When “Julia” started working as a teacher in CDI’s education project at the home for children with disabilities in Jalal-Abad, she wasn’t sure how it would go. She had some training as an educator, but no experience with non-typical children. However, as Julia got to know the children, she began to see their abilities as well as their disabilities. As the months went by, Julia recognized the lack in her own training and longed for new ideas to help these special children to learn and grow. The manager of the education project brought relief in the person of an American special educator from Osh — the next city over. She spent time with Julia and the other teachers in Jalal-Abad, addressing their specific questions about specific children, as well as encouraging them and sharing new ideas. Julia has new energy now in her very important work.