WFP Assistance Helps Change Lives Across Kyrgyzstan

In 2014, WFP’s food assistance supported rural development and education in the Kyrgyz Republic improving the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable people. WFP-supported projects last year included reforestation in Jalal-Abad provinces, rehabilitating an irrigation canal in Osh, school feeding in Naryn and vegetable gardening in Issyk-Kul. Here are people from various locations across the Kyrgyz Republic who received assistance in 2014.


Armaral Amirova
Armaral Amirova, a young mother of two, was a part of the WFP-supported nutrition awareness training that covered more than 4,000 rural women. Armaral learned how to improve her family’s daily diet and received fortified wheat flour and oil from WFP as an incentive for attending the training. Photo: WFP/Alima Nurgazieva


Osmon Kabulov
Osmon Kabulov, a father of five, is excited by the prospect of a better harvest after having easier access to water through a WFP’s food-for-assets project. He volunteered his labour to construct three water reservoirs to ensure uninterrupted access to water for irrigation and consumption for about 6,000 people in his community. Photo: WFP/Elizabeth Zalkind


Kursunai and another woman landscaping
Kursunai Gaparova, right, was among more than 3,600 people who benefited from WFP’s reforestation project. The project provided food-insecure families with temporary jobs while expanding mountainous forests in areas prone to avalanches, mudflows and landslides. Photo: WFP/Alima Nurgazieva


Bayaman drinking porridge
Bayaman, a primary school student in his second year, loves the rice porridge he gets at lunch through a WFP project to improve school meals. The nutritious meal he eats at school every day helps improve his health and boost his academic performance. Photo: WFP/Elizabeth Zalkind


Batma preparing rolls for the school children
For Batma Kurmanova, a cook at a WFP-supported school in Talas, the most critical time during any day is the midday break when primary school students rush into the school canteen for lunch. In 2014, she was among 400 school cooks who received intensive training to help them cook better and more nutritious school meals. Photo: WFP/Elizabeth Zalkind


Shayirkul Adrasheva
Shayirkul Adrasheva supervises a group of five women growing valerian roots that are in high demand in both local and international markets. Through WFP’s food-for-assets project, they received technical training as well as seeds and fertilizers to start up their small agricultural business. The women also benefited from a WFP food incentive of fortified wheat flour and vegetable oil. Photo: WFP/Alima Nurgazieva


Aigul Aidarova and her new phone
Aigul Aidarova, a member of the WFP-supported women’s vegetable gardening group. The group receives agricultural training, seeds and food from WFP. But Aigul took the initiative to subscribe to a weather forecast SMS service provided by Kyrgyzstan's meteorological agency. She receives real-time weather alerts that improve her group’s agricultural productivity and planning. Photo: WFP/Alma Karsymbek