Kyrgyzstan

KYRGYZSTAN

From 2013 until the end of 2017, the Implementing Practices to Address Child Labour in Tobacco in Kyrgyzstan (IMPACT) project aims to make a significant contribution to the elimination of child labour in tobacco-growing areas of Osh Province in Southern Kyrgyzstan. 

So far, 9,000 children have been withdrawn or prevented from entering child labour and have improved access to education, water and sanitation facilities. Over 15,000 people in 38 villages in four tobacco-growing areas were reached regarding child labour issues. Through the project, 1,500 farmers have also increased their financial resources and diversified their income.

The IMPACT project addresses the root causes of child labour, including poverty, low mechanisation levels, poor quality of education, and a lack of employment alternatives for youth. Since the main tobacco company decided to leave the country, a two-year sustainability phase has been established to support the farmers’ diversification efforts until the end of 2017.

WHO BENEFITED FROM ECLT PROGRAMMES IN KYRGYZSTAN FROM 2013 TO 2016?

ADULTS

CHILDREN

17,832

10,751

GETTING CHILDREN
OUT OF CHILD LABOUR

The ECLT Foundation identifies vulnerable children and adopts a comprehensive approach to keep them away from child labour:

  • the ECLT Foundation withdraws children who are engaged in child labour;
  • it prevents children at risk of entering child labour; and
  • it protects children who are by law old enough to work but who should not do tasks that are harmful to their health, safety and well-being.

Children taken out of child labour

ACTUAL

16176

TARGET (December 2017)

12800

EDUCATING CHILDREN

By providing education opportunities and infrastructure for schools, the ECLT Foundation helps give children a better chance to succeed in life – a means to escape poverty, training for a job that uses their gifts and talents, and someday, an income to support their own children so that they can end the vicious cycle of child labour.

Children enrolled at school

ACTUAL

10371

TARGET (December 2017)

5000

Children benefitting from after-school programmes

ACTUAL

1207

TARGET (December 2017)

1100

Teens who are in or have graduated
from vocational training

Through vocational trainings and apprenticeships, Kyrgyzstan’s youth acquire skills to get a job and earn an income that can help them live the life they want.

ACTUAL

1876

TARGET (December 2017)

1000
SUCCESS STORY

“I want to be one of the most famous fashion designers.”

Samara Madamin is 23. Born in Kadamjay District in Kyrgyzstan, she had to work very early to support her family by growing a variety of vegetables, maize, wheat and tobacco. 

“I often missed classes, I had poor results, and because of the hard work, I had an iron deficiency.”

Then Samara was enrolled in the professional sewing training that ECLT created. After two years, she improved her sewing skills and joined the Nasyikat Dressmaking Centre. 

“Last winter, we designed and sold warm winter vests. We have now started sewing light spring jackets to meet consumer demands.”

With her work, Samara saves money every month so she can afford to go to college. 

“I hope to have a better education and to become one of the most famous fashion designers. And when I am, I won’t involve my children in child labour; I will try to provide them with a decent childhood and educate them.”

RAISING AWARENESS

The ECLT Foundation raises awareness about child labour so that parents and community members know that sending children to the fields instead of schools is a violation of children’s most basic rights.

People trained on child labour issues

With its partners, the ECLT Foundation conducts awareness-raising activities including campaigns, parent and teacher committees, workshops, calendars, publications, radio talk shows and radio dramas.

ACTUAL

18221

TARGET (December 2017)

6000

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

ECLT works with communities to build their capacity to withdraw children from child labour. We help strengthen local structures and policies to ensure sustainability. We facilitate the participation of all stakeholders to create synergies and have a greater impact.

SUCCESS STORY

Reducing child labour and improving livelihoods
through loans and mechanisation.

ALLEVIATING POVERTY

Poverty is one of the key root causes of child labour. The ECLT Foundation works with communities to increase economic opportunities for families so they can better deal with this everyday struggle.

Parents benefiting from microloans

ACTUAL

TARGET (December 2017)

4894
5500

Microloan recipients are provided with small loans at preferential interest rate. Microloans have proven successful in reducing poverty and addressing the root causes of child labour. 

 

Households trained to manage their finances

The project also provides trainings on business planning, financial management, and good agriculture practices.

 

ACTUAL

1692

TARGET

2700

SUCCESS STORY

“My most important wealth is my kids.”

Sultanbay Biymurzaev is a 43-year-old man who lives in the Too-Moyun rural community of Kyrgyzstan. He is the father of five children. His family struggles to make a living – his kids have helped him in the fields since they were seven years old; this often involved weeding, watering or harvesting.

“I understand that their helping had a negative impact on their academic performance in school. Sometimes they missed school or could not do their homework in the evening because they were too tired.”

In Kyrgyzstan, the ECLT project aims to reach more than 35,000 people in 38 villages in four tobacco-growing areas. Among them is Sultanbay, who benefited from microcredit.

“The loan really helped me to develop my activity. My children go to school and two of my sons received a diploma for excellent study last year, which made my wife and me very happy. Our goal is for all of them to have a higher education. Now I believe my most important wealth is my kids. I want them to achieve something greater than we have achieved.”