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The effects of the Soviet Union’s breakup 30 years ago are still felt across Central Asia. The 1990s saw a total economic restructuring, resulting in widespread unemployment and institutional collapse. Independent states lacking in natural resources have struggled to recover and build a viable economic model.

Today, Central Asian countries continue facing challenges of mass labour migration and increasing unemployment. There is an increase in domestic abuse and sexual and gender-based violence, family breakdown and environmental problems.

A solar-heated water system. Credit: Alice Keen/Tearfund

Our work across Central Asia

Tearfund began working across Central Asia in the 2000s as a response to the challenges presented by the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Today, Tearfund is working through local partners to support both urban and rural communities in combating poverty and the most prominent social issues. These issues include domestic abuse and sexual and gender-based violence, family breakdown, pressing environmental issues, and unemployment.

Please pray for Central Asia

    • Give thanks for our dedicated staff and partners in Central Asia, who work tirelessly in challenging conditions.
    • Pray that, through our livelihoods work, many people would be equipped with skills to pull themselves out of poverty and become better able to provide for their families.
    • Pray for the region as it continues to struggle from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic with closure of businesses, job losses, and growing unemployment.

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