News from Boulder-Dushanbe Sister Cities

Boulder Teahouse Fundraising for Employees

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With the closure of restaurants and bars due to COVID-19, many employees who live paycheck to paycheck are having difficult times. With the closure of restaurants and bars due to COVID-19, many employees who live paycheck to paycheck are having difficult times. 

Lenny and Sarah Martinelli, the lessees of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, have started a GoFundMe site to help the employees of Three Leaf Concepts, organization that they have formed to run the Teahouse, Chautauqua, and three other restaurants, all of which are closed now to COVID 19. If you would like to help the servers and other employees of the Teahouse, go to:

New employee at Boulder-Dushanbe Sister Cities

Itgelmaa Chavgaa recently joined BDSC as the Communications Assistant to the organization’s leadership board. She has been working in this capacity since December, 2019. Itgelmaa (her friends call her “Itka”) is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder, with a degree in Environmental Studies. Five years ago, she came from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Boulder, Colorado to get her bachelor’s degree. After her graduation, Itgelmaa began working for the Community Engagement Design and Research Center, which is a close partner of Boulder-Dushanbe Sister Cities (BDSC).

In her role as the Communications Assistant, Itgelmaa assists the BDSC board with outreach and social media. Her main responsibility is social media maintenance, data management, event support and grant research. Due to similar cultural values of her home country, she has a strong understanding of Central Asian countries and their cultures. Itgelmaa speaks fluent Russian, which will potentially aid the communication with delegates from Tajikistan who do not speak English. At the same time, she has a strong willingness to learn the Tajiki in the future.

Navruz 2020 Cancellation 

Due to public health concerns, our March 21, 2020 Navruz celebration is canceled. Look for notices about a possible September festival.

Tajikistan Tour September 2020

Tentative Travel Itinerary:  We will fly to Tashkent Uzbekistan, and spend a day there.  Uzbekistan is the only country in Central Asia that seems to be making the transition from the Soviet system to, perhaps, a democracy.  I have only spent a few hours in Tashkent recently, and am looking forward to a few more hours there.  The next day we drive to Samarkand, where we would spend a day and a half, wandering through the fascinating 15th Century Registan and the tomb of Tamarlane and other spots.

Then on to the border city of Penjakent, Tajikistan, and the ancient ruins of Sarazm.  After a visit to the Seven Lakes region, we head to Dushanbe, where we do some official visits, to the mayor’s office and the embassy, and visit the Friendship Center and the Hissar fortress south of the city.  Then over the mountains to the city of Khujand, visiting the artists that have spent months in Boulder working on the Teahouse, and getting a lot of local flavor. After two days there, we head back to Tashkent and fly home. Contact us for updates and more information on this travel opportunity.

Open World 2020 

Tajikistan - Sports for at Risk Youth
The Government of Tajikistan realizes the importance of athletics and sports for its youth and has established a Committee on Youth Affairs and Sports to manage facilities for sport and exercise. The purpose of this program is for the delegates to learn how to use sports to encourage young people to focus on improving their lives and communities, and especially how to use sporting activities to inspire young people to stay away from gangs, extremism, drugs and crime.    

Boulder-Dushanbe Sister Cities Annual Meeting 2020 

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