Thursday, July 3, 2014

2014 GRADUATION WITH ORPHANAGES - THREE NEW RESIDENTS FOR JEREMIAH HOUSE

JEREMIAH HOUSE 
WILL 
RECEIVE 
THREE NEW
YOUTH
(Waiting for Government Papers)


Although youth graduate at grade 9 from the orphanages - they still have two more possible years of education if there is help and support for them to join in an education program or school.  Some youth go straight to a technical school - and for orphans this is usually not a good place.  Co-ed dorms, little supervision and lack of Life Skills to understand how to manage this new "freedom."

Jeremiah House is a pilot - a model to demonstrate another way of helping - working with youth to help them make good decisions, learn Life Skills and to complete education that will potentially offer them more opportunities than without.

We are following all the grade 8 and 9 students from several orphanages - two state orphanages and several non-government ones.  With these over 100 students, we know we cannot help them all with residential services - but we can offer them encouragement, Life Skills and mentoring if they will be willing.

Jeremiah Project is one step in the right direction - and we pray there will be other NGO's that will follow suit and create the same type of services and resources for graduating orphans.  We   - together can make a difference one youth at a time!

And these youth are so very young.  Two 15 year olds and one 16 year old.  

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SPONSORSHIP TO JEREMIAH PROJECT!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

NEW YOUTH JOINS OUR FAMILY AND UPDATE FROM JEREMIAH HOUSE


About Jeremiah house...update from Olga!
Getting Ready for School
New Boy Arrives 
Ira Serves
Vika Shares
Omerbeck Promises to Study
and more....



HERE IS THE EMAIL FROM OLGA - OUR RESIDENTIAL DIRECTOR FROM KYRGYZSTAN....
We have a new boy at Jeremiah House -  Dzhanybek.

We met him first this spring in the mountains, and I liked him there a lot, I remember even sharing with you about this kid. He has excellent marks in school, very smart, and won a contest amongst smart kids of KG this year, he also came to our meeting with graduates from the Chuy orphanage when we had at the Jeremiah Drop in Center.
His plan at that time was to go and study in Bishkek, he thought he could stay with his aunt, but last week the day before camp he contacted us, he was ashamed to ask, I could feel it, but he asked if he could stay at JH, he actually called us because Vika (who is now living at Jeremiah House) told him "they are good people, they promised to help, and there is an open place for a boy, please contact them", so he did, we met with him and talked.

For couple of years he attended the old Pentecostal church, they have a shelter there, and he went there and lived there for a short time, but they are not able to take kids for long periods of time.

His goal is to finish the school, he studies really well, has most A at school and several B marks. He wants to continue to study after school. He stays with Gulnara at Jeremiah House for a week now, and he already told her "it is so different here from every other place I've been, you are like a family here"...

I also wanted to share the change and success I see in Ira...
I believe that she is changing, and I see the changes in her, it is just that she needs more time.  Ira went to camp with us, and I tell you that amongst all the kids who went with us from the church, to help;  she was the most responsible one, she never left her team of young kids, even for one moment, she was getting ready for the evening meetings every day with the girls, discussing the topic of the day with them.
We thanked Ira a lot during the camp for her serving.

Ira also told Katya, that in the camp she was able to see that the profession she is going to study for is really hers, after being with kids she understood that she will become a good teacher, cause she likes this kind of job.

Most of the kids from JH will go to school # 2, not far from where they live.
Vika will go to technical college # 35, she will study for a cook for now.
Ira is going to college to study for primary school teacher.

Asis will stay in Ak-Bata. I met with his mother today. He earned some money during the summer, and his brothers will add to pay for Ak-Bata, but she asked me if we are able to buy new uniform for him.

Alimbek and Aisulu are staying at home, Tamara (their mother) solved all the needed things at school, did all the paper work, I can tell you that I am happy about this. Aisulu really began to grow, and I think that partly this happens because she went home, she wanted to go home, at home she feels safe, and she grows.
By the way her family is doing some construction work, and planning to add room to the house.

Omurbek promises he will study well, because he is going to be in Kyrgyz class.
Anya is ill with chickenpox.
Everything is good there…children are developing and learning.

But Ruby for the future I think it would be good for them to have a TV, it would give some space to Gulnara. Her room is very small, and she can't be alone from the kids at all, they are following her constantly, if they would watch TV a little in the evenings it would give her some space I believe. But it is a desire - not a need for future.
The little old TV that they had is not working any more.

Me and Costa are doing meetings there with kids every Tuesday now, and it is good for all of us, we are getting to know kids more, and have more opportunities to share God with them, and as Constantine was a youth leader in the past, he has really good ways of sharing the word with kids.

I wrote you before, and just remind you, that we need to get kids ready for school and need about $600 for all the kids; clothing, shoes, and school supplies for both the kids at Dayspring and at Jeremiah House....

(NOTE from LAMb:  We have one opening at Jeremiah House at this time - a place for a boy.  We are holding that place at this time for Slavik.  His sister Vika is at Jeremiah House (noted above) and she is doing well.  We are praying John will talk to Slavik when he gets to KG and will be able to help him see the benefit of joining our youth at JH.  Please pray for Slavik!) 



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

COTTAGE INDUSTRY TO BEGIN AT JEREMIAH HOUSE

A COTTAGE INDUSTRY FOR JEREMIAH HOUSE

Youth at Jeremiah House are learning, developing and moving forward with their lives.

Yet, this following question has been a big one for us.  

"Will our helping actually help - or will it build dependency."  

So much has been said recently of "how helping really hurts."  We have seen this as well, and have heard youth say things that confirm how past built an entitlement attitude.

We know the youth at Jeremiah House have a limited time to learn Life Skills.  They are part of a family at JH and  'mom' Gulnara has been teaching them to cook, to clean and to raise their chickens - which are now laying eggs.

Yet we know youth need more than this.  We offer them educational help, counseling, and spiritual guidance as an ongoing activity in the home.

They have a weekly cell group, assigned responsibilities and many more learning opportunities.


BUT CHECK THIS OUT!  A NEW COTTAGE INDUSTRY FOR JEREMIAH KIDS!



See this sewing machine?  We are planning to start a new cottage industry with Jeremiah House - making national crafts.  We have space to put a sewing center - Here are the needs for the center:

1.  Put heat into the room. ($450.00)
2.  Install work tables, shelves for fabric and materials. ($375.00)
3.  Put in a good floor. ($200.00)
4.  Purchase two sewing machines. ($350.00 EACH - Donated FUNDS HAVE BEEN GIVEN - DONE!)
5.  Purchase one sewing sizer. ($350.00)
6.  Purchase sewing materials.
7.  Get instructions set up for youth.
8.  Sell products - to visitors and send to North America for support of new industry and youth.
9.  Teach youth to budget with their resources from the Cottage Industry.

YOU CAN HELP - JUST CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON ON THE LAMb BLOG!