Araketke - Central Asian Initiative

If you saw a stranger suffering, and they needed medical help, and you could provide it for $3, would you have something better to spend your money on?

In 2011, we began operating a small preschool and medical clinic from the home of a widow in a village on the northern edge of Bishkek. This blossomed into a primary-care clinic when the local government graciously provided land for us to build a facility. The clinic opened just before Christmas, 2014.

In the last year, in addition to being the main medical center for a village of about 5,000 people, the clinic has sent medical teams every week on home visits for new mothers and parents of children with disabilities, piloted one of Central Asia's first electronic medical records systems, and used the building after clinic hours for English classes for village children. 

As we enter Year Two of operations, we need help for ongoing operational costs. Since all of our Western doctors and nurses work as volunteers, we only need about $1,500 per month to keep the clinic open. 

The clinic serves about 400 people every month - over 2,500 separate people in the last 12 months. 

Every gift helps. Even if you can only provide $25 a month, that's high-quality healthcare for 8 people. $100 each month provides care for almost 400 people during the next year.

Check out the progress on the Araketke Facebook page, and please consider contributing to this great long-term work. Or contact us at for more information on how you can be involved.

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End Date: 30 December 2017

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