It's the summer holidays! Every child looks forward to the end of school, and finishing a school year is in itself a great achievement.
Mary completed the school year at Salem School recently, finishing Fourth Class and receiving many commendations during her studies. Her Mum was very grateful for the sponsorship that allowed her to study at Salem!
However, significant changes mean that we are going to be unable to continue the sponsorship program through GlobalGiving for children at Salem School.
Firstly, Mary is not going to continue at the school in September due to some changes in her family's situation. This is a natural change and for various reasons it's actually going to be better for her to start at a new school. Since the sponsorship program for children at Salem School hasn't developed to include other children as we'd anticipated, there is a natural opportunity for closing the program at this time rather than trying to relaunch it.
Secondly, Salem School itself is changing, and the school board recently made the decision to release oversight of the school to the director and his wife. This will enable greater investment in the school and greater freedom for new developments in its vision to care for those in need, particularly those with learning difficulties.
However, this change also means that the school is no longer a legal entity within Salem Union, the organisation registered with GlobalGiving. Therefore, in the future any funds to support the school will not be able to be raised through GlobalGiving, which means this project needs to be closed.
Every season eventually comes to an end, but every new season brings new opportunities, and we're hopeful that despite us not being able to continue Educating Ten Future Leaders of Kazakhstan, that nonetheless Salem School will continue its fine work in educating leaders of the future in Shymkent.
So thanks for your support for Salem School, and particularly for Mary in her studies this year. And if you'd still like to support projects amongst the vulnerable and young people in Shymkent, please help us to Inspire the Growth of Kazakhstan's Global Citizens.