Values Awareness Programme

The Problem: Due to the lack of employment in Tajikistan, over 1.5 million people have been forced to find work in surrounding countries. Because of this migration, many Taijk families fall into a continual debt cycle which forces the men to support their families from outside the country, placing families at a significantly higher risk of contracting HIV/AIDS from external regions.

The Solution: To improve the economic and moral wellbeing of families in the South-Western region of Tajikistan, our team implemented a three-year community development program that offered moral values teaching, health education, and business training. This included a facet called Chornya Kassa (“money for a rainy day”) which allowed individuals to save money while accruing interest, and an education program about HIV/AIDS risk reduction and management.

The Impact: 750 families with small business supported to access finance through Chornya Kassa; 126 migrant families assisted to take steps towards HIV/AID protection; and 164 individuals with increased business profits.

Funder: TearFund-UK and Covenant World Relief
Duration: 2004-2006


Mustafa Omar, CEO

Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked for Shelter For Life International in the field and Headquarters management positions; managing projects, leading new business development, and guiding operations around the world. Mr. Omar was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and has worked in post-conflict reconstruction, Disaster Risk Reduction caused by human or natural phenomena, and market-revitalization efforts in Central Asia, East and West Africa, Europe, and Middle East for the past twenty (20) plus years. Mustafa holds graduate degrees in business administration and urban planning and is working on a PhD at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Topics of research and professional interest include Market Resilience and Social Risk-Management, Influence of Environmental Degradation on Fragile Markets, Impact of Improving Physical Space on Lasting Peace, and the Interaction between Modern Governance and Informal Market Structures.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.