It was the winter of 2004 in Kazakhstan and to suggest that things were not going well on my journey by horse from Mongolia to Hungary would be an understatement. The temperature had dropped to -40 degrees, my Kazakh horse Taskonir had an abscess, and I found myself stuck in a semi-bankrupt mining town called Akbakai. Tigon, my Kazakh dog was but 7-8 months old, and was exhausted and hungry like the rest of us. Little did I know that things were going to get worse. In fact Tigon would soon be stolen by unemployed miners who were known to be eating strays and pets to survive.
That was when a man called Baitak, and his wife Rosa came to the rescue. They took me in and gave me everything they had. Baitak made it his mission to rescue Tigon, and after a week, Tigon was found - near death, cold, and beaten. It took tigon three weeks to recover before he could walk normally again.
Baitak and his wife were heroes, showing incredible help and care and love in trying conditions. I spent almost three months in their care. I owe my life, and that of my horses and especially Tigon to them.
Last month, just weeks before Tigon tragically died, I received a call of distress from Rosa. As it turns out, her family has fallen on incredibly trying times. Now Im asking for help to help save her, her grandchildren and son.
A tragic series of events
In 2010 Rosa's husband, and Tigon's saviour, Baitak died suddenly of a heart attack. In the years that followed tragedy struck again and again. Rosa's son in law died in a heavy machinery accident. His wife (rosa's daughter) fell into depression, and alcoholism. She has lost all contact with Rosa.
Rosa took her daughter's two young children into her care as if they were her own and now they are fully dependent on Rosa.
But things took harder turns. Her son (her only other child), Dubek, a university student, was severely injured in the eyes by an injured stranger who he had tried to help. Two years of eye operations required Rosa to start borrowing from the bank. Then in recent times Rosa herself fell ill with colon disease, requiring surgery. She once again had to borrow.
Her colon disease has now reappeared requiring more treatment, and she is in a situation where she is afraid that while she in in hospital (and she cannot work), the bank may foreclose her home, which would mean that she and her grandchildren will be left homeless.
I am aiming to raise these funds to help her and her grandchildren in what are almost unimaginably hard times. These funds would give her enough breathing space to get the treatment she needs (she urgently requires the treatment), and keep her home.
The funds are urgently required within the next two weeks. All help and comtributions will make a bog different to her and the lives of her grandchildren and son.
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