July 9, 2017

After the darkness comes light

Once I embraced the idea of loving myself, the days started clearing up. I allowed myself to have happy moments, enjoy being a woman and a parent. I started to teach my kids playing the piano, they are so smart and quick learners. I need to teach them systematically and every day. I liked the idea of doing anything useful for 20 minutes. For example, cleaning the house for 20 minutes, taking care of myself for 20 minutes, playing with kids for 20 minutes, reading books for 20 minutes and so on. I started to love myself and enjoy the […]
September 6, 2016

World Nomad Games 2016 in Kyrgyzstan

World Nomad Games 2016 took places in the Kyrgyz Republic from September 3rd till 8th at the Issykul Region. “Mash Botoi”performed by thousands of komuz players from Kyrgyzstan at the World Nomad Games 2016 Opening ceremony was awarded Guinness World Record! Almost half of them were students from all universities of the Kyrgyz Republic, the rest were teachers. Most of them came to the event and played komuz only because they wanted others to enjoy the performance and learn about Kyrgyzstan. It was really a great event and organized on the high level based on the feedback and reports of tourists, visitors, and […]
August 30, 2016

My soul cries…

My soul cries, can you dispute it? How could you call my sisters stupid, All young, fourteen from  Kyrgyzstan, Natalia! Seventeen, in total, women died by fire! Who are the Kyrgyz? Supportive, kind At times of tragedies their hopes’re up These girls might know a little Russian The age made them believe in Russians You were with them, one word, Natalia, Could have prevented them from deaths.   O  
August 27, 2016

Educate Yourself and Be Aware of Potential Risks

The recent researches indicate “41% percent of first marriages, 60% of second and 73% of third marriages end in divorce in America”. This is a very frightening fact because it more likely affects children by neglect, physical child abuse, and aggression that simultaneously affect the society in general. The result of the literature review suggests that stepfamilies are viewed more negatively and mainly because of the issues related to physical child abuse. Given that one of the important characteristics of social work is “the focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society” (NASW, 1994), this […]
August 23, 2016

Advocate for Your Own Child!

Any mother can be a social worker. It is a challenging and rewarding job. A good social worker is an agent of social changes and an advocate for any vulnerable people including children whose voices are usually little heard. My MSW degree helped me advocate for my own daughter. She wanted to go to a school that was different from what she supposed to be assigned initially. Everything is possible if you approach the situation in a right way. No one knows your situation, unless you speak up. In the US, your address is very important, because children must go […]
August 12, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TABRIS!

Yesterday we were so excited about the birthday of our youngest son to celebrate his first birthday within  our family. It is exciting for several reasons. First of all, we live as a family all together for the first time ever and it is in the USA. Then, we have never celebrated birthdays of our children at that age for some reasons. Also, after all challenges in life, especially the ones happened this year, we wanted to remember some good events in 2016!  As a result, we celebrated not only his birthday on August 11, 2016 but also kind of observed our  old […]
June 13, 2016

About me and my dream

In our country, Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, if a person, especially a woman, gets an education from the US or in Europe, they can be heard and valued more.  In addition, in order to make a difference at the national level, one should know how to draft, lobby new policies, protect human rights, and be equipped with tools and relevant knowledge. I decided to pursue my master’s degree in the US so as I could be a decision maker at the national level in the nearest future and be of benefit to my country to solve the social issues of women […]
June 13, 2016

Say “No More” to bride-kidnapping!

2014 Social Work Home-Country Project  devoted to the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign Project in Naryn, on prevention of bride-kidnapping initiated by Aigul Abdyldaeva, 2014 MSW Candidate from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, an alumna of the international exchange program funded by the Open Society Foundations. UN Women Video 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence campaign, 2014 Background Young women between the ages of 16-20 years old experience a higher rate of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, which leads to increased school drop-out rates and instances of domestic violence. […]
June 13, 2016

My reflection on Haiti trip

 Reflection on the Haiti TPS Course at WashU There are two main reasons why I wanted to take the HAITI TPS course. First of all, within the two years I have taken only the social work courses, however I think that nowadays in order to address any social issues a social worker needs to be aware and understand public health. The transdisciplinary perspective of this course inspired me to apply  TO BECOME a better expert in my area. Also, I wanted to learn about the culture and context of Haiti especially after the bad earthquake in 2010. That was worth for comparison purposes […]
July 29, 2017

20-minutes approach in parenting

I started using the rule of 20-minutes in parenting. Children are very energetic and curious, but their interest may be lost within the next 20 minutes. After the breakfast, I started giving my kids three or four options what they want to do. That way, it is not you, as a parent, telling them what to do, but it is them, who decide what to do. I want them to learn how to make decision, and at the same time to stay focused and learn more from any activity. If there is a need, I provide instructions for an activity […]
July 9, 2017

After the darkness comes light

Once I embraced the idea of loving myself, the days started clearing up. I allowed myself to have happy moments, enjoy being a woman and a parent. I started to teach my kids playing the piano, they are so smart and quick learners. I need to teach them systematically and every day. I liked the idea of doing anything useful for 20 minutes. For example, cleaning the house for 20 minutes, taking care of myself for 20 minutes, playing with kids for 20 minutes, reading books for 20 minutes and so on. I started to love myself and enjoy the […]
September 6, 2016

World Nomad Games 2016 in Kyrgyzstan

World Nomad Games 2016 took places in the Kyrgyz Republic from September 3rd till 8th at the Issykul Region. “Mash Botoi”performed by thousands of komuz players from Kyrgyzstan at the World Nomad Games 2016 Opening ceremony was awarded Guinness World Record! Almost half of them were students from all universities of the Kyrgyz Republic, the rest were teachers. Most of them came to the event and played komuz only because they wanted others to enjoy the performance and learn about Kyrgyzstan. It was really a great event and organized on the high level based on the feedback and reports of tourists, visitors, and […]
August 30, 2016

My soul cries…

My soul cries, can you dispute it? How could you call my sisters stupid, All young, fourteen from  Kyrgyzstan, Natalia! Seventeen, in total, women died by fire! Who are the Kyrgyz? Supportive, kind At times of tragedies their hopes’re up These girls might know a little Russian The age made them believe in Russians You were with them, one word, Natalia, Could have prevented them from deaths.   O  
August 27, 2016

Educate Yourself and Be Aware of Potential Risks

The recent researches indicate “41% percent of first marriages, 60% of second and 73% of third marriages end in divorce in America”. This is a very frightening fact because it more likely affects children by neglect, physical child abuse, and aggression that simultaneously affect the society in general. The result of the literature review suggests that stepfamilies are viewed more negatively and mainly because of the issues related to physical child abuse. Given that one of the important characteristics of social work is “the focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society” (NASW, 1994), this […]
August 23, 2016

Advocate for Your Own Child!

Any mother can be a social worker. It is a challenging and rewarding job. A good social worker is an agent of social changes and an advocate for any vulnerable people including children whose voices are usually little heard. My MSW degree helped me advocate for my own daughter. She wanted to go to a school that was different from what she supposed to be assigned initially. Everything is possible if you approach the situation in a right way. No one knows your situation, unless you speak up. In the US, your address is very important, because children must go […]
August 12, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TABRIS!

Yesterday we were so excited about the birthday of our youngest son to celebrate his first birthday within  our family. It is exciting for several reasons. First of all, we live as a family all together for the first time ever and it is in the USA. Then, we have never celebrated birthdays of our children at that age for some reasons. Also, after all challenges in life, especially the ones happened this year, we wanted to remember some good events in 2016!  As a result, we celebrated not only his birthday on August 11, 2016 but also kind of observed our  old […]
June 13, 2016

About me and my dream

In our country, Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, if a person, especially a woman, gets an education from the US or in Europe, they can be heard and valued more.  In addition, in order to make a difference at the national level, one should know how to draft, lobby new policies, protect human rights, and be equipped with tools and relevant knowledge. I decided to pursue my master’s degree in the US so as I could be a decision maker at the national level in the nearest future and be of benefit to my country to solve the social issues of women […]
June 13, 2016

Say “No More” to bride-kidnapping!

2014 Social Work Home-Country Project  devoted to the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign Project in Naryn, on prevention of bride-kidnapping initiated by Aigul Abdyldaeva, 2014 MSW Candidate from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, an alumna of the international exchange program funded by the Open Society Foundations. UN Women Video 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence campaign, 2014 Background Young women between the ages of 16-20 years old experience a higher rate of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, which leads to increased school drop-out rates and instances of domestic violence. […]