It all began with a simple question from a little girl living in an orphanage in Tokmok. "Would you buy me a komoz?" (the national instrument)
We replied, "we have a more fun idea - let's learn to earn." So, working with the orphanage director, the children spent a week "learning to earn."
Here are the pictures from last spring -
NOW THE UPDATE
We just received this from one of the professors at IUCA who works in the orphanage:
Hope you and your family are doing very well. I know that I
don't write to you very often due to work load, but today I just cannot stop
myself. I have a piece of news for you and I couldn't wait to share it . A
couple of weeks ago I was visiting our kids from the "Beikut Yiu" orphanage and
when we were talking about their hobbies they remembered about two komuzes "they
have earned". According to them it was difficult but worthwhile :). They also
said that someone have presented them a piano, and now some of them are taking
piano classes. On Sunday when I was observing students teaching the director
asked one of the boys (Syimyk) to leave the class and send him to banya. When I
asked her later what was going on she told me that Syimyk was going to Turkey to
take part in an international contest. A few best komuz player from Kyrgyzstan
were selected and our boy is one of them! It would never happen if your weren't
there! Who knows, maybe those komuzes will give him a chance in his life and Syimyk
will become a famous musician one day!
We are so thrilled to hear from Natasha....and just ignites a bit of homesickness for us! Those instruments were purchased with financial gifts from our friends at home.