In the final stage of the Kyrgyz Women’s Leadership Development and NGO Capacity Building program  7 U.S. delegates are traveling to the cities of Bishkek, Osh, and Jalalabat in the Kyrgyz Republic to share their experience and  present on topics such as “Growing a Non-Profit,” “Volunteerism as an Organizational Foundation,” and “NGO and Government as Partners.”

Two of the delegates are blogging to share their experiences.  Shanna Flowers, Manager of Volunteer Services of Carilion Clinic, has a blog called: Notes from Kygyzstan and Johna Campbell, Managing Partner with Cogent Management Resources, is blogging at Kyrgyz Journal.

Shana (left) with Kyrgyz journalist Aimira Urustemova

Shana (left) with Kyrgyz journalist Aimira Urustemova

Read excerpts below:

“‘A Purpose-Driven Life’ comes to mind when I think of some of the women I’ve met this week. They’re so focused, so determined, so passionate about their endeavors, most aimed at improving the lives of women, children and the disabled.”

“That’s what a small, but determined group of nonprofit agencies in Kyrgyzstan is doing. Our six-member delegation is here to share with them our various expertises i.e. marketing, international commerce, nonprofit service industry, human resources, prenatal care and of course, volunteering. Change is challenging, but Kyrgyzstan has a group of women who inspire change with their tenacity.” (Shanna Flowers)

Group attending the Legacy training for non-profit leaders

“The Legacy International training in Bishkek was so much fun! Our delegation trained about 70 women and a couple of brave men in topics related to “Creating a Sustainable Organization”… In [a] short time, they went from being a handful of ladies much like I have met any times in my life, to a group of passionate, independent, beautiful, diverse women. They have the same basic challenges that I have, plus so many more. They have so much to be proud of because they are driving change in a whole new world in Kyrgyzstan.” (Johna Campbell)