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In Tajikistan, two thirds of the population live on less than $2.15 per day. Poverty is becoming increasingly feminized as up to 90% of the male population has migrated outside of Tajikistan to find work. In 2008, the number of children with a disability under 16 was 18,600. Only 200 of these children currently attend mainstream school.

Project: Keeping and finding families: inclusive social services for vulnerable young children in Tajikistan

Project active since: 2013

Our partners: CLC Sarchashma, Falkirk Council in Scotland, SPOON Foundation; associate partners: EveryChild, UNICEF

Location: Dushanbe and Khujand

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Aim: to contribute to the development of modern social services by the creation of new Family Support Centres at Baby Homes in Dushanbe and Sughd, which focus on family crisis intervention, befriending, fostering and training in early childhood development.

Expected outcomes:

1. A new Family Support Centre will be established at Khujand Baby Home and two new Mobile Outreach Teams will be linked with each of the four Baby Homes in Tajikistan.

3. Children from the four Baby Homes will receive individual attention and opportunities to play by linking them with trained befrienders.

4. At least 10 young children benefit from a brand new Foster Care Service. This will be piloted in Dushanbe and Kujand with potential to scale up if successful.

5. At least 200 professionals working in the Early Years Sector will have increased capacity in Early Childhood Development and strategies to promote good nutrition.

Watch a short video about Kishti (2011):