Written by, Eugenia Chung, Producer

About a month ago, our team managed to successfully complete the first stage of this project in Kyrgyzstan and returned back to the States. When we look back on this crazy journey, it's a miracle that we've come this far. How'd we do it? I honestly don't know! It’s all a blur right now... but somehow every day, one step at a time, taking leaps of faith, we’ve come this far. But, we definitely did not come this far on our own. In every step we took, there are traces of many others who supported us, believed in the cause and cheered us on.

So, how’d we do it thus far?

It was honestly because of everyone who was there helping us—they are the backbone of this project.

We came back to the States briefly to organize the work that is going on here, figure out next steps, and repack our bags. This time, we're taking all the nice coffee we can get, peanut butter (a rarity in Kyrgyzstan), and a whole bunch of Sriracha bottles. Oh yes, these are absolutely vital for our survival... trust me.

 The thought of saying goodbye to Chipotle burritos when I go back in Kyrgyzstan breaks my heart... I think I'm too attached. Oh how I will miss thee.

The thought of saying goodbye to Chipotle burritos when I go back in Kyrgyzstan breaks my heart... I think I'm too attached. Oh how I will miss thee.

On a more serious note, we also came to re-focus, come together as a team and remind ourselves why we are doing this project. Honestly, many times, it feels and looks like "Mission Impossible.” People may think we're out of our minds... but we push on because the voices of the daughters of Kyrgyzstan need to be heard. It is for all families crying out for a brighter future.  It is because it IS POSSIBLE for their lives to be filled with hope. What better way to live the one life we have than to live it out for others?

 Meet Soy Sauce, our Alya Production's kitty.

Meet Soy Sauce, our Alya Production's kitty.

I don't know how everything will turn out, but it's definitely worth a try. And, it would really not be possible if it weren't for all of your love and support. With that as our foundation, from what just started as an idea that popped into my mind on that hot summer day in June of 2013, now it is time to step into the second stage: Make the Film.

We leave to Kyrgyzstan in just a few days to join the production team and start preparing for production! We will also be launching our fundraiser soon to raise the remaining funds needed to see this film come alive!

Will it all work?

Well, we’ve come this far! Let’s continue this journey of #SalvagingHope together and find out!

Kyrgyzstan, HERE WE COME!

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