To alleviate the impact of poverty on vulnerable elderly people in Kyrgyzstan, Babushka Adoption Foundation has set up a successful private sponsorship program providing monthly welfare cash transfers to the most vulnerable old people in Bishkek city and rural areas of Batken oblast.
The lists of the vulnerable elderly are provided by the local social security departments of the Ministry of the social protection of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Identifying and selecting which elderly will be supported is accomplished by our social workers, with the support of an independent commission of experienced people working in the community sector. Our social workers conduct needs assessments, by visiting the elderly applicants at their home. The assessments take into account the applicants’ work experience, health condition, housing situation, family status and value of pension. These are then measured against Babushka Adoption Foundation’s criteria:
If you don’t want to adopt a babushka directly through our website, please send us your request.
From the sponsorship money 80% goes to your beneficiary and 20% goes towards the running costs of BA, including staff costs, communication costs (post and internet), transportation of distributing the money and all our social activities and projects.
Please send us an email with your request to adopt an elderly person.
Let us know whether you leave the choice of an elderly person up to us or if you want to choose between several beneficiaries from our database.
We will send you the biographies of a few elderly persons in need, so you may decide whom to support and inform us of your decision.
After you have made your choice our Sponsor Coordinator will send you the profile of a needy elderly person. All other necessary information that you need to become a sponsor will be provided too.
Transfer the yearly amount of €180 to one of our bank accounts. We have four bank accounts: in Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany.
Please consider making your adoption an on-going commitment and continue to provide long-term support for your beneficiary by setting up a Standing Order or Direct debit with your bank. It is the best way to make our sponsorship program affordable and efficient.
When we have received your sponsorship money our Sponsor Coordinator will send you a confirmation right after she gets the bank statements. We usually get bank statements on the second or third week of the next month.
As soon as your transfer is received, we will start providing your chosen beneficiary with the Kyrgyz equivalent of €12 monthly, at two-monthly intervals.
Reports & Receipts
Our Sponsor Coordinator will send you the following reports:
– Pictures of your beneficiary, receiving the sponsorship money for the first time.
– Once in the three months a newsletter
– A financial report in the end of the year.
– A renewal request, if there is only €40,- left on the balance of your beneficiary, to renew the sponsorship.
– Information e-mail when your beneficiary dies or quits the program.
Sometimes the elderly people need more help than the adoption program can offer.
You can help them by giving a (one-time) donation
Your energy can make a huge difference in the lives of elderly in poverty. Get involved in the work of Babushka Adoption in a way that suits you. Write letters, become a fundraiser, let yourself be heard online or get your relatives moving. Everything is possible!
Here you find a few suggestions what you can do to contribute, beside adopting. If you have a nice idea to raise awareness for elderly in poverty or for the work of ‘Babushka Adoption Foundation’, we will be pleased to hear this.