Kazakhstan is a country in the middle of Eurasia, bordering Russia and China. It is the ninth biggest country in the world and 16.2 million people live there. The landscape of Kazakhstan is varied, ranging from lowlands to hilly plateaus and plains, to deserts and mountains.

Kazakhstan’s varied landscape supports lots of wildlife. The rare saiga antelope lives on the steppe, as do roe deer, wolves, and badgers. In the hills are brown bears, wolves, and the endangered and shy snow leopard.

The people of Kazakhstan are called Kazakhs and the language they speak is Kazakh. Most also speak Russian. About 70% of Kazakhs are Muslim and just under 2% are Catholic. Some of these children live in poverty, so Mission Together helps them attend school by paying for school meals, transport, and uniforms.