Our supporter Tim Bogdanov made this summer something incredible for many of us ordinary people, he conquered two peaks - the seven thousandth peak Communisma and the eight thousandth Manaslu. He dedicated his triumph to Uplift families and children. The flag of Uplift flutters now on the two mountains’ tops. We are proud of such a friend and a wonderful person!

Tim is the initiator of the fund-raising campaign for the Uplift rehabilitation center in Tokmak

With experts Caroline König and Ricardo Müller

Speech development and articulation

In this module (III) we will review speech development and examination of individual sounds articulation. We will present different articulation disorders and discuss diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The focus will be on articulation therapy and dysogrammatism treatment. In the afternoons the participants will continue their independent therapeutic work under supervision of our experts. Please bring along your video examples for case discussion.

The target group will be experts from state institutions and Uplift staff from all over Kyrgyzstan.

5th module: specialization: treatment of scoliosis, plexus palsy , review of " Bobath Aspects " and Vojta approach

05th -11th of November the fifth teaching module will take place for therapists, doctors and Uplift staff from orphanages in cooperation with the National Center for Mother and Child.

Along with review of Bobath aspects the experts from Germany this time will focus on treatment of scoliosis and plexus palsy and give an insight on Vojta treatment approach.

Participants of the training "Applied Behavioral Analysis in the Therapy of Autism"

Training for Uplift-mothers and orphanage workers

In January 2018, Uplift-mothers and staff from four orphanages for children with special needs in Kyrgyzstan participated in a twenty-hour Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training course used in the treatment of autism. This training was conducted by our partner organization "Hand in Hand" (Russian: Рука в Руке), which supports children with autism and their families.

Although autism occurs more often, employees of Kyrgyz orphanages rarely have experience in dealing with this particular developmental disorder and do not know the diagnostic options.

The ABA training first qualifies the participants in dealing with autism and in a second step contributes to safer and more comfortable living conditions for our children in the orphanages.

We thank the trainers of "Hand in Hand" for this important professional input!

Parents demonstrate in Bishkek for better care of their children with special needs

Dear friends of Uplift,

The year 2017 was once again a typical uplift year: "full and intense". So nothing special. Or is it?

It was our birthday. Officially, the green dragon is now 10 years, felt at least ten lives.

10 years - that was a reason to celebrate and is now a moment to pause and breathe with anticipation of a reflective end to the year.

Uplift-Aufwind 2017 - what was important this year?

In keeping with the jubilee year, we receive requests from dedicated organizations from other regions of the world. These are professionals who are interested in the uplifting concept, our art of interventions, and who want to apply it to their challenges. This is a special honor for us, because that's what Uplift was and is meant to be: We in our "Uplift-Workshop" do the blueprints and they are supposed to circle with the Green Dragon - just like a dragon. In Kyrgyzstan and from Kyrgyzstan where our art of intervention is needed.

Thanks to you and your help, we have been able to implement and enforce so much that we did not even dare to dream of 10 years ago.

At this point we continue. Every single donation is important here. Thanks a lot for this!

In this spirit, we wish all Green Dragon supporters a happy holiday and a wonderful year in 2018!

Lots of love

Your Uplift team Bishkek, Berlin, Basel, St. Barbara

Our personal highlights 2017

Tina Naubert from Münster, donor and supporter

"My highlight in 2017 was a one-on-one help. The girl Aibike, here in Germany for the second time by Dr. med. Brosche via Interplast e. V.. This is about a very difficult task, the reconstruction of a nose. What luck and what support on the way back to a "normal" life! With the special story of this girl, it becomes very clear to me as a donor what Uplift is all about."

Burul Schamyrkanova, heads of self-help in rural areas

"My highlight for 2017 is independence. We have brought the needy parents and children on their feet, in many ways. I experience that more and more of our accompanied people take responsibility and organize tasks that Uplift had to do earlier, now own responsibility. In the Uplift School, in the self-help group and also in the emergency relief operations.

That's great and relieves us. In addition, we have built real multipliers. For example, Samira. She used to be an Uplift-mother and worked in the orphanage. Today she is an Uplift multiplicator and as a physiotherapist on the road between the orphanage, the self-help group and the kindergarten. She helps the children and instructs parents and home staff in the therapy. It's a huge step forward we made in 2017."

Natalia Yasenko, Head of Education at Uplift

"For me, the most important things in 2017 were the completion of the Bobath Course and our card workshop. The Bobath Course was our first training of its kind, and I personally invested a lot of effort. It was very important for me to do this job well. And that's why completing the two-year work was a special event for me.

The other highlight was the card workshop for mothers of disabled children. We did not expect it to be so successful. I’m glad about that."

Nazgul Suleimanova, head Kyrgyzstan

"A highlight of 2017 is difficult to name. We did a lot and made it. My highlight is the conclusion of our big project 'Give a cow'.

In this context, we not only bought 111 cows for needy families with disabled and sick children in rural areas, but also advised these families, involved the government agencies and made society aware of the issue in many ways. These families receive medical and therapeutic support via Uplift and are integrated into measures that sustainably strengthen them. "

Ute List, board and treasurer

"The concept of what Uplift has been following for 10 years is clearly bearing fruit. We help the children at different levels, sustainably, for a better life and a future perspective. We train local women to become skilled workers.

But we also reach the parents and families who have to master their daily lives.

In this context, I was impressed by the extraordinary commitment of all the helpers to provide hay for the animals and coal for the upcoming harsh winter. From the idea to the implementation, this was not an easy path, which was only possible thanks to the very high level of dedication of the local women.

The initiative of women for mutual help, in the interest of children, is not self-evident and shows great solidarity. And I am very impressed with the work of the volunteer trainers and professionals who came from many countries and did an excellent job."

Maren Ernst, uplift initiator and board member

“My highlight 2017 is the snapshot above. It shows parents from the Uplift self-help group of parents with disabled and chronically ill children from Tokmok, with whom we have been working for many years.

When I look at this picture, I think and feel: "Yes and yes again!" The families here protest (!) On the streets of the capital along with other stakeholders and specifically demand state support so that they can raise their children at home instead of having to take her to a children's home out of sheer distress. There is still much to do but the silence is over and that makes me really happy.”