Pilot Projects

Project Description

Prototype for Warmth

Prototype for Warmth

Now that cold weather has set in, there is one village medical clinic in Kyrgyzstan that will be warmer this year than in years past. Staff from the Kara Suu office of CDI travelled to the remote mountain village of Bekjar to lead local workers in the construction of a more efficient furnace.  The Kara Suu … Continue reading

Camping with Future leaders

Camping with Future leaders

In July our Kara-Suu office ran a week long summer camp for young people. The focus was leadership training, and in addition to our volunteers, around 20 young people helped with preparations leading up to the camp. These young men and women had attended training sessions since January, where topics such characteristics of a good leader, … Continue reading

Bringing Art Back to Jalalabad

Bringing Art Back to Jalalabad

In the mountain city of Jalalabad, art is making a comeback amongst young people in a small art studio and classroom located near the center of the city. The studio presented its first art exhibition on Friday April 17, 2015 in the streets of Jalalabad where the work of at least 15 young school children … Continue reading

Geometry and Woodcarving

Geometry and Woodcarving

Since our last post about “boys and knives”, our traditional woodcarving project has taken leaps and bounds. We are now 4 months into our first apprenticeship program with 5 apprentices who are enthusiastic to learn all they can about the woodcarving craft. These students were chosen from an entry level woodcarving course we ran last autumn. … Continue reading

Sun Power

Sun Power

“I am really afraid of this coming winter. How will I stay warm? How will I pay for electricity?” This is a common sentiment among many people in Kyrgyzstan facing inevitable power cuts and rising electricity and heating costs. In 15 years of living Kyrgyzstan I have never heard so many people concerned over how … Continue reading

Teaching and Training

Teaching and Training

What is better than teaching young people skills for the future? Helping to develop local teachers so they can teach these skills! This is our focus with an education project we are running in conjunction with a local school. CDI staff are teaching English and Woodcarving to young people, while working alongside a local teacher to … Continue reading

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Pilot Projects Project Description

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We are involved in many short term projects and events within communities that don’t come under our larger project umbrellas. Some of these are pilot projects in new areas, some of them are requested by the communities we are working with. No matter why they were started, we would like to tell you about them so that you can see the full extent of our work.

We value working alongside local partners in all of our projects to ensure that they meet genuine needs and are tailored to suit the people in their culture. Some of these projects quickly lead onto locally run initiatives, some of them introduce us to new communities and others develop into long term projects.