Patrick Eckford Patrick Eckford, Hiatus from Economic Recovery Program Manager, Kyrgyzstan Patrick Eckford’s stories Kyrgyzstan: A warmer New Year's Day for some deserving kids A big "RAHMAT" — "thank you" in the Kyrgyz and Uzbek languages — to our donors who helped us respond to the crisis in Kyrgyzstan! Kyrgyzstan: The laughter of a child When I was briefed at Mercy Corps headquarters just before leaving for Osh this time, a field veteran mentioned an important security indicator to watch for when entering a conflict zone: the presence of children. Kyrgyzstan: Getting entrepreneurs back on their feet Yesterday was a really good day. We approved over 130 “equity grants” (cash disbursements) to micro-entrepreneurs who suffered direct losses. Mostly their businesses or inventories had been burned or looted. Kyrgyzstan: Don't give up on Kyrgyzstan It has been a very difficult few days indeed watching the tragic events in southern Kyrgyzstan unfold, making frantic calls and worrying about the safety of all our dear friends and my previous colleagues there.