Kyrgyz of the Pamirs

Project Description

Life in the Afghan Pamirs

Life in the Afghan Pamirs

This short film documents life for the Kyrgyz living in the Pamirs of Afghanistan – In the Wakhan Corridor. CDI Projects are bringing educational and health care development to the roof of the world, one of the most remotely inhabited place on earth with amazing, hospitable and extremely resilient people.

Caring for the Wakhan Kyrgyz

Caring for the Wakhan Kyrgyz

Kyrgyz living in the Pamir mountains and Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan. Since 2007 CDI has been conducting research and bringing educational and health care development to the roof of the world. One of the most remotely inhabited place on earth with amazing, hospitable and extremely resilient people.

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Kyrgyz of the Pamirs Project Description

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‘I was born in the Pamir mountains and I will die in the Pamir mountains. I can not read, I can not write. If my children have an education, they have a future, without an education, there is no future. Please help my children to learn to read.’ (Kyrgyz elder, 2009)

There are around 1500 Ethnic Kyrgyz people living in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan with little access to resources including education, food, roads or medical care. They are a wonderfully hospitable group living on the roof of the world in extreme conditions. The Kyrgyz in Afghanistan live at an elevation of 13,000 feet/4000 meter with a literacy rate of less than 1%; 1 in 3 women currently die in childbirth and one half of all children will die before they reach the age of 5.

A society as a whole benefits when its members have access to education and basic health necessities. We believe that the Kyrgyz children in Afghanistan can be raised with universal access to education and infant and maternal mortality can be reduced through health education and treatment.

Therefore, the goal of this project is to respond to the request of the Kyrgyz people living in the Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan by partnering with them in developing and promoting education for children, addressing health issues through health education and treatment, and providing aid where possible and necessary.

We will work toward this goal by:
Continuing to provide necessary teacher trainings & educational materials.
Promoting children’s education and helping address issues that prevent children’s education.
Providing health education clinics using ethnic Kyrgyz doctors who can train in their own language.

Partnering with the National Children’s Hospital in Bishkek to provide ongoing women’s health education, assessments and treatment.

We affirm the UN’s Millennium Development Goals:
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/