We gave each of the children a certificate for their participation. The children in fact did have a lot of fun.
As for our other teams of volunteers, they helped people by providing clothing - jackets, jeans, socks, all that they needed at that time. We also taught some women how to knit. The other team helped with the construction of houses which were burned during the events in the south. I think they even had nowhere to live, and our volunteers from America and Bishkek decided to help them with the construction of buildings. The affected residents of the south were so grateful to us, but they didn't know how to thank us.
I feel good that we were ready to help during these difficult times in Jalalabad. We didn't ignore the problem but we were ready to go to support and help them. I was very happy for the opportunity to visit the people there and speak with them personally about what had happened that June. I hope this will not happen again in our nation's history and our people will begin to understand each other better and appreciate what they have today. After all, we are one people and children in this world.