In rural Tajikistan, too few teachers and too little funding has put a strain on the education system – especially extracurricular and afterschool activities for teenagers. Many youth struggle to feel empowered or engaged in the future of their communities. Our Young Leaders Program helped youth living in rural Tajikistan better connect and drive positive change within their communities.

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May 2015

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August 2014

Rudaki District, Tajikistan’s Students Head Back to School with New and Improved Classrooms

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January 2014

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November 2011

Health centers and boarding school brought back to life in Tajikistan

New windows and doors have been fitted, flooring has been laid, interiors painted and roofing repaired at two key healthcare facilities in Tajikistan’s Faizobod District.

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June 2011

New Programs in Honduras, Youth Training in Tajikistan Added to Civil Society Portfolio

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