Around £6,000 is needed to fund each of our professional development courses for teachers of English. Our volunteers pay all their own expenses, so this is all spent on the administration of the course itself plus teaching and learning material for the Kyrgyz teachers. Funding has so far been obtained thanks to the generosity of trustees’ friends and family, with some recourse to crowdfunding. Further funds are urgently needed if this work is to continue beyond 2022.
The Gateway project cost £54,000 for the first three years, to cover the pay of the expert teachers, computer facilities and learning material. This was achieved thanks to a £20,000 grant from the British and Foreign School Society (BFSS) and a further generous gift. The work in the suburbs of Bishkek has been so rewarding that it has been sponsored for a further two years until the end of 2023 by the Swiss Fondation Mire-Mont, which has enabled the expansion of the Gateway Project to meet the strong demand.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have also sent additional donations to Kyrgyzstan to help alleviate extreme poverty as the country was shut down. This money helped to buy flour, oil and hand sanitiser for families with several children in poorer districts of Bishkek and in the Bazar Korgon area.
If you feel that you can help us to achieve our funding goals, please kindly contact us. Our immediate need is for a data-projector to support both our projects.