Greetings and happy Friday Monday!

This week’s Friday Story comes from our partners in Uzbekistan. I know the names are a bit of a mouthful, but I promise this story will touch your heart:

Khushkola was born in 1939 in the Tashkent region. In 2009, a complication surrounding her high blood pressure resulted in a stroke and paralysis. Khushkola’s husband is disabled too, her children work, and for months she had to be inside and stay on a couch. Her immobility devastated Khushkola because she was used to a very active lifestyle: in the past she was a retailer and loved spending her time with her clients and friends. The depression was so overwhelming that she started to question whether or not life was still worth living. But no more. “Now that I have a wheelchair I can go shopping and visit my friends—but most importantly I stopped thinking about ending my life. Thanks to all the people who helped me get my wheelchair!”

Khushkola knew the blessing of mobility for 70 years when it was taken from her. Her ability to move on her own was lost, of course, but also her ability to experience the joys of life. It’s interesting to note that “Tashkent,” in Uzbek, literally means “Stone City.” The city may be of stone, but your hearts are not. Because of your love for others, Khushkola’s life was changed. Thank you for partnering with us—but even more, thank you for giving Khushkola joy again.


Don Schoendorfer