How do you change people and communities when you can’t go near them? When the government of Kyrgyzstan forbade gathering in groups of more than 3 and traveling more than 1.5 kilometres from home, CDI staff felt stymied and depressed. We talked with friends who struggled to get necessary food for their families, but didn’t know what to do. But a friend of CDI had an idea. We can all get to food stores. We can all go out in our neighborhoods. So, we pooled our funds, got a matching grant and set to work. We connected with neighborhood leaders to find the neediest households and just gave bags of staples. Already we’ve made connections that could lead to training opportunities in the future. Sometimes to do development, you have to offer some relief!