Orphans in Kyrgyzstan

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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.

Visit: yfci.org/appeals/oak-house/

Or mail to:
YFC Asia Pacific c/o YFCI
​PO Box 4555 Englewood, CO 80155

Designate: Oak House #63102, #631 Central Asia

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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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If you’d like to know more about how we got started and where we’re headed you will want to check out:

How and Why We Started

The Mission

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  1. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Thanks for sharing this story. This is a great reminder of how our love & care can truly launch people forward in life. Great work!

    1. Sometimes all someone needs is a little extra love and care to make the difference! Thank you 🙂

  3. It’s amazing how God takes our simple acts of sacrificial love and works wonders in lives. This is a great story, Christina! Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Truly. Thank you!

  4. This is heartbreaking yet full of great hope and redemption. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yes it is!

  5. What a touching story! Full of heartache and also, full of hope. Thank you for sharing.

    1. It is.. so much HOPE!

  6. Beautiful and touching story!

    1. It is.. I am so glad she seems to be doing great!

      1. Ah, PRAISE GOD! It really touches my heart. Thank you for all you do.

  7. This is a truly inspirational story. Thank you.

    1. Thanks Deb 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing. It is so easy for us to try to pretend these situations don’t really exist but they do and we have a responsibility to make a difference

    1. You are right – it is much easier to pretend. I think also, it’s just such an overwhelming problem across the world, we don’t know what to do. But something is better than nothing!

  9. Beautiful story. By the end of the video, I prayed blessing on that precious girl. But I realize there are so many more who have no place to go. May God bless your ministry.

    1. There are! Thank you for your prayers Anneliese! They are important. 🙂

  10. I’m glad for this girl and others who found hope and life in Oak House and similar organizations. I like how the pages of Scripture turned during the sense of abandonment in the video. There is hope in our difficult periods of life. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you Stephen! I am too thankful and inspired! 😀

  11. Thanks for sharing this. I dealt with lots of abandonment issues from when I was younger, so I really relate with this.

    1. Sorry to hear it. It does help to know we are not alone in our struggles.

  12. Thank you for sharing background on how this sweet girl opened your eyes and your heart to a real problem. I’m thankful you allowed God to take that new awareness to follow His call to help and bring others in to ‘stand in the gap’ with these kids.

    1. Thanks Elaine!
      I’m also thankful that God allowed me to go & see the power of personal and spiritual investment in kids without family. Such a sweet young woman doing so great now.

  13. I’m so thankful that you were able to interact with Dasha and finally be able to start Finally Forever Homes. I love your mission – it’s so important.

    1. Thanks Sarah!
      Me too! Such a blessing & so interesting that on the other side of the world it’s so much of the same problems that can be solved in similar ways. 🙂

  14. What an amazing story of both you and Dasha! Bless you in your ministry to teens!!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie!
      She does have such a powerful story. I truly cannot grasp her heartbreak – to live in what she thought was a safe, secure, and loving home just to be dropped off at the orphanage, never to see her parents again.
      Poor girl. She is so resilient though! Praise God for His redeeming power.

  15. Thank you for sharing this! I’m in tears but it makes my heart so happy to see her encouraged so much by the word of God and His presence in her life!

    1. Thanks Amber
      Truly God made such a difference her life and the church & people who were the hands and feet of Jesus – giving her a home, food, and a safe place to live & so much more!
      God bless the Oak House.

  16. Thank you for sharing her story with us!

    1. It’s so powerful right?
      God bless Dasha.

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this story. So many people go through what we cannot even imagine, and we never hear it. You gave her a platform so that others can learn from her story.

    1. Thank you for the encouragement Brittany! Her story is worth hearing! Orphans everywhere (here in the US) need their voices to be heard. 🙂

  18. I bet Dasha never imagined that her story would impact yours, and now so many other foster kids, by extension! Isn’t it marvelous that telling our stories really can change the world? Thanks for sharing! And who knows how many others are now being moved and inspired to act, thanks to Dasha’s story!

    1. Hi Jill,
      I would bet you’re right! It wasn’t just her story, but others who touched our lives. And the power of a loving community – surrounded by a church – was really encouraging to see. And yes- it would be awesome if more people jumped on board this mission to make a difference!

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