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NGO Ranar – The First Stop on the Way from Prison

NGO Ranar is located in the outskirts of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, in a private house with a nice kitchen garden where its clients grow vegetables for their own use. The clients are former prisoners and people who use drugs; many belong to both groups. Today, the house hosts …

SPIN Plus – A Home that Still Attracts

A 40-year old well-built man, Murod, comes to the non-governmental organisation (NGO) SPIN Plus almost every day. This NGO is one of the eleven partner organisations of AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) in Tajikistan that implements the Bridging the Gaps programme. SPIN Plus focuses on harm reduction and advocacy of human …

Sakhi Tajikistan: Helping people who use drugs return to society

In every country where AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) implements the Bridging the Gaps programme there is usually a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that work with key populations. This fosters competition and, therefore, improves the quality of services they provide to clients. Every service provider has something to attract clients. …