From June through December 2019, a project will be implemented in Batken and Leilek districts to protect the rights of labor migrants’ children. As part of the project, a system of public monitoring of children’s living conditions to be established to ensure timely detection of violations and information campaign conducted to raise public awareness of the importance of formalizing guardianship to ensure and respect the rights of the migrants’ children.

The Public Union Activist and the Public Foundation Daanazat will implement the project “Assistance in Safeguarding the Rights and Legitimate Interests of the Children Left without Parental Care in Batken and Leilek Districts of the Batken Oblast” with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.

Low wages and high unemployment rates in the Batken oblast force local citizens to seek income opportunities abroad. As the labor migration rate grows, so does the number of children left by their migrate parents in the care of their relatives. Such children are often abused and suffer from domestic violence. The project is aimed at raising public awareness of issues faced by labor migrants’ children, ways to resolve these issues and measures to ensure and respect for children’s rights.

The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society, the private sector, and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).