My name is Ashlyn and I'm a twenty three year old from New Zealand.
For the last few weeks I have been volunteering in a remote village called Jyrgalan, which is in the eastern most province of Kyrgzystan; quite close to the border with Kazakhstan.
Let me tell you a little bit about Jyrgalan. The village itself was established in 1964 (pretty young by Kyrgyz standards) to support the operation of the local coal mine. Fast forward 40 or so years, Soviet Union collapses (Kyrgzystan was apart of the Soviet Union as a self governing constituent state) and the mine in Jyrgalan (its only source of income) stops operating on an industrial scale. The village suffered and a large percentage of the people left in search of economic opportunities elsewhere. Fast forward to recent years and the village has seen a breath of fresh air (not the actual air, it doesn't get much fresher than this up here!) Thanks to USAIDS BGI Project, there has been an influx of tourism (the village surrounds are idyllic) and many developments undertaken in order to stimulate tourism to a profitable level.
This is where I come in, I have been teaching English to a small group of adults here who run the guesthouses. I usually take a walk around the village in the evening, take photos and interact with the locals. One day I was walking down the main road and to one side of the road I see these little kids using a trailer as a slide and on the other side kids climbing over a rusty digger. Having a playground as a child is something we all take for granted, yet they produce some of our fondest memories. I kept walking and thought to myself, these kids need a safe and fun place to play. There are many young children who live in Jyrgalan and they're the sweetest kids. I want to fundraise enough money in order to install a playground at the local school, the gates are always open there so it will enable it to be used both during and out of school hours. I will organise for the playground to be built and will corroborate with the school in order to do so. I plan to cover the payment processing fees myself and donate whatever is left out of $100.
Even if you don't choose to donate thank you for reading. Perhaps if you would be so inclined to share through your Facebook or Instagram that would be much appreciated. I'll also be sure to keep all donors updated as to how the project comes along and the final product! Any extra money raised will be directly given to the school as a donation to spend on what they please.