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KHQ BLOG: Kaitlyn here-- It's our last day at the Transit Center at Manas here in Kyrgyzstan, and it was an emotional one.  Gabe and I, along with a crew of volunteers from Fairchild packed up all of your coats and drove them to the Vasilievskoe School outside of Bishkek. It was our first time off of the base this entire week, and it was an unbelievable eye-opener. Not even one mile from the base we saw crumbling structures, dilapidated farmland and piles of trash thrown about each side of the street. The streets themselves rundown, unpaved and unmarked. With every mile we traveled the conditions seemed to get worse.

 
After about 45 minutes we pulled up to the school and I was taken back by what we saw.. two different extremes. On one floor, everything was essentially new and clean-- that's the floor the Transit Center has spent months making repairs to. The  other floor though, was the complete opposite. No windows, no plumbing and crumbling walls. The 75 plus kids there ages 2-7 didn't seem to care about all of that though, they were all just happy to be with their friends and in a safe place to learn. After watching them read, write and color we brought out all of our donations. The kids jumped up and lined up to each get a coat and the gear to go with it. While many didn't have the words, it was their faces that said it all. The smiles, the hugs and the kisses to show thanks for something many would not have had if it weren't for you at home. It melted my heart. And the kids LOVE the Airmen!! Members from Fairchild passed out candy and balloons and played with the kids all afternoon long. The way the kids interacted with them was something truly special, and proof the Transit Center is making a huge impact not just on the war, but on the locals here in Kyrgyzstan..
 
This trip has been such an amazing experience and I can't wait to share it with you once I get back.  In the meantime you can check out all of these pictures I took today, until my feature stories run next week.  Alright, I have a 3:45 am wake up call and then it's off to England!! Stay tuned for more updates!
 
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