Initial situation / problem statement
In rural areas of Kyrgyzstan, there are people with disabilities who are vulnerable and face unemployment. As a result, most of the people with limited mobility feel themselves unnecessary, useless and abandoned by society, and some of them have their own talents. People often lack the knowledge and resources, to support themselves financially and government pensions are very small. This project promotes the interests and rights of disabled people by creating employment opportunities. “From Heart to Heart” provides art training, job training and community for people with disabilities in Cholpon-Ata town, where I used to live and know 8 people with disabilities personally. Five of them are people who have problems with hearing and speech and 3 of them have problem with walking. One of deaf-dumb people is a young man who got through different life difficulties since his childhood. He has a huge talent in painting and drawing, but lack of knowledge and no funding. Another woman with disabilities has talent in sewing and handmade, but she also needs a start up, and support for her endeavors. The one of the main problems is not being able to get a job, and earn money for living. These stories really inspired me to create this project. It is an ongoing project, that promotes self-sufficiency and self-confidence. Professional artisans provide training in both crafts and business.