And What They Taught Us About Hope
I didn’t know Dasha was an orphan when I met her. I just knew she was a friendly teen who was volunteering to help run the summer camp alongside me at the local church in Kyrgyzstan where I was visiting.
Currently her government only supports orphans until they reach 15 or 16 years old. There are no resources for a child once they turn 16. It’s nearly impossible to get a full time job until 18. Orphan girls are left to fend for themselves on the street and are often trafficked.
A Home for Orphans
Dasha lived at a place called the Oak House. The Oak House was established to provide young women with safe places live while they transition into adulthood. Not only this, but they have mentors, help with their education, food, and are surrounded by a loving community.
Dasha and the other girls I met from the Oak House made a huge impact on me because I had volunteered back here in the United States with some foster youth. Here, at a cold government facility, they were rough and tumble – defensive rather than hopeful. They had a place to stay, education, and food – but they were surrounded by hired employees rather than a loving church community.
Seeing the difference, gave me a picture of the kind of hope having a place like the Oak House can provide for foster teens here.
Her story testifies to the powerful impact that love, support, and community can have on the trajectory of kids like Dasha.
It gave me the motivation to step out in faith to start Finally Family Homes.
I met Dasha July 18th 2017. Finally Family Homes was officially founded Sept 7th 2017.
Below you can watch Dasha share her story in her own words.
Watch Dasha’s Story – One of the orphans from Kyrgyztan
We are a separate ministry from the Oak House, but we love the fabulous friends who run it and want to see them do well, too. So please consider donating to their project to build a hostel where these young ladies can work right next to where they stay.
Or mail to:
YFC Asia Pacific c/o YFCI
PO Box 4555 Englewood, CO 80155
Designate: Oak House #63102, #631 Central Asia
One purpose of this blog is to help parents of teens navigate the challenges of preparing their children to be successful independent adults. The mission of Finally Family Homes is to provide the same kind of support for those teens who don’t have a family or home to help them transition into adulthood.
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