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Mavriya is happy that she can contribute to her family’s household budget. Photo: Mission East
Mavriya was a child with a disability, so all the odds were against her. But then she started attending Mission East’s rehabilitation centre, and today the young Tajik woman is running her own small business. By Hilola Ashurova, Mission East Tajikistan & Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager – June 2018 20-year-old Mavriya is a cheerful young woman from the town of Penjakent in Tajikistan. She is good at sewing and knitting and runs her own small business where she makes and sells dolls and pillows. Her products are popular, and Mavriya has many customers. Her earnings enable her to make a...
During the first years after the civil war Mission East distributed emergency relief in Tajikistan, but soon started to help people rebuild agriculture. This is a seed distribution in 2005. Photo: Mission East
When Mission East started distributing food to thousands of people in Tajikistan, the country was still ravaged by civil war. Later, the population got help to feed itself. And now, 20 years later, Mission East is working on projects involving water, sanitation and hygiene, assistance to persons with disabilities and the defense of girls’ and women’s rights. By Svend Løbner, journalist, September 2017 Tanks everywhere. Ruined houses. Walls full of shotholes. This is what Tajikistan looked like 20 years ago following a five-year civil war in the former Soviet republic. “What was striking when...
The siren will warn the village in case of flooding. Husseinboy carefully demonstrates how it works. Photo: Line Højland
Read how people in the Tajik village of Veshist cope with the floods that strike them every year. By Line Højland, Communcations Officer, July 3 2017  The sun was shining. There were rainclouds on the horizon, but they were far away, above the mountains. The families in Veshist did not sense any danger in leading their animals down to the bank of the Zerafshan River to graze, as was their custom. But then lightning struck. 140 cows and goats died that day in May 2016. The river water had attracted the thunder clouds, and when lightning struck, the animals were killed instantaneously. Then...
A small Tajik boy with a disability is stimulated in one of the ’play corners’ that Mission East has founded in the impoverished country in Central Asia. Photo: Muyassar Odinaev
‘Defective humans’ – this is how people with disabilities were perceived in the Soviet Union. This attitude still exists in Tajikistan, the poorest of the former Soviet republics, but Mission East is working to change it. By Line Højland and Kim Wiesener, Communications Officers In many Tajik villages, children with disabilities are almost invisible. This does not at all mean that they do not exist. On the contrary, many such children are born in this poor country in Central Asia. But here, just as in many other former Soviet republics, giving birth to a child with disability is considered...
Zikrullo has visited the play corner for three years. He learns about numbers and letters and talks about everyday things by looking at picture books. Photo: Muyassar Odinaev
School no 53 in the village of Marghedar appreciated having a play corner where children with disabilities can learn numbers, letters and IT at their own speed. The lessons enable more children to go to school and become part of the local community. By Line Højland, Communications Officer School no 53 is located in a small building with whitewashed walls in the village of Marghedar outside Penjakent in northern Tajikistan. Outside the building there are trees and flowers, and the walls inside are adorned with quotes from Tajik national poet Abu Abdullah Rudaki. He lived in the 10th century...
Kulob District, 1999. In the spring of 1999, about 100 Tajik families became self-sufficient with eggs as Mission East gave them chickens. This was the beginning of long term development aid to the country. Photo: Mission East.
Mission East has worked in Tajikistan, the poorest of the former Soviet republics, since 1997. In the early days, the organisation distributed food aid to tens of thousands of vulnerable locals. Later, the focus shifted to long term development projects. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer When Kenneth Whitelaw got off the plane in the Tajik capital Dushanbe in August 1997, he immediately understood that something was wrong. The luggage had already been dumped on the landing strip, and soon, the plane took off again. The locals advised him to leave, as it turned out that fighting between...
Shoinbek Shokirov from Mission East (left) discusses the establishment of water system with village leader in Southern Tajikistan earlier this year.
A powerful earthquake hit Monday the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. The Danish aid organisation Mission East who works with the local population on disaster risk reduction and to build water systems in isolated villages of the region, is monitoring the situation closely. Monday 12:50 local time, a strong earthquake struck the central Asian republic of Tajikistan. The quake measured 7.2 on the Richter scale and had its epicenter in a remote mountain area. The tremors could clearly be felt in the country's capital Dushanbe and as far away as Delhi in India. The Danish aid organization...
Playground for children with disabilities
One of Tajikistan's first playgrounds with focus on accessibility for children with disability is now finished, next to Mission East’s center for these children.   The playground, which is sponsored by the British Embassy in Tajikistan, will provide new social opportunities for approximately 200 children every month, when they visit Mission East’s center in Penjakent.   "We have selected each part based on what we think would be fun to play with, but we have looked at how the playground can be part of the therapy at the center. Last but not least, the playground is designed with ramps, belts...

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