Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia

by Lighthouse of Hope MK
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia
Equip a Day Center for Orphans in North Macedonia

Wow! There is something quite special about typing up a full page report and then losing the entire thing!  It really blessed my heart to no end.  So, here's the second attempt! :)


Happy June from beautiful Macedonia! The flowers are in full bloom, rain falls almost every afternoon, and the weather is amazing!  I sometimes imagine that I can hear the land, trees, and blossoms breathing a collective sigh of relief, as life begins to return to normal.  Covid restrictions are easing, people are out and about, and life feels hopeful again. 


As we have been waiting for a response to our license application for the Day Center, work continues at The JOY Home.  We recently purchased a second push mower - this one has a self-propel feature that has made it so that Malachi can help cut the grass. We now have 2 lawnmowers and 2 weed eaters, so it only takes us one day a week to cut and trim the 1+ acre property, because we can all work together.


We also had a bulldozer come to remove all of the chokeberry bushes in the second property (1/3 of an acre), so that we could level it and plant grass seed.  We are having so much fun watching the little shoots of grass spring up from the ground. 


Last week, we received an email from the Licensing Commission, asking us to attend their Zoom meeting to answer questions about our application. On Wednesday, we met with them for approximately 30 minutes.  All of the questions were very straightforward. At the end of the meeting, we were told that they will email us with any additonal questions and next steps.  So, now we wait again!  But, it was so exciting to finally see some forward progress after months and months of waiting. 


We are so thankful for you continuting to partner with us as we get closer and closer to opening the home as a Day Center for special needs orphans!  We can't wait!


I have attached several pictures of the ongoing work at The JOY Home, as well as Chicken and Tater relaxing in the "dog days of summer."  Hope you enjoy! 

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First Snow of 2021!
First Snow of 2021!

News! News! News!

YAY!!!! The JOY Home is completely done! Now the real fun begins!

We contacted the orphanage director to tell her we are ready to open as a Day Center for special needs orphans.  She was super excited and encouraging and immediately had a meeting with the Ministry of Social Policy in Skopje to tell them of our plans. 

Last week, Zo spoke to the head of de-institutionalization (you should have seen how many times I had to retype that word to spell it correctly), and he emailed us the list of requirements to become a licensed day center for orphans.

The timing has been amazing! These regulations and licensing procedures were just created last year - meaning we couldn't have started any sooner than we are, even if we had finished The JOY Home faster.  Pretty cool!

A few days ago, we received 32 pages of regulations and requirements for licensing and forwarded them to our attorney to find out what steps need to be taken. Today we met with the LOH team and have made a plan.

We are super excited to be at this stage of the work in Macedonia.  We were told that, realistically, it will take 2-3 months for the licensing commission to meet and grant us the license.  We're ok with that, as long as we are moving forward!! :)  I'll be sure to keep you updated as we work toward licensing.

As a very exciting side note - the orphange director mentioned seven children, in particular, that she wants us to start working with and I already knew four of them (they were children that I worked with when we volunteered at the orphanage from 2017-2019). How awesome!  I can't wait!


Welcome Angela and Ana!

We're excited to have two new team members, working with us!  Ana is helping organize all necessary paperwork, grant proposals, financial reports etc. and Angela is helping with administrative work and translation.  I am also training Angela in the TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Interventions) model, so that she can assist me with the children when we open the day center.  I am so happy to have both of these amazing ladies on the team!


2020 Annual Report

I was somewhat wary about working on the 2020 Annual Report this year, as I thought it would be empty and discouraging due to the Covid pandemic.  However, I was so surprised when I sat down and looked back at all the things we accomplished together, even in the midst of the mess!  I've attached the 2020 Annual Report, if you would like to take a look.


I hope you have an awesome February, and we look forward to updating you as we get closer and closer to opening the doors of The JOY Home!  We are so thankful for you!!!Check Out the LOH 2020 Annual Report

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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!

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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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Lighthouse of Hope MK

Location: Spindale, NC - USA
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Twitter: @lohsnnmk
Project Leader:
Jennifer Naskov
Spindale, NC United States
$14,444 raised of $18,300 goal
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