|Ten years later, a dream has come
true. From our first trip to Barskoe Gorodische Orphanage, Suzdal,
Russia, we have always been concerned with the quality of the
water. Whether health concerns for drinking, or staining clothes
with heavy iron content, the need for filtration was obvious.
Today, the kids have clean water!
We began the avalanche of paperwork in
January of this year. We are always amazed, not to mention frustrated, as we
watch the government allow kids to drink stinky, nasty water for so many
years, but when the opportunity arises to improve the conditions, everyone
and their brother has to sign off on the project.
Lena searched tirelessly for the best system,
at the best price. Finding the right supplier, she took a water sample to
Moscow for testing. Based on the report, the correct filter was selected.
Over the last 8 months of hoop jumping, we
have installed the filter system, a precipitation tank, rewired the room,
and moved the sewer lines away from the water pipes. Praise God, it is
completed and will be ready for the new school year.
Once again, we could not have done this
without our hands and feet on the ground in Russia. We thank God for the
young Russian Christians who have a heart for the orphans, as they are such
a small minority. I am sure Lena and Uri now know more about water and
filters than they ever thought they would.
Barskoe's New Clinic and Isolation Room
We began planting the seeds in 1998 by
giving them the basic comforts any child needs. With each
improvement, the orphanage workers began to think of ways they
could impact the lives of the kids, from being foster parents on
holidays and summer vacation, to finding funding to help pay for
remodeling, and to contacting Russian companies to help.
A closet served as nurse's room at Barskoe.
A small desk, mostly empty cabinet, and a tiny wooden cot was the
extent of their medical care. Two people could not stand
side by side in the room. Our hearts leapt when we were
told, "We will remodel a room for the nurse, can you help with the
Director Marina remodeled another
room and Treasures purchased all the equipment. It is so
gratifying to watch as they begin to take responsibility for the
needs of the kids.
We have been in hospitals from the
north to the south of Russia, this room is nicer than 90% of them.
This year, we added
a woodworking shop and a computer lab to help with job skills.
In 1999, we took in sewing machines to help the girls learn a
trade. They are now in the process of remodeling the
sewing room and a Russian company has donated additional sewing
Russian people are
experiencing the same hardships we are in this country.
Fuel cost are going through the roof and driving the cost of
everything from food to clothing out of the reach of most
people. This is why we are so encouraged by the fact
Barskoe is receiving help from the outside. In the back of
our minds, we have always known, one day, the door may close and
we cannot help the kids as we have.