Refugees created strong organization in Kyzyl Kyia.
Refugees from Tajikistan face a lot of difficulties starting a new life in a new place. There are 596
refugees (120 households) in Kyzyl Kyia, and many face problems with housing and unemployment.
Recently these refugees have been taking more initiative to resolve their own problems. In 2001, with
the support of Batken CSSC, the refugees created the NGO Radjab Ata, which currently provides
support to refugees. To build the capacity of the NGO, its members attended training seminars
delivered by Batken CSSC and Counterpart, including PCA facilitation. As a result of this assistance,
Radjab Ata designed the project Construction of Toilest and Dust collectors. The project was
approved and financed by UNDP/LIFE to the amount of $4,000. This project is being successfully
implemented. Currently, Radjab Ata is one of the best NGOs in Batken Oblast with qualified staff,
good material base and effective communications with their communities.
Solid Project Design Skills Win Funding
In May 2002 the Counterpart funded project to renovate the secondary school Alykul in the village of
Tashtak (Suzak Rayon) was successfully completed. $4,871 in grant funding supported major repairs
to the school. An additional $2,679 of Counterpart grant funding allowed the community to install a
new heating system. With all these repairs, the community still lacked technical equipment to put in
their renovated school. The school badly needed basic materials such as desks, chairs and
blackboards for the 750 student school. The NGO El Kutu Elette and Tashtak community members
took the initiative to address this problem and attract additional resources. With the NGO's proven
ability to design projects, they prepared the project Providing school equipment, which was funded by
Mercy Corps with $5,100. The community was able to purchase 9 blackboards, 12 tables, 20 chairs
and 75 desks.
Stable Partnership = Stable Funding
The initiative group of Eski Pokrovka, as a target community of the Osh CSSC, has experience in
community project management. While cost share from the community and local authorities was
agreed upon by all parties as a stipulation of grant funding, the local authorities cited lack of funds
and backed out on their commitment. The initiative group, ultimately responsible for the cost share
requirement, scrambled to collect the $507. This process helped the initiative group realize the
importance of interaction with local authorities and community members. The Osh CSSC, aware of
the struggles, conducted training in Social Partnership and Advocacy and hosted a roundtable
discussion on strengthening cooperation between NGOs and local authorities. With broad
participation from NGOs, community members and local government, five communities developed
agreements to work with the initiative group, who in turn established a stable partnership with the
Kyzyl October village board. The village board supports the initiative group's activities with a set
aside in their budget equaling $2,325 in 2003. As a result, the initiative group is able to address
problems in their own and seven neighboring villages of the Kyzyl October village board.
Innovative Partnership for Long Term Development
A partnership agreement between the Kumtor Operating Company (KOC) and the CSSC of Karakol
was signed in February and provides support to local NGOs, community organizations and initiative
groups to implement activities addressing social problems, protecting local interests, and
strengthening cooperation among communities, businesses and governments. According to the
agreement, KOC is providing $2,439 annually in grant money to be disbursed through the local grant
committee in the Issyk Kul Oblast. The first meeting of the grant committee took place on June 20,
during which 12 of 30 applications were approved. In order to implement credit activities the CSSC
Karakol and KOC have founded the Microcredit Agency, which was registered in April 2, 2003. The
sum of $4,878 will be given as credits to NGOs, CBOs, and initiative groups with a 20% interest rate.
Every year the credit portfolio will be replenished with accrued interest rates and additional
contributions of KOC, which estimates annual funding at $4,800. The sum of $2,073 has been
allocated to cover costs associated with administration, grant review and selection, and monitoring
and evaluation. The cooperation with KOC contributes to the sustainable development of the CSSC
and development of local NGOs/CBOs.