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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 conflicts3000 residents of Ak-Tam village district have improved access to irrigation water – one of the main causes of inter-ethnic conflictsJul 22, 2013In 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…Aziza’s small business: dreams come true…Aug 5, 2013570 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 BatkenBack to Peace through Rebuilding Trust: Women and Youth in BatkenAug 5, 2013Women 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.

  • Community development helping to provide local services during harsh winterCommunity development helping to provide local services during harsh winterAug 5, 2013

  • Farmers regain access to traditional pastures, help protect landFarmers regain access to traditional pastures, help protect landAug 6, 2013 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.

  • HIV diagnosis transforms a patient into an ART advocateHIV diagnosis transforms a patient into an ART advocateJul 21, 2014After being diagnosed with HIV, a former drug-addict founded his own organization to help other people living with HIV.

  • Initiative and effective work with local self-government bodies helped residents of Chorgochu village to get power lines, repair roads and even more...Initiative and effective work with local self-government bodies helped residents of Chorgochu village to get power lines, repair roads and even more...Aug 5, 2013Recently 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.

  • Kyrgyzstan: Bridging the Gap Between Government and PeopleKyrgyzstan: Bridging the Gap Between Government and PeopleJan 22, 2014Newly created public watchdog bodies help make government institutions transparent and oriented at people.

  • Kyrgyzstan: Reducing Harm from HIVKyrgyzstan: Reducing Harm from HIVJul 31, 2013Kyrgyzstan 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.

  • Learning to fight early marriages in KyrgyzstanLearning to fight early marriages in KyrgyzstanJul 17, 2014Cooking and sewing workshops, computer classes at schools help to empower school girls and prevent early marriages.