Older people dread the onset of winter in Kyrgyzstan. Lacking enough money to pay for continuous electric heating or even coal, they are often reduced to burning manure or dry leaves to keep warm. These fuels only provide a brief spell of warmth before they die out. We provide direct relief such as thermos flasks, blankets, shoes and lamps but we are also working on more innovative and long term solutions such as solar panels that could conserve heat and energy and creating ‘warm houses’ where groups could congregate when it’s cold.
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