Back to Peace through Rebuilding Trust: Women and Youth in BatkenWomen 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 ethnic groups, Kyrgyz and Tajik, jumped in the joint income generating activities. They organized garment sewing shops that helped build trust and peace among two major ethnic groups, as well as facilitated women’s role in this process in the villages. Local government provided facilities and UNDP project helped repair the building, purchased equipment and launched production process.
Bekjan Arapov: "Do not give up - that's my motto"When you live in a remote transborder village, you may not expect to get well-paid work. It seemsthat you have no opportunities and the only way to earn for living – is to move to the capital or abroad. Arapov Bekjan , a resident of transborder Ak-Sai village of Batken district, thought the same until the time he heard about the possibility to get grant resources to start own business about five months ago. Bekjan is 31 years old, owner of a small grocery store. Having an economic background he never worked in this particular field. Bekjan shares that up to this moment he was always satisfied with life, but had a feeling that he must to achieve something more.
Green projects for landslide risk reduction in villages of SuzakThe green projects were launched in 2012 (Tash-Bulak) and 2015 (Kyr-Jol) by joint efforts of ayil okmotu, local residents, Kochkor-Ata forestry, UNDP project "Disaster Risk Management" and WFP programme "Food for Work". In Tash-Bulak village, 100 kg of almond seeds, 500 seedlings of elm and 300 seedlings of walnut were procured for planting. In Kyr-Jol village on three dangerous sites 1500 seedlings of almond and maple were planted, 500 seedlings on each site of 0.5 hectares. In addition, the UNDP project procured cement, barbed wire and angle bars for fencing the dangerous site in Tash-Bulak. Tash-Bulak ayil okmotu contributed additional funds for construction materials and organization of hot meals for workers. WFP provided over 8 tons of flour and oil to a working group of 55 people. In Kyr-Jol village ayil okmotu made contribution of 24,100 soms, while the UNDP provided construction materials worth 245,065 soms for fencing. WFP allocated more than 4 tons of flour and oil as a compensation of labour.
Kyrgyzstan: Reducing Harm from HIVKyrgyzstan still has a relatively low prevalence of HIV, but the virus is spreading at one of the fastest rates in the world. The country’s location, at the crossroads of drug trafficking through Central Asia, has helped drive the number of injecting drug users up by 50 times in the last two decades, for a current total of around 25,000. Mostly men, they account for about two-thirds of HIV cases. Recent increases in the number of women and children with HIV indicate the epidemic is slowly but surely spreading into the general population.