The economic situation, created in part by Kyrgyzstan’s failure to complete the transition from communism, continues to be dire. Factories remain closed, unemployment has soared and malnutrition is rife. A growing number of children live and work in the market bazaars without parental supervision, and there are increasing rates of institutionalisation and abandonment of children by parents who are unable to cope. 5% of the population live below the poverty line.
Our Children's Villages in Kyrgyzstan
We began working in Kyrgyzstan in 1999 when a community was opened in the capital Bishkek. An SOS Nursery provides pre-school education for children from the Village and the neighbourhood. In 2002, an SOS School for 300 primary and secondary pupils was added to the facilities at Bishkek.
SOS Children's Village Cholpon-Ata opened in 2002 on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. The Village has 12 family houses and a four-classroom SOS Nursery for up to 80 children.
SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan
Isanova street 94, flat #3
Tel: +996/312/611 546, +996/312/611 547
Fax: +996/312/611 552