Six millionpeople live in Kyrgyzstan 2. Volunteers approached local schools and state education agencies which sent them a list of students in a "group of risk" - mostly children without parents or who live with relatives and may lack attention and care.
There are now more than volunteers and nearly children aged 12 and older in their database - and the list is growing. Crucially, volunteers are not just on the end of the phone to talk about the problems their new friend is facing - unless the teenager brings it up tenage. Instead, they focus on their new friend's future goals and potential.
She bonded with her year-old phone pal over taekwondo. But most of the volunteers found their "mobile relationship" took off after a few conversations.
Indeed, the volunteers were surprised how most teenagers were keen to talk to them. What do they want to discuss? Other than the skills needed to milk a cow - a must-have in rural Kyrgyzstan - they're much the same things teens across the world want to talk about: K-pop, Instagram, the difficulties of finding love. Drawing famous Japanese cartoon characters and learning languages were other topics that cropped up.
And they were all united in one thing: how much they hated online education during the quarantine. You may also be interested in Jalalbek got particularly excited that - after a difficult start - Maksat sent a photo of him together with his family in the mountains.
For some volunteers, the cause is very personal. Eldiyar Manapov, 24, ed the project because he considered suicide as a teenager.
Like his phone pal, he grew up without parents and now feels a particular connection with his new friend. Children mock you that you don't have parents. I don't want him to feel all this pain, I want him to chat, to be distracted. One of them - a lack of mobile phones - could easily derail the whole project.