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Stephane Razzo

Stephane Razzo

Israel 

So… my times here is almost over here in karakol and I really feel like I need to sum things up.

Travelling in so many countries and experiencing cultures has really opened up my mind in so many ways and Kyrgyzstan was no different. You get to hear of the way other people live, eat, drink, work, love and hate and sometimes it could be so different that it seems like if you were living in another planet! The differences could make your mouth open but in the same time you realize that as human beings, we’re not all that different – we’re all in it together. We all have aspirations, hopes and dreams for a better future. For some of us it lies within the arms of someone we love, a community we trust or in a country far far away from here, and at the end of each day, I wish anyone of us could just stop and think: HOW CAN I MAKE THE PLACE I LIVE IN A BETTER PLACE?

It could be your family, friends or even your own neighborhood! Kyrgyz people have the one thing many people don’t have in America, Europe and Israel and it is the strong sense of community, of togetherness. Of the warmth and love you show to one another unconditionally when a person is in need.

 USE IT.

There is a saying in the Tora, the Hebrew bible, which says: Ve a’havta le’reacha kamocha – you shall love your friend as you love yourself. Help the ones you love, act, act as human being who wants to live in a better place, who wants to see a change – who wants to BE THE CHANGE. Volunteer.

     

Volunteering was the best thing I could offer myself on my once in a lifetime Journey in Asia, and for that I am greatful. Greatful for the people I met, for the things I saw changing around me – for the things I learned. I learned that being a better person is not about having more money, or having a better car or clothes it’s about DOING good, taking matters to my own hands and not waiting for someone else to do it for me. LEADING THE WAY.

LEADERSHIP. An organization formed by hard working Kyrgyz women, more powerful than any other  group of women I saw in Asia. GUYS, WAKE UP! Nastya, Sabina Jenia and many others have always been there for me either struggling to brake to language barrier or enjoying life’s most enjoyable moments. One of my life’s most enjoyable moments was definitely spent during my time in karakol’s children home: either teaching English, playing football or just hanging out with the kids in their backyard was an AMAZING experience. Everyone was so welcoming, from the beginning when I didn’t speak any Russian and all the way up until now – where I could feel I just made someone happier and by result I AM HAPPIER.

And that’s what it’s all about.

So if you’re a volunteer, a local guy I knew or even if I didn’t and you have any questions, thoughts or you just feel like talking about it. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Take care everyone and досвидания!

Stephane Razzon, Stephane or simply Steph J

 

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