The 11 Kyrgyz delegates are directors of their non-profit organizations. They are self-motivated, are highly regarded by members of their communities, and feel strongly about the need to serve their people. Their organizations operate in rural as well as urban settings. Project areas include women’s enterprises utilizing the micro credit system, environmental awareness and protection, pluralism, multi-ethnicities, and extremism; trafficking, domestic violence, child labor, teachers’ standards and training, heritage protection, children with disabilities, and the increase of HIV AIDS brought by migratory Kyrgyz workers.

They will host their counterparts, the 7 U.S. Delegates who will travel to their cities in Kyrgyzstan.

Dr. Farida Abdyldaeva (from Bishkek )

Farida Abdyldaeva, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Legal and Civil Culture in Bishkek.  The mission of the Center is to support the sustainable development of the Kyrgyz Republic through strengthening civil society and promoting democratic principles. The Center organizes educational activities on human rights, socio-economic development, literacy, helping communities to solve local problems using democratic principles, supports the rights of minorities and promotes gender equity. Their main target audience is youths, women, and rural communities. As Director, Dr. Abdyldaeva’s duties include general leadership, determining program, fund-raising, partnerships, organizational improvement, and financial oversight.

Dr. Abdyldaeva is interested in how U.S. NGOs work to strengthen and mobilize citizens to solve community problems.  She wishes to obtain skills in working with volunteers in order to develop a culture of volunteerism in Kyrgyzstan.  In particular, she would like to learn how to develop leadership potential among young people and women. Dr. Abdyldaeva speaks Kyrgyz, Russian, and basic English.  She holds a Ph.D. in political science, and has published more than 8 papers in her field. She has previously traveled internationally to Italy.

Zhumagul Bolponova (from Osh)

Ms. Bolponova is Head of “Too-Moyun Aiymdary” (Women’s Organization of Too-Moyun).  The organization’s mission is to improve the socio-economic condition of women by achieving equal rights and opportunities.  They provide information, education, training and consultations, moral-psychological support, charity, and volunteers to women in rural areas, youths, children, and pensioners. They are members of network “Saturn South” which unites 15 NGOs in 3 regions of Kyrgyzstan.  As Head, Mrs. Bolponova researches needs in the region, prepares educational curriculums, and conducts trainings. She also supervises volunteers.

Mrs. Bolponova is interested in learning how to develop democratic ways of cooperating with local government; and how to support the interests of women and youths by introducing new forms of democratic principles in her work. Mrs. Bolponova speaks Kyrgyz, Russian, Uzbek, and Kazakh. She holds a university degree in Philology. She has three children, and has previously traveled internationally to Poland.

Nargiza Eshtaeva (from Osh)

Nargiza Eshtaeva is Director of the Center for Women Initiative,“AYALZAT” in Osh.  The Center’s mission is to improve women’s situations and roles in the socio-political, economic, and culture of their society.  The Center is currently pursuing three projects: development of women’s entrepreneurship through micro-credit; a crisis center to prevent domestic violence, and a Hotline to provide information on human trafficking.  As Director, Mrs. Eshtaeva is responsible for controlling and monitoring the organization, strategic planning, fundraising, and financial oversight. They work with the women of Osh city and the Osh region by assisting victims of domestic violence, fighting against human trafficking, supporting women-owned small businesses, and consultations.

Mrs. Eshtaeva is interested in learning about how U.S. NGOs operate, particularly in terms of women’s leadership, professionalism, and how to work with clients. She is very interested in establishing partnerships with U.S. NGOs.  Mrs. Eshtaeva speaks Kyrgyz, Russian, Kazakh, and moderate English. She has 3 children, holds a university degree in Philology, and has previously traveled internationally to Tajikistan, Russia, and Israel.

Valentina Galich (from Jalal-abad)

Valentina Galich is Chairman of the Board of the public foundation Chintamani in the city of Tashkomur. The mission of the organization is to conserve mountain ecosystems, and solve social problems of people living in the mountainous region.  The foundation conducts advocacy committees on social problems in the region, environmental actions, and sponsors environment-related field trips and activities for school children.  In addition, they create and disseminate videos of regional environmental issues, such as preservation of forest areas, uranium waste, anthrax, clean water, river issues, urban waste, and the potential for tourism in the region. As Chairman, Ms. Galich develops strategic plans and programs, promotes the foundation to various government and international organizations, supervises the staff, and conducts financial oversight.

Ms. Galich is interested in developing more effective management skills for strategic and organizational development.   She holds a degree in pedagogy and methods of primary education, and speaks Russian.  She has previously traveled internationally to Poland.

Lira Karagulova (from Bishkek)

Lira Karagulova is Chairman of the public organization “Intercultural Education” in the city of Bishkek. The mission of the organization is to develop democratic values among youths and assist in building their capacity.  The organization holds educational seminars, trainings with interactive training methods, sociological researches, round table discussions, conferences, and summer schools.  Intercultural Education works closely with teachers of kindergartens and elementary schools, school administrations and trade unions, and parents.  As Chairman, Ms. Karagulova manages all the organizational activities, supervises financial activity, and manages staff and volunteers.

Ms. Karagulova is interested in learning more about planning skills, organizational development, fundraising and public relations, and community development methods. She has taught Russian and Russian literature at the university level, has two adult children, and has previously traveled internationally to Germany.

Gulgaky Mamasalieva (from Osh)

Gulgaky Mamasalieva is Regional Director of the public organization Interbilim in Osh city. The mission of Interbilim is to create a positive environment for the development of NGOs through increasing local NGO capacities and advocacy.  The organization serves approximately 80 NGOs in Osh city and the southern region of the Kyrgyz Republic each year.  In addition, they assist 8-10 local government agencies in preventing corruption, women’s councils and crisis centers on gender equity and domestic violence issues, and women’s participation in election processes. As Regional Director, Mrs. Mamasalieva develops and supports policy, builds cooperation with local NGOs, governmental structures, businesses and other organizations, carries out seminars, training, round tables, and meetings, develops project proposals, strategic planning, and fundraising strategies.

Mrs. Mamasalieva is interested in learning how US NGOs build partnerships with the business sector, how to make NGOs sustainable in terms of business partnerships and enacting supporting legislation.  She holds a Ph.D. in Philology Sciences, and has previously traveled internationally to Ukraine, Austria, and Tajikistan. She has one child, and speaks Kyrgyz, Russian, and English.

Dilbarkan Mamajusupova (from Osh)

Dilbarkan Mamzhusupova is Director of the social foundation “Iret.”  Iret promotes the reduction of conflict by introducing ideas of peace, harmony, and tolerance in society with the aim of supporting democratic development in Kyrgyzstan. The organization provides training, research, consultation, and monitoring towards the prevention of interethnic conflicts; exchange programs among civil society leaders and managers of local-self-government at the regional level; cultural events, and information dissemination.  They work with women and youth leaders, traditional leaders of local communities, local government and law enforcement, and other NGOs working in the field of conflict prevention.  Iret is particularly active in Osh, Batken, and Jalal-Abad regions where ethnic tensions are common.  As Director, Mrs. Mamzhusupova supervises 22 staff in achieving the mission and objectives of the organization.

Mrs. Mamzhusupova is interested in learning about how diverse cultures and religions coexist peacefully in the U.S, what mechanisms are used to build peace and conflict prevention at the primary level, and the role of NGOs in this field.  In addition, she wants to learn about the role of volunteerism in a democracy, how active women are in solving social problems, and about their participation in management structures. Mrs. Mamzhusupova holds a university degree in Russian Language and Literature, and speaks Kyrgyz, Russian, and Uzbek.  She has four children, and has previously traveled internationally to Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Baktygul Musaeva (from Osh)

Baktygul Musaeva is Director of the public organization “Microcredit Agency,” assisting women’s involvement in small and medium sized businesses.  The organization’s mission is to promote business development for poor women, assisting women-owned small and medium-sized businesses through information on business planning and other practical skills, and increasing women’s legal literacy. The organization provides micro-credit for small and medium sized businesses. Such financial support has assisted women in creating tailoring shops and bakeries, as well as farming and reprocessing projects. As Director, Mrs. Musaeva coordinates all agency work, prepares reports, monitors the implementation of all projects, and oversees financial reporting and accounting.

Mrs. Musaeva is interested in broadening her knowledge about support systems for small businesses as a tool for regional and local development, and learning how women entrepreneurs are supported in the U.S.  She holds a university degree in Labor Economics, and speaks Kyrgyz and Russian.  Mrs. Musaeva has two children, and has previously traveled internationally to Israel and China.

Gulmira Rasulova (from Bishkek)

Gulmira Rasulova is Chairman of the public organization “Community Development Alliance.” The organization promotes the socio-economic development of the Kyrgyz Republic, democratic governance, and builds the capacity of community-based organizations and civic society institutes to increase their involvement in the process of socio-economic development.  The CDA organizes and conducts educational trainings and seminars to develop communities, promotes women’s leadership, and implements projects aimed at social-economic development of certain groups of population engaged in various fields.  As Chairman, Mrs. Rasulova coordinates all projects, manages and trains staff,  manages internal activities (standards and reporting), monitors and evaluates the organization’s activities, and fundraising.

Mrs. Rasulova is interested in learning about the organizational development of NGOs in the U.S., human resource policies, models and experiences of women’s leadership roles, fundraising, strengthening partnerships between governmental and non-governmental organizations, and women’s entrepreneurship.  She holds a university diploma in Higher Education / Economist and speaks Kyrgyz and Russian.  She has one child, and has previously traveled internationally to Russia.

Feruza Tolonova (Jalal-abad)

Feruza TolonovaFeruza Tolonova is Head of the public association “Temirkan Datka,” which assists in improving and expanding access to social and economic services, and building capacity of women and youths at the local level through social mobilization.  The organization serves the residents of the village Avletim (population more than 10,000) through development of small and medium businesses, providing consultations to target groups, supporting local women and youth business initiatives, assistance in establishing connections with donors and other organizations, and improving and expanding access to vital services.  As Head, Mrs. Tolonova is responsible for successful organizational activities, establishing public relations, fundraising, and pursuing partnerships with other organizations to jointly address large issues.

Mrs. Tolonova is interested in learning what U.S. NGOs do to improve the economic status of women, how they work with women; and how NGOs cooperate with government.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in management of non-profit organizations, and speaks Kyrgyz, Russian, Uzbek, and English. She has two children, and previously traveled internationally to Hungary, Kazakhstan, and China.

Chynar Zhusupova (from Jalal-abad)

Chynar Zhusupova is Head of the public organization “Ayil Ayimdary,” which protects the rights of rural women and children through legal education and information.  The organization conducts training and consultations, information campaigns, promotes the participation of rural women in decision-making at the local level, promotes the transparency of elections, and informs rural women about new legislation. The organization works with women from 8 villages in the Suzak area. Among other projects, the organization has built a reservoir that provided drinking water to the Jany Diykan village, built a kindergarten and a 3 km gravel road in Kol village, as well as conducted mini-workshops for women. As Head, Mrs. Zhusupova manages projects, prepares reports, writes project proposals, conducts meetings, schedules events, and monitors ongoing works.

Mrs. Zhusupova is interested in learning from the experiences of American women leaders who are involved in decision-making at different levels, and who became active participants in social change for the benefit of women.  She hopes to gain knowledge and skills in organizational development to ensure the sustainability of public organizations.  She holds a university degree in elementary education, and speaks Kyrgyz and Russian.  She has four children, and has previously traveled internationally to Serbia.