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3000 residents of Ak-Tam village district have improved access to irrigation water – one of the main causes of inter-ethnic conflicts

In May 2013 head of Zhapa-Saldy village in Jalal-Abad province opened a concrete canal that delivers irrigation water to two villages: Zhapa-Saldy and Kyzyl-Ata. Covering the canal with concrete helped reduce the loss of water by 40-50% and provide improved access to irrigation water for 3,000 resid more

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Aziza’s small business: dreams come true…

570 young people of Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces were trained in 12 Vocational Schools on the most demanded professions during April-July 2011. They were unemployed youth from poor families aged 16-28, living in distant villages and areas affected by the ethnic conflict in the south of Kyrgyzstan in more

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Back to Peace through Rebuilding Trust: Women and Youth in Batken

Women and youth in the remote southern villages of Iskra and Andarak in Kyrgyzstan are organized into the initiative self-help groups since September 2012 as part of local community peace building efforts. The women’s self-help groups in two villages that included unemployed representatives of two e more

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Community development helping to provide local services during harsh winter

Communities helped improve local health and education services in the villages of Kuybishev, Uchkun and Kazybek in Naryn Province. The village of Kazybek sits at the foot of the mountains, and winter is harsh with an average winter temperature of -20Cº and a low of -40Cº. New heating systems were in more

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Farmers regain access to traditional pastures, help protect land

"Sandyk is a distant pasture which was used by my ancestors throughout the centuries," says Kanat Isabekov, a farmer from the mountainous Suusamyr valley in Kyrgyzstan. "But last year, I had to stop using the pasture because of a car accident on the difficult road to the pasture. Now more

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Initiative and effective work with local self-government helped residents of Chorgochu village to bring big changes

Recently residents of a remote small village of Chorgochu in Jalal-Abad province installed a new power line and a transformer in their village. Electric light, without which many cannot imagine their lives, was first introduced to houses of about 20 families living on the outskirts of the village. P more

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Kyrgyzstan: Bridging the Gap Between Government and People

Bekzat Usenkanov, 35, says he never thought that one day he would become a public watchdog because his keen interest has always been in new communication technologies. He spent several years studying abroad. Upon return to Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Usenkanov encountered problems when he attempted to start a p more

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Kyrgyzstan: Reducing Harm from HIV

When he learned that he had acquired HIV from injecting drugs, 35-year-old Mirlan (not his real name) sought help from the Regional AIDS Prevention Centre in Jalalabad, Kyrgyzstan. One day in 2005, television reporters showed up with a request to film the centre’s work.   Hoping to attract atte more

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Local Communities in the South of Kyrgyzstan Discuss Importance of Religious Tolerance for Peace

Religion has been increasingly penetrating our everyday life. Over the past twenty years we have turned from the country of total atheism to an islet where the various faiths, traditional as well as imported from abroad, peacefully coexist. Situation with religion in Kyrgyzstan remains ambiguous.&nb more

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Passing the Baton of Democracy in Kyrgyzstan

by Kori Udovički 24 October 2011 - Presidential elections will be held on 30 October in the Kyrgyz Republic—a poor, landlocked country in post-Soviet Central Asia. This vote will be Central Asia’s first presidential election in which the incumbent faithfully respected a fundamentally democratic con more