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HELP US REPAIR THE ELDERLY CENTER IN BALYKCHY CITY
Elderly centre in Balykchy town in Kyrgyzstan was set up by a local non-governmental organisation to provide a gathering place for retired and elderly people who don't have relatives or access to a social network. But, with temperatures dipping way below zero, the centre is largely inaccessible during late fall and winter season due to the poor heating system. This created a break in an otherwise dynamic routine, keeping its visitors contained to their own homes, alone during the colder months of the year. The team behind this project wanted to change that, so they launched a crowdfunding campaign in March 2016 to make the elderly centre energy efficient. With the support of many backers, the UNDP Catalytic and Scaling-up Facility for Europe, and the CIS they raised $ 9,000$ and replaced the windows and doors switched to energy efficient bulbs and installed a solar collector for heating the water. The project is thus completed and elderly people from Balykchy can enjoy its cosy environment even during the cold winter months.