In each of our programs Legacy offers participants the tools to increase local and regional peace and stability and to addressing root causes of critical community issues, such as poverty, inequality, intolerance, and rule of law. Our Kyrgyz Women’s Leadership Development and NGO Capacity Building Program is a model for this goal of growing peace from community action.

On April 6th, 2010, civil unrest broke out in Kyrgyzstan and had spreading to the capital by the following day. An interim government came to power after antigovernment protesters helped topple the president and a new constitution was approved in June 2010. However, hundreds of people were killed and wounded in ethnic and political violence surrounding these events.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUpAX5C3DSo [Video Left: Kyrgy women talk about what they learned and the change they hope to create in their country.]

On the heels of this conflict, Legacy brought a delegation of 11 brave women leaders from three cities: Bishkek, Osh, and Jelalabad to the U.S. to participate in a program designed to to increase their skills in leadership and training for citizen participation.

In October 2010 these women returned home with tools to help their citizens write a new and more peaceful chapter in Kyrgyz history.  In December 2010 they began to implement the small-grant  projects, designed with Legacy’s guidance, to prevent ethnic violence, strengthen the rule of law,  build capacity in the civil sector,  and promote youth participation in peace-making.

See pictures and learn more about the women’s community action projects. Over 760 people  in over 20 cities and villages will be trained or participate in the women’s action projects.  Many will go on to train and effect hundreds and thousands more.