Kyrgyzstan: Youth of the Borders
The project will talk about young migrants’ lives, their experience aborad and their current situation in their homeland. At the same time the materials prepared by citizen journalists will also talk about the life of families who have migrant relative. The programs will depict both: positive and negative sides of migrant’s life. In order to carry out this activity 10 young people of the Karakol town will be trained the basics of online journalism and will prepare materials. Their materials will be posted on the specially created Facebook page and the group pages of Issykkul oblast.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
We plan to work with students and school students who will prepare the materials. They will be trained before starting to write materials. As a target group we will take migrants and their families from the whole Issykkul oblast. We will collect voices of migrants from all of the Issykkul region and talk about their experience.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
We plan to work with our partner organization “House of Journalist” and its journalists such as Saikal Attokurova, Guljamal Asankadurova, Begimai Abdrahmanova. Aslo my co-workers Galia Khurova and Azamat Aitbaev will be also offering their assistance. They all have Facebook accounts.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Each day in Kyrgyzstan thousands of people leave to Russia or other countries in search of good job. They all leave Kyrgyzstan trying to earn and save money. Thus trying to contend their lives. In this group people at the age of 20-30 are the most predominant. Most of them just graduate college, some are married and have 1-2 children.
There are some successful migrants. However most of the migrants live their lives in awful conditions. There are cases when migrants die or injured while working. The project will talk about young migrants’ lives, their experience aboard and their current situation in their homeland. At the same time the materials will talk about the life of families who have migrant relative.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
We plan to work with the only media center in Issykkul oblast public association “House of journalist” and with radio station “Volna Issykkulia”. Some programs will be broadcasted via the radio which has over 250 thousand listeners.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
10 young students of the local State University will take part in the training. They will be selected on a special competition. They need to write a short statement on a certain topic. A special panel of juges will be established. They will select the best works. Selected students will be trained and provided with access to internet and all necessary tools.
There are unlimited numbers of internet users can reach the page and read stories of migrants.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
Our partner “House of Journalist” will offer professional journalist trainers who will assist the students while they prepare their work. Applying organization is ready to provide access to internet and computers.
As for the audiopodcasts, students will be able to record them to their cell phones. Later they will have an opportunity to edit their work on a special program which is installed on the computer of applying organization.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
For successful realization of the project we are ready to provide 2 comupters, photo camera and access to internet. A special shedule will be designed so that students can manage their tasks effectively.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
I was born in this city and I can feel the changes. I would like my community to be prosperious. I wish people living in my town were successful and have only good news. As a journalist in the past I have seen so many people who need to speak out. Migrants are one of the vulnarable groups. I would like to rise thier voices so that others were able to get some lessons for thier own lives.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
One of the main risks is that some students may get passive or lose their motivation while working as a journalist. However, I have worked with young people who would like to become journalists for more than 4 years and I know how to cope in this kind of situations.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
The success of the project will be measured by the active visits of the Facebook page. The comments, likes will show whether a certain story is interesting to the audience or not. Active interaction of internet users will be a significant achievement.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
May 1 to 15, 2014- Selection of candidates
May 20, 2014- one day training of selected candidates
May- 20 -June 20, 2014 – preparation and publishing materials
June 20-30- Financial and narrative reports
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
1. Internet 2 month x $30=$60
2. Coffee break for 12 persons x $3 x 2 times = $72
3. Lunch 12 persons x $7 x 1 time = $84
4. Training room rent 1 day x $60 = $60
5. Media expert honoraria for training 1 day x $100= $100
6. Transportation for journalists 100 times x $2 = $200 (10 times for each journalist )
7. Cell phone units 50 cards x $1= $50
8. Coordinator of project 2 months x $150= $300
9. Camera 1 pcs x $250 = $250
10. Bank fees 1 times, 0.5% of total amount = $6
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
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Public Association “Atuul”