Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans Conference May 2017
I AM ADOPTED was the theme of the Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans conference that took place in Karakol Kyrgyzstan on May 11 and 12th. Speakers from the KWO team included Anton Putilin, Andre Lysov, Vadim Yashim, and Kumbat Isabekova as well as Lubo Hlavacka from the WWO global leadership team.
Through the messages the audience was motivated with a vision to activate, connect and equip local Christians for ministry to orphans and vulnerable children of Kyrgyzstan. During the two days of the conference the vision for Kyrgyzstan Without orphans was shared. It was discussed how children develop best in families and the theme of best practices in caring for orphans was addressed. Information surrounding the situation in Kyrgyzstan concerning orphans and institutional care was shared with the 60 participants.
It was encouraging to see the positive response from local leaders and participants. It was a moving moment when James Metelak led the audience in singing a special song that was written by friends in Ukraine and addressed the issue of orphans in Kyrgyzstan.
KWO has a strong and active national facilitation team with a vision to see orphans in caring and loving families, not only in country Kyrgyzstan, but in entire Central Asian region.
Kyrgyzstan, which sits in the heart of Central Asia along the ancient Silk Road, has a population of 6 million, 75% of which are Muslim. At present 12,000 children are in institutional care.