Following violent clashes in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan in 2010, ethnic relations have become more strained than before. Despite living side by side, many people feel distrustful of people from different backgrounds, faiths and ethnic groups. Young people are often more willing to take opportunities to bridge divides and to connect with people from different ethnic groups, to work together towards common goals.
We provide training for young people to identify problems and then work together, often across ethnic lines, to draft action plans that seek to resolve their problems. They choose to focus on issues ranging from early marriage and domestic violence to child neglect and the perceived pull of extremist groups – all factors that can lead to violent conflict and increased insecurity.