Children’s rehabilitation centre in Kyrgyzstan receives a makeover
Jesuit Missions has a long-standing relationship with the Jesuits of Kyrgyzstan; a community of seven in a Muslim-majority country. Each summer we send a group of volunteers to the centre to assist Father Remi and Brother Damian with camps for disabled children. Kyrgyzstan has a population of slightly over six million and ranks 122 out of 189 countries on the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index.
With support from Jesuit Missions, the new children’s centre building at Lake Issyk-Kul boasts a chapel to host mass rather than in the dining room (as was done previously) and a solar heating system. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the centre has been unable to organise the summer camps as usual this year so instead they have been hosting retreats for doctors, nurses and volunteers fighting against Covid-19.
The children’s centre started with the organising of summer camps in different places such as the mountains and sleeping in tents, eventually finding a beautiful place on the shore of the famous Lake Issyk-Kul. The idea was to offer opportunities to children with disabilities, those that had never had a chance to go on holiday to the beach or into the forest.
Without a doubt, the work of the “Children’s Rehabilitation and Spirituality Centre” is the greatest pastoral and charitable work of the Catholic Church in Kyrgyzstan, hosting more than 1000 children every year.
To find out more about volunteering at the children’s centre in Kyrgystan please click here