KOICA Kyrgyzstan Office, Main achievements of “My Village” project during the first year of its implementation
Do you know Kyrgyzstan's "Ashar" method? "Let's work together" is a traditional village cooperative culture in Kyrgyzstan. Isn't it similar to diligence, self-help, cooperation and the Saemaul spirit that have existed in Korea?
Perhaps, that's why the first year of “My Village” project in Kyrgyzstan has been implemented so successfully. Let's find out more about it!
Thanks to the “Saemaeul-Undong” initiative that contributed greatly to the development of rural areas in Korea, KOICA Kyrgyzstan Office has been implementing various projects in 30 villages of Chui, Osh and Batken oblasts beginning from 2019. The first year of the project was the period during which 30 villages laid foundation for self-help and self-sufficiency, and it is expected that there will be about 35,500 beneficiaries within the project. As a result of the project’s first year, there will be 27.1 km of water pipelines, 19 km of roads, three health facilities, eight education facilities, four bridges, a public bathhouse, 301 streetlights, and two sports facilities built in the regions.
The first year's project period is scheduled to be completed in June 2020, thus, as a result of which 15 villages will be selected, in accordance with the first-year project evaluation results, in order to strengthen healthy competition between the villages.
To ensure successful implementation of the project, South Korea’s ex-Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon and Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Muhammedkalyi Abylgaziiev attended My Village Project’s Kick-off ceremony in July, 2019. It provided additional encouragement to the village leaders and related project stakeholders. Local mass media sources dedicated more than 10 articles to that event and to the project in general, and it could be concluded that the project is very well received by the public in Kyrgyzstan. In addition, the ELTR TV,a local public TV broadcaster, has continuously reported on "My Village" project three times! To this date, the video clips were created to broadcast residents’ interviews and the progress of My Village projects through visiting the project sites in person, and the interview of the Country Director of KOICA Office in Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Oh Dong-gil, was broadcasted as well. Can you feel the heat of that project? Please, look forward to the next reportage to be prepared by the local broadcasting company on "My Village" project!
When you look at the responsiveness and participation of the villagers, it would be a no surprise to see the villagers armed with "Ashar" and "Saemaul" principles continue improving their villages even after the project is over. Please, continue following the news of “My Village” project in Kyrgyzstan!
#On the way to a leading project! #Let's go to Second! #Cheer up, Koica Kyrgyzstan Office! #IloveSaemaul, IloveKyrgyzstan.