Winter is coming

It is November 2022. Cold weather has arrived.
“It is very easy to believe in yourself and develop when you have a home, close people, reliable friends, a clear life path. But when you’re alone on the street, it’s very hard to believe in yourself” 😟

We will gladly accept used men’s items, like:

  • shoes
  • socks
  • hats
  • jackets
  • pants
  • and more

Next to that we are pleased to accept the following items:

  • Used Things
  • binding materials
  • disinfectant
  • Medications
  • medical gloves
  • soap and detergents
  • food products
  • hairdressing supplies
  • and others.

Our address is : city Bishkek, st. Vasilyeva 163.
The photo below shows grateful men who received jackets.


Thank you for your kind gifts

Also this winter we received so many clothes from you for the homeless. Next to that someone anonymously donated us potatoes from his own field. OBF “Help the children – SKD” kindly donated medicine and hair shampoo. We would also like to express our gratitude to Mubarak-Ezhe for the kindly donated products: Flour, butter, sugar, potatoes, noodles, apples, detergents, etc.

 

Thanks for all! You are helping us help!


Hospice officially opened on September 4th

On this Saturday the Hospice, run by Fountain of Life, was officially opened by representatives from the Kyrgyz government and other organizations. The first deputy minister of the ministry of Health and social development, Aliza Soltonbekova, handed over an official expression of recognition to Margaret Gordon, the present director of Fountain of Life. Later on she was asked to cut the ribbon with the other representatives.

And what is an official opening without good Plov! During this very good lunch, there was the opportunity to get to know each other better and Gerlinde and Riek, the Dutch nurses were able to answer questions.

One of the speakers was Dinara Alyaeva, the president of the children’s Hospice in Bishkek. A privilege to meet with her and hear her story about the children’s Hospice.

Later on, a famous Kyrgyz Instagram vlogger, Assol Moldokmatova, came for a tour through the Hospice. She also handed over to Margaret beautiful flowers and a medal to acknowledge her work. 

We are looking back on a beautiful opening of the Hospice, well organized by Azamat and Uulkan and the whole team!

The news channel ALA Too 24 made a news report on YouTube of the opening, please click here


Food distribution by bike

This Friday we did a food distribution by a bike, kindly donated to our center.


Haircut

Although we cannot provide all of our usual services at full scale, due to COVID, we can still do most or our work on a smaller scale or by spreading the activities over the day.

This men got a haircut today. Although for privacy reasons his face is blurred, you can still see the huge difference between before and after.


Hard life on the streets

We also encounter many situations which are hard to see.

On the firs pictures you see a man who did not take of his clothes for more than one month and his clothes literally at some points glued to his body.

The last picture is someone of our staff visiting a seriously ill woman in her ward.


A better future

Although life for the homeless is very tough in Bishkek and does not always end well, there are also great stories. This young man was a homeless, but got his life in order and is now a taxi driver!


Yearly cleaning day: tidy up the leaves in the park

One time per year the community in the city here helps cleaning up the neighborhood. As Fountain of Life, we thought it is good to cooperate in this. Therefore the staff decided to join forces with our homeless clients to clean up a park in the neighborhood. Next to cleaning, of course, there should also be a good meal to regain strength to clean up more 🙂


Homeless women

At the end of the winter we wanted to give a short update. We are working as usual, although we prevent having too many people in the center at the same time due to COVID prevention. In this post we want protray an often not mentioned group of homeless people: women. Although the majority of homeless people are men, we also receive many women in our centre. Often they have a long problematic past. Some are not able to take care of their families any more due to, for example, excessive drinking. We also often assist in getting X-rays done, if there are reasons to assume that this person has for example Tubercolosis (TBC). Unfortunately, also this winter this was the case sometimes.

Below some pictures of women that visit us. For privacy reasons we blur out the faces on the images:

Also a homeless woman keeps her elegance


Hair cut

Here the transformation due to a washing, new clothes and a haircut is clearly visible. Also homeless people should get the dignity to be dressed like you and me. Move the slider in the image below horizontally  to clearly see the difference between before and after the cleaning.