Kyrgyzstan: U.S. Marines deliver toys to Bishkek’s SOS Children’s Village

US Embassy photo

BISHKEK (TCA) — U.S. Marines delivered toys and other donations from the U.S. Embassy Community in Bishkek to children of the SOS Children’s Village, a nongovernmental charitable organization providing services for children in Kyrgyzstan without parental care. The donations were made on December 14 through the Marine “Toys for Tots” Program which occurs every year around the world, the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan said on December 20.

The children showed their gratitude by teaching the U.S. Marines about Kyrgyz culture, reciting portions of the Kyrgyz Epic of Manas, and demonstrating the game of Ordo. Finally, the U.S. Marines danced the Kyrgyz National Dance Kara Jorgo with the children.

“As the holidays arrive, we’re reminded how important it is to be a contributing member of our community,” said one U.S. Marine. “We’re so happy to have the opportunity to spread the joy of the Toys for Tots program in Bishkek.”

The U.S. Embassy said it would like to thank both American and Kyrgyz citizens who contributed to this year’s program.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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