There is not a single kindergarten in Archa Beshik. This district of Kyrgyzstan’s capital city is home to an estimated 50,000 people, many of whom are young families raising two or three children. There are two primary schools, but neither has the capacity to educate all of Archa Beshik’s children.
Archa Beshik grew from waves of internal migration that began in the early 1990s. People from all corners of Kyrgyzstan moved to Bishkek in search of jobs. The migrants settled here building homes with the materials they could find, and making do without running water or electricity. Over time things have slowly improved in Archa Beshik; however, the community is still lacking schools.