Really this was more comparable to a Foster Home. We lived with the children for several days. It was the first time we ever actually lived at an orphanage. The project was in partnership with high schoolers from Access Program in Kant, Kyrgyzstan. They prepared an all-day program full of lessons and activities for the children.
We cooked meals for the kids.
Each afternoon we went to the village park and did a variety of activities with the children from the community.
A 17 year old Freshman organized this project! We are proud of his initiative to put such a great effort forward!
We brought lots of clothes with us, preparing them for the winter.
Our volunteers spent a day visiting three orphanages just east of Bishkek. It was the final project of our summer!
Student volunteers threw a birthday party for the kids with birthdays this month. They gave gifts, danced and sang songs. This is one of Nurbek's performances.
And this performance is with Eddi, Almaz and Kasym.
We sent a team of 14 volunteers to Pokrovka for eight days. They trained the orphanage caretakers and parents of disabled children in the region in Occupational and Physical Therapy. While the caretakers were receiving training, our volunteers did activities with the orphans.
We invited Ryan Decker, from Michigan, USA, to teach Physical Therapy to the orphanage staff in Pokrovka. Jyldyz Ormanbekova, Bishkek Humanities University student volunteered as his translator.
Eunice Herman, an Occupational Therapist from Ohio, joined us to give training. We also puchased therapy equipment including the platform swing pictured above.
Aisuluu was a volunteer in the Activity Group. They did activities for six hours each day with the orphans including coloring, exercising, puzzles, dancing, painting and puppet shows.
Bermet and Alexei read the children stories from the Bible.
Artyom, a student at Slavic University, played music for the children.
Students prepared a Christmas/New Year's Program for the children at the Baby Orphanage in Bishkek. They also brought them each gifts.
Bermet and Alice take the kids outside to play.
Gulia leads the children in a Polynesian dance.
With the generosity of our donors we were able to buy gifts and supplies for the kids such as winter socks, soap, fruit and candy.
Kanykei shares her talent of playing the Komuz with a boy in Belovodsk.
Gulyanda was one of five girls who went on a four day trip to serve the children at the orphanage in Pokrovka. They prepared activities to do with the kids including drawing and dancing. They also prepared a dinner celebration of Plov.
Nazira was the student leader of our Summer Orphans SoS Projects. It was her idea to take the kids to the park for rides and a picnic.
Students joined up with foreign volunteers from India, New Zealand, USA and Sweden to have a costume party and deliver ice cream!
Alicia spends a hot afternoon indoors with the kids in Krasnaya Rechka.
Aiperi uses her love of dancing to bring joy to the kids in Tokmok.
Thanks to our donors who made it possible!
Seek peace and pursue it
Salam is Peace. At the core of peace is respect.
We believe that Salam can grow in Kyrgyzstan through its youth using their talents to benefit not only themselves but to benefit the community through volunteerism.