Handicap International intervened in Kyrgyzstan for the first time in the summer of 2010 in response to inter-ethnic violence in the south of the country. The organization offered job training and support to vocational training colleges to help reduce the poverty level among people with disabilities. Handicap International’s involvement in Kyrghzstan came to an end in the summer of 2015.
Kyrgyzstan is one of the poorest countries in the former Soviet Union. Despite considerable efforts to strengthen its political institutions since the departure of President Kurmanbek Bakyiev, its democracy is far from stable. Ethnic violence broke out in the regions south of Osh and Jalalabad in 2010, and humanitarian aid is now being focused on the economic revival of these areas. The situation remains extremely delicate.
Handicap International supported vocational training for people with disabilities by promoting cooperation within the private sector, aligning vocational training with market demand, and training teachers in three private and public vocational training centers in disability inclusive training techniques. The organization has also set up links with the local Ministry for Social Protection, the Ministry for Youth and Employment, and micro-credit agencies to improve the provision of personal assistance services to vulnerable populations.