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Opening of a new bridge in Kara-Kulja district provides access to one of the largest pastures in Osh Oblast

Opening of a new bridge in Kara-Kulja district provides access to one of the largest pastures in Osh Oblast

Bishkek, April 26 / Kabar /. Today, residents of Kara-Kulja District marked the opening of the Kok-Jar-Sai bridge in 1-May village which provides access to one of the largest pastures in Osh Oblast – spanning over 90,000 hectares of pasture and benefitting 8,000 people. This grazing area had been inaccessible until now as the previous bridge was destroyed by heavy rains and mud flows. This new passage facilitates access to this pasture which is an important source of local livelihoods.

To mark this occasion various local authorities and distinguished guests were present, including Mr. Asylbek Jeenbekov, Member, Jogorku Kenesh; Mr. Taalaibek Sarybashov, Governor, Osh Oblast; H.E. Robin Ord-Smith, British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan; Mr. Altaaf Hasham, Programme Management and Liaison Officer, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Representation in Kyrgyzstan; and Mr. Jalaluddin Shah, Chief Executive Officer, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Kyrgyzstan.

The bridge was constructed by the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation, as part of a broader project funded by the Government of the United Kingdom. The Local Government of Kara-Kulja Ayil Aymak and Local Pasture Committee also contributed to the project by providing in-kind and financial support.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Asylbek Jeenbekov noted, “I am delighted that this project was completed through a partnership between the surrounding communities, the local government alongside reliable development partners such as the British Government and the Aga Khan Development Network. I am confident that access to this pasture will have a meaningful and positive impact on the local communities”.

Notes: The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, is a private, international, non-denominational development organisation. It employs over 80,000 people in over 30 countries. Its agencies address complex development issues, including the provision of quality healthcare and education services, cultural and economic revitalisation, micro-enterprise, entrepreneurship and economic development, the advancement of civil society and the protection of the environment. The AKDN aims to improve living conditions and opportunities for people without regard to their particular religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

 

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