Reach for the stars


In Kyrgyzstan, a small country in Central Asia is making big news! Many years ago, Kyrgyzstan was part of the Soviet Union (which consisted of Russia and many other countries in that region), and when the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991, the country became independent.

Sadly, independence came at the cost of Kyrgyzstan’s national Space Program, which has remained out-of-operation since 1992. That is all set to change!

In a country where women are considered to be less important than men, and are often subjected to unfair treatment, child marriage and even kidnapping, a media agency called Kloop is working hard to uplift young girls and give them more opportunities.

Kloop provides numerous courses to girls aged between 17-25 and in 2018, Kloop’s founder Bektour Iskender co-founded a programme to train a group of girls to build and eventually launch Kyrgyzstan’s first-ever space satellite!

The project is aiming to raise $150,000 entirely through crowdfunding (which is where people from all around the world donate money to a specific project or cause), and the team hopes to be able to launch the satellite into space in 2021.

The girls behind this new Kyrgyz Space Program meet twice a week to learn coding, design and other essential topics to help them achieve their goal.

The girls are working to build something called a CubeSat (which is smaller, less expensive type of satellite) and are currently hoping to raise enough money to bring in experts from Lithuania who helped build and launch that country’s first CubeSat in 2014.

The Kyrgyz Space Program has also been documented in a short film called ‘Kyrgyzstan’s Space School’ that follows the stories of the girls working to achieve this amazing feat.

The film is available online and can be watched here.

Written by: Disha Mirchandani. Disha is a former lawyer turned freelance content writer. She is a fitness ent

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