Our photo of the week comes to us from the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where the embassy is supporting the rehabilitation of the Krasnaya Recka orphanage. In the photo, a child is using an abacus to complete a math activity.
On April 28, Charge d'Affaires Larry Memmott presented two grants from the U.S. government that will improve the orphanage's premises and help to make it a safer environment for children. Rehabilitation of the Krasnaya Rechka orphanage is a community-driven initiative supported by the local government in partnership with the U.S. Government and Hyatt Regency Bishkek, a longtime supporter of the orphanage.
This project is one of many assistance projects supported by the American people through USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). Launched in May 2010, OTI's program in Kyrgyzstan aims to mitigate conflict and improve governance at national and local levels. Using its small-grants mechanism, the project supports transparent and collaborative high-impact, short-term activities that encourage democratic behaviors and build trust between citizens, civil society organizations, and government.
You can learn more about this project here.