Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans

Country Profile: Kyrgyzstan

Total Population: 6.5 million
Total Children under the age of 18: 2.3 million

The situation of children in Kyrgyzstan

The Challenges:

  • More than 11,000 children are placed in residential care institutions, despite most of them having at least one parent alive.
  • Over 57 percent of children aged 1-14 have experienced violent disciplining. This includes violence in schools, within families, in residential care, and elsewhere. Abuse and violence include bullying and trafficking, and corporal punishment, which is not expressly prohibited. Children of migrants are particularly vulnerable to violence, abuse and neglect, as they are often left behind with inadequate support and supervision or in residential care. 
  • Almost 73 percent of children report experiencing abuse or neglect in the family.
  • Kyrgyzstan is the second poorest country in Central Asia. Over 36% of Kyrgyz children grow up in poverty, and 7% live in extreme conditions of poverty.
  • It is unlawful for children under 16 to marry; forced marriages are becoming a common practice. Each year around 16,000 girls are abducted, raped, and forced to marry their abductors.
  • Over 29,000 children with disabilities. They have poor access to quality healthcare, education, and social services that meet their needs.

Other Information about Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and Family Care in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan WO Website -  

Better Care Network Information on Family-Based Care in Kyrgyzstan

More information for prayer at Operation World


"Source: UNICEF, Humanium, SOS Children's Villages International".

National Stories

Some think we’re heroes, others that we’re fools

Anton Putilin is not your average 28-year-old. Husband, Father of 5 (including four adopted daughters), non-profit founder and now on the leadership team of Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans, Anton is a man on mission.  
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Disabled Co-op Schools:  Keeping Families Together

Unfortunately in Kyrgyzstan, the prevailing "wisdom" is that most children with special needs belong in boarding schools. We have even heard a couple stories of the authorities threatening parents to take children into state custody for not putting their children in these special schools (The law protects against this, but many parents don't know that.)  While some of these schools might be decent places, many of these kids with special needs get lost in such a big, unpredictable, stressful environment.  Serious behavioral problems often develop.  For families from rural communities, the choice is often between giving the kid away to an institution or not giving the child any education. 
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A Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans Story

The Spirit of God moved through a number of people in Kyrgyzstan for more than a decade before the official kick-off of the movement in 2013, when the first meeting of leaders came together in Bishkek.
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Central Asia Without Orphans Roundtable

13-14 April 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
In mid-April, sixteen pastors, leaders, and foster and adoptive parents from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan gathered to discuss the role of the Church and Christian leaders in care for orphans in the Central Asia region.
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Adimir's Story

Our World Without Orphans teammate, Karen Springs, recently shared with us the story of Adimir, a young boy she met at an orphanage in Kyrgyzstan. Karen is a passionate follower of Jesus and advocate for orphaned and vulnerable children. As you watch this video, consider that Adimir's story is representative of many, many more children and families worldwide.
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