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: Helping Quake Survivors
Mercy Corps is helping house families left homeless after an Oct. 5 earthquake struck Kyrgyzstan's mountainous Alai Region.
Kyrgyzstan: The Apple Project Video
This nine-minute documentary shows every step of the Apple Project, Mercy Corps' program to help farmers grow better varieties of apples and to increase their financial independence in one of Central Asia's poorest countries.
Kyrgyzstan: Aziz: Welding His Way to Work
Kyrgyzstan: A Recipe for Healthy Kids
It's nearly lunchtime in Kyrgyzstan, and the kindergarteners in Nasiba Tashirova's classroom are getting a bit restless. A gaggle of bouncy boys and girls are dancing and exchanging handclaps while their teacher helps a group of classmates wash up for lunch.
Kyrgyzstan: Seedlings of Change
Nearly one million families in Kyrgyzstan tend home gardens. Most of these families grow apples. And many rely on the income they get from the round fruits — which originated in modern-day Kyrgyzstan and its northern neighbor, Kazakhstan — for life's basic necessities.
Kyrgyzstan: Selling the Harvest
Tamga, Kyrgyzstan — Mariam Jeenalieve's backyard orchard produces a colorful mix of apples: there's the Chinese Kulon Kitika, recognized by its alternate streaks of pink and lime-green, the golden-yellow Tashaima, and an inordinate number of pale-red McIntosh.
Kyrgyzstan: Learning to Grow
Tamga, Kyrgyzstan — It's a crisp, late-September morning that feels perfect for plucking apples, and a tree in Murat Toguzbaev's backyard is sagging with dozens of plump Red Delicious varietals just ripe for the picking.
Kyrgyzstan: Tools for Sustainable Change
Kyrgyzstan: The Pearl of Kyrgyzstan
The village of Ornok sits on the touristy northern shores of Lake Issyk Kul, the so-called "The Pearl of Kyrgyzstan."
Kyrgyzstan: Global Food for Education
In October 2001, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Mercy Corps a Global Food for Education program, which aims to mobilize and strengthen community involvement in education, and improve access to education for children living throughout Kyrgyzstan.