Kyrgyzstan, a landlocked nation nestled in several mountain ranges, borders Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Sometimes referred to as “the Switzerland of Central Asia,” it is home to several diverse ethnic groups. And nearly 35% of its population is less than 15 years of age.
Approximately 13,500 children live in orphanages in Kyrgyzstan—though a surprising 94 percent of them have at least one living parent. A myriad of factors contribute to this statistic, including challenging economic conditions, alcohol, and drug abuse—as well as those factors raised or exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.
But God is at work! One of our partner ministries in Kyrgyzstan has been working with the government and is beginning to see an opportunity to make these at-risk children visible. They hope to soon start solving the issues of kids with no “adoptable” status who are presently living in institutions.
Won’t you praise God with us for His faithfulness to needy children around the globe, even as we face the challenges of a pandemic? And please pray that very soon “unadoptable” Kyrgyz children would know His intervention in positive, tangible ways.