Raisa graduated from secondary school this year and enrolled in the American University of Central Asia, department of psychology. Raisa studied at a private school, “Ilim.” Below is her story.
“My parents believe that the future of each person depends on the quality of the education. Therefore they did their best to give all opportunities to get a high quality secondary education. I studied at one of the best schools of Bishkek. I also have a brother, who enrolled at University in Moscow after graduation of secondary school.
"Besides I strongly believe that each person has a duty to involve in social life. I am an active person and try to take part in all social events actively. I have a volunteering experience: there is a relief fund for orphans and older people in our secondary school. We organized volunteer groups and visited an orphanage, named 'Meerim bulagy.' Our group picked up clothes, toys and bought food and presented them, but the most important thing that we came to share our love and care with them. We organized concert, sang songs, danced and played. In the end, children didn’t want to let us go. Besides, I visited a home for the elderly and sometimes brought them to school, where we organized a holiday for them. I also work in Resource Centre for the old people in Kyrgyzstan since February.
"I hope both my educational background and my volunteering experience will help me to be one of the best students of AUCA. The American University of Central Asia has been the University of my dreams for years, and I will try to do all my best to be one of the best students.
"Unfortunately, my parents cannot afford paying the tuition fees fully. Therefore I am applying for Kiva loan, which will give me an opportunity to cover my higher education.”
About American University of Central Asia
The American University of Central Asia (AUCA) is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary university in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Founded in 1993 with the support of the United States Government and the Open Society Institute, it provides a unique American-style liberal arts curriculum for top students in the region.
About 90% of AUCA students receive financial aid of some sort. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to supplement financial aid packages with loans offered to students starting their freshman year at the university.