BRIDGES TO TAJIKISTAN

connection, education, opportunity

Special thanks to the Open World host families.  The magic of the program often happens for our visitors in the homes of their hosts.  Home stays increase the delegates’ knowledge of our American way of life.  Hosts for this group:  Natasha Kolchevska, Cristyn Elder & Tyler Johnson, Charles & Susan Paine, Ruth Anne O’Keefe & Ed Studer, Renee Toy & Dan Sharp, and Nancy Kilpatrick.

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An Open World delegation from Tajikistan recently visited Working Classroom as part of a professional development program on “Youth Empowerment.”  Open World is a professional exchange program designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia.  Funded through the auspices of the U.S. Library of Congress, the Albuquerque appointments, home stays and cultural events were put together by Bridges to Tajikistan, a local organization.
Delegates were greeted by Executive Director, Gabrielle Uballez, and Joel Garcia, Community Outreach coordinator.  They toured the facility and were treated to some interesting exercises on movement in the theater.  “The visit to Working Classroom was a highlight of our program,” said Parviz Aydarshoev, a delegate from Dushanbe (capital of Tajikistan) and facilitator for the group.​

DELEGATION FROM TAJIKISTAN VISITS HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT

OUR DRIVER


DELEGATION FROM TAJIKISTAN VISITS GIRL SCOUTS NEW MEXICO TRAILS

Parviz Aydarshoev from the Cultural Affairs Department at the United States Embassy in Dushanbe was the facilitator for the group.  This was his second visit to Albuquerque as he also facilitated the October 2014 group studying NGO Development.  Parviz is a very important “bridge” for our program and we are privileged to know and work with him.  


Parviz is shown here on the Sandia Peak Tramway with Tajik delegates Farzona Habibova and Nodira Kakharova.

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The Tajik delegation visited with the Human Rights project.

Delegation from Tajikistan visits New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe.

Charlie Bennett is our intrepid driver for the Open World delegations.  He is pictured here at Sandiago’s waiting for the group to come down from their trip up the mountain on the Sandia Peak Tramway.

An Open World delegation from Tajikistan recently visited the Human Rights Project as part of a professional development program on “Youth Empowerment.”  Open World is a professional exchange program designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia.  Funded through the auspices of the U.S. Library of Congress, the Albuquerque appointments, home stays and cultural events were put together by Bridges to Tajikistan, a local organization.
Delegates were greeted by Executive Director, Regina Turner, who provided an overview of their programs and introduced students who had participated in the Model International Criminal Court.  The students shared their thoughts on the impact of the program and how it has influenced their career choices and life decisions. Representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation were also present to show their support for other human rights programs including teacher and student training workshops on bullying and social and racial injustice.

The delegates and Bridges to Tajikistan were warmly welcomed by Dalene Coriz, Director of Brave Girls Program, who presented the mission, accomplishments and passion behind the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute, and the Brave Girls Program. The goals of educating and empowering youth in an effort to promote betterment of community, responsibility, critical thinking, healthy living and self respect were of great interest to the delegates.  In addition to an inspiring presentation and an interactive Q&A with Brave Girls students, an authentic meal was served followed by interesting conversation and music.  The delegation benefited greatly from the Brave Girls Program presentation.

An Open World delegation from Tajikistan recently visited a Girl Scout activity at Isleta Pueblo as part of a professional development program on “Youth Empowerment.”  Open World is a professional exchange program designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia.  Funded through the auspices of the U.S. Library of Congress, the Albuquerque appointments, home stays and cultural events were put together by Bridges to Tajikistan, a local nonprofit organization.
Delegates were greeted by Vanessa Wheeler, Girl Scouts New Mexico Trails Program Manager, Gold Award & Travel Liaison, who introduced a troop of Brownie and Junior Scouts for a cultural exchange. The scouts had prepared questions for the delegates about their country, their flag, favorite music, pets, and family.  Following the question and answer session, and a joint activity creating small flags of Tajikistan, the scouts served Native American bread, prune pie, and traditional tea to the delegates and enjoyed informal conversation with the girls.  The girls also presented the visitors with a hand-made banner welcoming the delegation to Isleta Pueblo in English and in their native language.  The international visitors and the Girl Scouts were both delighted to learn how many cultural traditions they have in common, even though they live on the other side of the planet from one another.

DELEGATION FROM TAJIKISTAN VISITS SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL BRAVE GIRLS PROGRAM

A visit to the Girl Scouts program at Isleta Pueblo

 A 2015 Open World delegation from Tajikistan visited the Santa Fe Indian School Brave Girls Program in March 2015 as part of a professional development program focused on Youth Empowerment.  Open World, funded through auspices of the U.S. Library of Congress, is a professional exchange program which enhances understanding and cooperation between young professionals in the United States and Eurasian countries.  The Tajik delegates experienced educationally diverse appointments and immersion within home-stays and cultural events, all of which was organized and facilitated by a local organization, Bridges to Tajikistan. 

The visit to the Working Classroom project involved some exercises for the Tajik delegation.

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Bridges to Tajikistan welcomed its third Open World delegation from Tajikistan, March 3-8, 2015.  Visiting the United States for the first time, the delegates were interested in “Youth Empowerment.”  Bridges arranged home stays, cultural activities, and professional appointments.  Their visit included authentic  New Mexican and Native American meals as well as a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Sandia Peak Tramway.  Professional meetings included Big Brothers Big Sisters, Working Classroom, New Mexico Human Rights Projects, the Model UN program at the University of New Mexico and Project PeacePal.  They visited Santa Fe where they met with State Representative Christine Trujillo and enjoyed a cultural exchange with the Brave Girls program at the Santa Fe Indian School.  Girl Scouts New Mexico Trails invited them to the Isleta Pueblo to learn about the Scout program there to develop confidence and courage.

DELEGATION FROM TAJIKISTAN VISITS WORKING CLASSROOM