ADRA Kyrgyzstan cares about relief and development, but we also care about kids having fun. With our football school in Tokmok, we have made both development and fun a reality. Four hours a week, 54 kids learn how to pass, how to shoot, and how to form teams. These children, most of whom are abandoned or impoverished, are given a complete uniform, including a pair of cleats and a jersey with the ADRA logo. More importantly, they are given an alternative to crime, addiction, and violence.
Along with other schools in the district, Tokmok travels and competes in tournaments, allowing each child to get time on the field. The team even won the final championship in August 2014.
Our website further highlights the projects, programs, and people of ADRA Kyrgyzstan.
In the past four years, Kyrgyzstan has survived two revolutions. Today, the government remains unstable, and ethnic tensions continually threaten the nation. Though official statistics indicate that 35 percent of the population lives in poverty, private agencies say it may be as high as 80 percent, with most citizens lacking access to basic education, public health and services, and programs for vulnerable groups.