Crisis in Kyrgyzstan: How You Can Help

by Sarah Kendzior on 6/18/2010 · 13 comments

There are a number of organizations which are accepting monetary and material donations to aid the hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks affected by the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan. I have listed several of them below, and I hope Registan readers will add their own information in the comments section or by contacting the editor of this site.

The International Committee of the Red Cross is working with Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan to provide food, shelter and medical assistance. Go to their website and select Tashkent (Regional) under “programme”.

The Kyrgyz-Uzbek Peace Initiative is organizing humanitarian relief efforts from the US. Visit their website for more information, including how to donate clothes, shoes, toys and other material items from various drop-off points in the US, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. They are doing an excellent job of providing information on relief efforts and I encourage you to check their site for updates.

Uzbek House is accepting donations in the New York City area. They are located at 2026 Ocean Ave, Apt 1B, Brooklyn, NY, 11230. You can contact Sardor (917-500-1566) or Farhod (718-200-0008) for more information.

Arbuz web forum is also accepting monetary donations. I have been told that this is legitimate by several members of the Uzbek diaspora in the US.

There is also a section on the Arbuz site which lists drop-off points for donations in various countries around the world, including the UK, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, and Canada.

If you know of other organizations soliciting donations, please provide information in the comments section below.

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Nathan Hamm June 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Note to commenters: Please keep comments brief, on-topic, and informative to keep this list and discussion useful to those looking for ways to donate — your friendly editor

6/20 Update: Read the above note. If you don’t understand, don’t comment.

Nathan Hamm June 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm

UNHCR is accepting donations.

If you’re in the US, donate via USA for UNHCR and indicate you would like your gift to support the Kyrgyzstan Emergency.

For those not in the US, you can find ways to donate to the UNHCR here.

Turgai Sangar June 19, 2010 at 6:51 am

The İHH İnsani Yardım Vakfı also accepts donations:

Laurence Jarvik June 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

Editor’s note: Yep, I deleted it. Believe it. I also deleted the editorial comment on the group in the comment above. I reiterate that there are no free speech rights here. Feel free to say what you want here. — MGMT

open access for comments June 19, 2010 at 1:36 am
Republican Public Children’s Fund
«Sen Yolg’iz Emassan»
«You are not alone»

open access for comments June 19, 2010 at 1:39 am

Damian June 20, 2010 at 6:53 am
Laurence Jarvik June 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

This group was on the Ilkhom Theatre’s website: KYRGYZSTAN: STOP THE VIOLENCE (

Dear Friends! Everyone who wills to support victims of ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan, which had place in the recent week here are the contacts worldwide:

Italy – Bektimur Rahimov: tel +393285729588

London – Abduhakim Makhmudov, tel +447775557940, +442079351899

Paris – Zafar tel +33 613 61 00 55

New York Bahtiyor Khakimov, tel +16465154999 or Ruslan Fidoiy tel +16463213988;

UAE Muzafar tel. +971506312610.

We thank everyone who isn’t ignorant and indifferent! Every help will be most welcome.

Thank you!

hamdard June 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

if you are around chicago, we (Uzbek-American Association) are accepting in-kind donations which will be shipped to Uzbek House on June 25th.

“You can participate in in-kind donations by donating clothes, shoes, blankets, towels and toys. We will be receiving in-kind donations by June 25, 2010. Bring your donations to:
Hajji Serajuddin Nasafi
8327 South 84th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457

On June 26, 2010, all in-kind donations will be shipped to Uzbek House, 2026 Ocean Ave, Apt 1B, Brooklyn, NY, 11230 and from there to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. For further details about in-kind donations, please call Hajji Serajuddin Nasafi at 708-380-0275 or Akmal Niyazmatov at 574-386-2815.”

Tom G. Palmer June 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I also strongly recommend contacting the Central Asian Free Market Institute (, which has been actively supporting humanitarian efforts and a campaign to overcome ethnic hatred, respond to hate campaigns, and create civil peace.

Matthew Doye June 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Muslim Aid also have an appeal aiming to raise £100,000 and have allocated £20,000 already.

Nathan Hamm June 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Another former Peace Corps Uzbekistan volunteer has recommended people donate to Mercy Corps

Natalia Wobst June 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

Kyrgyz Club continues to consolidate donations in USA due to tragic events in Osh and Djalal-Abad oblasts in Kyrgyzstan. Over 170 people were killed and over 2000 were injured in these events.

All funds will be transferred to the April Relief Fund ( that has been organized by the team of students in Kyrgyzstan through NGO “Students In Free Enterprise”. We plan to distribute aid to families that live in conflict zones. All transactions will be documented and financially reported.

You can donate by sending checks to Kyrgyz Club 219 51st Brooklyn NY 11220 (make it payable to Kyrgyz Club), for those who wish to donate via credit or debit card please follow the link below or call us at 718-395-2271

You can also donate through our local representatives
New York, NY Aibek Hakimov, Ph. 917-945-0021 (Brooklyn)
Kerim Orozaliev, Ph. 718-844-1667 (Manhattan)
Washington DC Altinay Kuchukeeva , Ph. 202-361-2307
Los Angeles, CA Janysh Osmonov, Ph. 310-484-9607
Miami, FL Omar Djanyshev, Ph. 857-234-3082
Indianapolis, IN Anara Atabekova, Ph. 317-605-6005 Seattle,
WA Nurbek Ismailov, Ph. 206-321-1274
Boston, MA Januzak Almaz, Ph 617-510-9051

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