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When her youngest son Arstan was diagnosed with a speech disorder at the age of three, Cholponai, a single mother of two, struggled to find the best way to help him. Doctors concluded that Arstan needed to be sent to a special kindergarten, but in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where Cholponai and her family live, these schools are few and far between. After Arstan was unable to find placement in a special school, he continued to struggle communicating with other kids, had difficulty eating at his local preschool, and could not be left unattended because of the risk that he might run away. It wasn’t until April 2012 that Cholponai learned about a public association called Hand in Hand from a tele... Full story

20 February