In 2011 BFSS gave a 3-year grant to Oasis International (subject to annual review) for its Vulnerable Youth Project in Kyrgyzstan. BFSS grant was for £6,000 pa for 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013-14 the focus was on providing life skills education for boys at the Belovodskoe Reform School and on helping care leavers to access technical/vocational schools and to get established in their educational institution.
Oasis’s Report for 2013-14 gives evidence of the outputs achieved as well as the outcomes/benefits. These include a shift in attitude towards learning on the part of the boys in the Reform School as well as reinvigoration of staff through training to deliver the life skills course. Of the 18 young people helped to access technical/vocational schools, 16 have continued in their education and have been able to complete the year. 49 young people have benefited from having a case worker assigned to them. Oasis’s report addresses very openly the challenges faced and the lessons learned. In light of their work, Oasis are seeking to become involved in government discussions in Kyrgyzstan regarding care leavers and their support.