October 9, 2020
In July, during the peak of the pandemic crisis in Kyrgyzstan, U.S.-CAEF and AUCA alumna Asel Kaldybaeva could not just sit and watch while people in her community were suffering. She became one of the first volunteers of the “Help Issyk-Kul” initiative created by Edil Ajibaev, founder of PicVPic.com, and played a key role in the success of the project. As U.S.-CAEF writes on its official instagram page, deeply moved by Asel’s determination and selflessness, other U.S.-CAEF alumni- Uulzhan Aitnazarova, Shaislam Shabiev, and Sevara Tadzhibaeva- also joined the project. Another U.S.-CAEF alumna, Zhamilia Klycheva, a graduate student in California, initiated a GoFundMe campaign, and within a week, she was able to raise $14,260! We so proud that all of them are our alumnas.
“This volunteer work reminded me one more time how proud I am to be part of the U.S.-CAEF family. Any time when we need people to help us I can be confident that U.S.-CAEF family will be there,” shared Asel.
As a result of the combined efforts, a total of $50,584 was raised to provide much-needed help to medical workers and COVID-19 patients, and even to buy an ambulance for a hospital in Taldy Suu village. In addition, Asel’s team prepared videos to teach people how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and encouraged city doctors to conduct training on treating the virus for their colleagues in the rural areas of the Issyk-Kul region.
The solidarity of people exhibited through volunteering is heartening. It will not be an understatement to say that thanks to volunteers like Asel, now Kyrgyzstan is on the road to recovery from the crisis.
Credits to: @uscaef