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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 residents. This will help irrigate larger areas of land and eliminate one of the most frequent causes of inter-ethnic conflicts.

  • Aziza’s small business: dreams come true…

    570 young people of Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces were trained 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 June 2010. The training was organized in by UNDP, UNICEF and UNHCHR within a joint project “Youth, Livelihood and Peace Promotion”, which was initiated in response to the crisis situation. The project was funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund and the Government of the Russian Federation.

  • 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 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.

  • Community development helping to provide local services during harsh winter
  • Farmers regain access to traditional pastures, help protect land

    Pasture land in Sandyk can accommodate over 28,000 heads of livestock, however, poor road conditions and deteriorated infrastructure made it extremely difficult to access for many farmers in the Suusamyr valley and Chui province. Mr. Isabekov was the only farmer using it until recently, when he decided that the risk of taking his livestock there for the summer was too high.

  • Green projects for landslide risk reduction in villages of Suzak

    The 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.

  • HIV diagnosis transforms a patient into an ART advocate

    After being diagnosed with HIV, a former drug-addict founded his own organization to help other people living with HIV.

  • I am the lawyer: the study, which lasts the whole life

    During the training we had more detailed study of human rights standards. It was quite important for me to become acquainted with the human rights protection instruments existing at the international level.

  • In Kyrgyzstan, farmers organize to overcome poverty

    Farmers in the largest pasture valleys in Kyrgyzstan organize into traditional groups, jamaats, to better manage lands and resources.