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Belovodsk orphanage for children with disabilities

Lida and Askar are nine years old and they are proud to tell others that they are boyfriend and girlfriend.  They play and fight like any young couple.  Neither of them can walk.

They live in the Belovodsk orphanage for children with disabilities in Belovodsk, Kyrgyzstan.  To get around, Lida, Askar and about twelve other children who live there scoot around the cold hallways on their behinds.

The government-funded orphanage is home to more than 350 children with mental and physical disabilities.  Many of the kids have parents, they cannot raise their child because of financial reasons or the responsibilities are just too much.

Despite their disability, Lida and Askar are both very active.

Askar uses his strong arm muscles to breakdance.  He can spin on his head, balance on one arm and practices on a child-sized walker.  He has even been recruited to join official breakdancing teams and clubs for when he is old enough.

Lida and Askar are almost always together.  They eat together, play together and fight together.

Lida, Askar and the other children at Belovodsk will, most likely, move to disability homes for adults when they turn 18.  They will be housed and taken care of by the government their entire lives.

But for now, Askar will continue to look out for Lida, and she will still be his number one fan.

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Categories: Kyrgyzstan
  1. betsy
    January 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Anna, I am interested to see other posts you have about Kyrgyzstan. My son was born in Belovodsk, Kyrgyzstan and we adopted him from the Belovodsk Children’s Home in October 2008. He is an absolute joy and I look for opportunities to see more images of his birth country. If you took any pictures of hospitals there (like the Maternity Hospital) I would LOVE to see them as we were never shown the hospital where he was born. Thank you for your interest in the people of Kyrgyzstan!!

    • January 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Hello Betsy,

      I’m so glad you are interested in the work I did in Kyrgyzstan. Myself and nine other students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln travelled to Kyrgyzstan this winter break to document stories after the revolution. Here is a link to the class’ blog during the trip. http://unlphotojournalismkyrgyzstan.tumblr.com/

      One of the girls actually spent quite a bit of time at maternity hospitals there, only in Bishkek though. I am not sure where your son was born.

      I hope you like our work and feel free to ask more questions after you are able to look at the class’ blog.

      Thank you!

      -Anna

      • betsy
        January 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

        Thanks so much Anna. I have subscribed to your blog and will also check out the other blog you mentioned.

        I’m assuming based on your post on the invalid home that you worked with John Wright in Kyrgyzstan since his team has done all the work there. Thanks for spotlighting their ministry! Again, so grateful to have found this blog and pictures.

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