Nov 23, 2020

So much progress has been made!

The JOY Home
The JOY Home

Hi there friends of Lighthouse!

 

We are so excited to tell you about the progress that has been made on The JOY Home and our work to give trauma-informed care to orphans in Macedonia.

 

Here is a quick update:

1)  We have a team hard at work translating all of the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) training materials into the Macedonian language, so we can begin offering training to caregivers of children without parents here in Macedonia.

 

2)  The JOY Home is finished!  In October, we completed the Heating for The JOY Home project, which provided a pellet heater, water heater, and all of the necessary pipes and equipment, as well as the labor involved to have the equipment installed.  That was the last major step before we can open the home for children.

 

3)  We are now ready to meet with the director of orphanages and group homes in Bitola, to speak with her about opening The JOY Home as a Day Center for orphans with special needs.  At The JOY Home, they will receive physical therapy, learn healthy attachment, and enjoy play therapies in a home atmosphere.  We can't wait to get started!

 

We are continuing to work through the COVID crisis in Macedonia (and around the world), and are hopeful that we will be able to provide care for the children, in spite of the current pandemic.  Please follow our Facebook page (Lighthouse of Hope MK) for up-to-date information about this, and other, projects we have for special needs orphans in Macedonia.

 

Thank you so much for your encouragement and financial support. It takes all of us, together, to make this dream possible!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Best Regards -

Jen Naskov

Oct 16, 2020

Almost There!

Hi Friends of Lighthouse of Hope MK!

We wanted to give you an update on some things hat have happened since our last report, in July.

We've been hard at work, even with all of the COVID mess in and around Macedonia (and the rest of the world).  We were able to use the donations for The JOY Home to do several neeeded items at the home.  Here are a few of them:

*The Dog Kennel is finished! Two of our therapy dogs-in-training, Chicken and Tater, (we call them "the twins") finally have a place to run around and get out all of their extra energy, while also staying safe from the many street dogs and wild boars that roam the area.

*We purchased safety items, a pack n play, and several car seats, as we prepare to open the Day Center for children.

*Also, because there are no closets in Macedonian houses, we were in desperate need of shelving and cabinets to keep all of our donations, therapy equipment, and toys.  Just two weeks ago, we had three new shelving units installed, and they are beautiful!

*Finally, we had a gate installed at the front of the side property, and had the fence fixed, to keep out unwanted critters and street dogs.

Last weekend, a team came from Skopje, to help us prepare the home. They organized all of the donations on the new shelves, pressure washed the balcony, removed some dead trees in the yard, cut back overgrowth, and filled some holes around the property.  They were a HUGE help! 

We're almost there!  Be sure to follow us on social media to get the latest news from Lighthouse of Hope MK and our work with orphans in Macedonia!

With much love and thanks!

Jun 22, 2020

Update from The JOY Home

Yay!!! We  have working toilets!
Yay!!! We have working toilets!

Hi Friends -

I just wanted to give a quick update to our project Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia, to thank you for your support and show the work that has already been started at The JOY Home.

Until this month, the JOY Home had a non-functioning well and water system. The old pump was burnt out and there was no water pressure tank that is used to keep the pressure to the house continuous.  With your gifts, we were able to purchase several of these items, and the plumbers have installed them!  We are so excited!  The JOY Home has water!

I've attached pictures of the items we have purchased so far, and even one of the toilet flushing! I've never been so excited to see a toilet flush in my life! It's been two years since Lighthouse of Hope purchased the JOY Home and this is the first time we have had working water!  So, THANK YOU!

We will continue to post project reports as the work is completed.  Currently, we have plumbers working on a leak they found (once we had water) in the main floor bathroom. However, it isn't a very bad leak, so it will be fixed very soon. As soon as that job is complete, they will begin installation of the water filtration system, to make the water clean for drinking.  We also have contacted the contractor to begin work on the onsite therapy dog kennel.  And as soon as covid restrictions make it possible, Faith and I will head to Ohrid, to purchase some of the items on our list:  strollers, pack n plays, car seats, etc. We can't wait!

Thank you again, for your encouragement, support, and interest in orphan care in North Macedonia.  We appreciate you!

Smiles -

Jen Naskov

Water Pressure Pump
Water Pressure Pump
Submersible Well Pump
Submersible Well Pump
 
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