The Open World Leadership Center | civil society partner
Our organization has a long history with the Open World Leadership Center, an independent legislative unit that operates between the US and Russia. The center funds and supports programming for exchanges on a variety of topics, and the Fox Cities-Kurgan Sister Cities Program, through our local grantee organization, World Services of LaCrosse, has been a long-time partner and local host for Open World exchanges.
Open World programs change regularly and cover a wide variety of timely topics including government, society, and education. Please contact us to get more information and to find out when our next exchange is. If you are interested in hosting professionals traveling on the Open World Leadership Center exchange programs, please click here to learn how to sign up as a host family.
Domestic Violence Programs | improving women’s issues
The Domestic Violence program began in 1999, and throughout the past decade has logged some great successes. The organization received significant grant funding from the US State Department and cooperated with partners including the Kurgan and Appleton police departments and social service agencies like Harbor House domestic violence shelter in Appleton.
The domestic violence program was one of our most active and successful programs, seeing some incredible successes and achievements in the Kurgan community. Results included in the opening of a domestic violence shelter, the initiation of a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, and the regular publication of a women’s magazine.
Health Care | advancing the quality of life
ThedaCare, one of the leading health care organizations in the Fox Cities, has been a long-time partner of our organization, with a number of doctors, nurses, and specialists taking part in training programs and delivering equipment and technologies to the hospitals and clinics in the Kurgan Region.
Our work in health care began in the early 1990’s, when we partnered with the US Army to airlift 120 tons of medical supplies to Kurgan, fully stocking all the region’s hospitals and clinics. Further efforts included building a primary care facility (photo at left: ribbon cutting ceremony), renovating a maternity clinic, and providing training and professional development to hundreds of doctors and nurses.
Security Through Stability | weapon deconstruction
A driving force behind the growth of the Fox Cities-Kurgan Sister Cities Program in the early 2000’s was an effort to eliminate a 14-million pound chemical weapon stockpile located in a small town in the Kurgan Region. The weapons were threating local and global safety every day. Our organization played a significant role in the creation of a safer world by playing a part in the construction of a chemical weapon deconstruction facility near Kurgan, Russia, which opened in June 2009.
The conference brought together leaders from strategic nuclear cities in the US and Russia, as well as their partners, members of government, Green Cross International, and concerened citizens to discuss the security issues facing our world and to lay groundwork for solutions.
Keynoted by former Soviet President the Honorable Mikhail Gorbachev, the event was a culmination of years of work toward a safer world.