Kyrgyzstan draws global interest as Central Asia's first parliamentary democracy and a critical transit base for coalition forces in the war in Afghanistan. Although national reforms have been considered in the wake of the government overthrow and communal violence in 2010, there is rising unemployment and food insecurity, and ethnic tensions persist.
- Economic opportunity: Providing financing to small and medium sized businesses
- Agriculture & Food: Helping families manage home gardens, grow higher-quality fruits and raise healthier livestock to boost incomes
- Children & Youth: Supporting better learning through nutritious school meal programs and classroom repairs and improvements
Kyrgyzstan: The humbling reality of recent events
I was several days into my Mercy Corps internship and still couldn’t kick the jet-leg. I decided to trade in the view of my bedroom ceiling for some fresh air. I walked towards the city center as dawn crept over the jagged snowcapped peaks of Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: You're going where?
A couple of weeks ago, I began informing my friends and family that I will be spending this summer interning out of Mercy Corps’ Kyrgyzstan office. Apart from the "Borat" jokes (wrong country, folks), general responses have included:
Kyrgyzstan: Toilets and community capacity development
I arrived on a typical school day to what seemed an empty school. That was because everyone was in the bathroom!
Kyrgyzstan: Getting creative with nutrition for Kyrgyz kindergarteners
Kyrgyzstan: Microfinance and development in Kyrgyzstan
Kompanion News is distributed in Kyrgyzstan to highlight the development work that Mercy Corps and Kompanion, Mercy Corps’ microfinance institution, undertake in the country.
Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan: A confluence of crisis
The paradox of development is when our work meets a need, but that need has arisen from an unforeseen event or conditions.
Kyrgyzstan: Leaving a Blooming Legacy
The 2,000 people of Tosor are proud of their little lakeside village. Located at the base of a spectacular mountain range, on the shores of one of the world's largest mountain lakes, Tosor boasts a long history of writers, painters and composers.
Kyrgyzstan: Apple Festival Unites Villages of Southern Issyk-Kul
On October 10, 2008, the Association of Orchardists and the Gardens and Plastics (GAP) project held the Third Annual Apple Festival in the village of Kyzyl-Tuu on the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic
Kyrgyzstan: Building Furniture and a Foundation
Earlier this year, the sound of saws returned to an abandoned furniture-making plant in the center of Kyzylkia, a once-prosperous industrial town located in the heart of Kyrgyzstan's Ferghana Valley.
Kyrgyzstan: Teaching street kids a lesson