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Oct 10, 2018

Summer of fun

Team building with pallets and planks, Salem-style
Team building with pallets and planks, Salem-style

It gets hot here in the summer, and young people need to find constructive ways to chill out, have some fun and survive the heat. 

This summer, Salem Social Village put on a Youth Leadership Camp over two days to provide not only a lot of fun, but also a significant purpose by training young people in leadership-related topics. And when we say training, that's activity-based learning with a whole lot of time for reflection and discussion, not the 'lecture and take lots of notes' approach.

Team-building activities and seminars were supplemented, Salem Social Village style, with some experiential learning initiatives focussed on raising awareness of social issues. This included 'Living on wheels' simulation, with the young people sent out into the city with a wheelchair to get a first hand experience of just how hard it is being disabled. They also went through our AIDS Xperience to understand the lives of those at risk of HIV/AIDS infection, and how normal people can be put at risk.

This was the highlight of the summer at Salem, but there was so much else going on too, including a rock concert attended by over 700 people - but that will have to wait until next time.

Thanks again from everyone at Salem for your support in helping us to continue challenging discrimination, training future leaders, and bringing change to society here. It can be a lot of fun, but it's always purposeful.

Signing up for the event of the summer
Signing up for the event of the summer
Paying close attention to all that was being said
Paying close attention to all that was being said
Discovering what life is like in a wheelchair
Discovering what life is like in a wheelchair
Just getting over the road can be a big challenge
Just getting over the road can be a big challenge
And how on earth do you get on a bus like that?!
And how on earth do you get on a bus like that?!
Aug 3, 2018

Finishing a good year

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.

Thanks again,

Tim

Jul 13, 2018

Serious and fun

Why do these young people look so serious?!
Why do these young people look so serious?!

Recently the young people from our new club SalemYouth took part in Salem's AIDS Xperience simulation. This project develops empathy and compassion towards people suffering with HIV/AIDS, and enables a deeper understanding of the experience of someone at risk of contracting this virus.

The photo above was taken after the event, as they all took time to take in what they had just experienced. A tiem for some serious reflection rather than celebration.

Along with the young people from SalemYouth, a journalist from the newspaper 'South Kazakhstan', Oxana Sivtsova, took part in the AIDS Xperience, and her article about it was published in the paper.

You can read her full article on our website, but she was clearly very impacted by the AIDS Xperience, writing "...this is explosive. I felt like a bomb had gone off inside me, and it was clear that the other participants felt just the same, as we realised that no one is insured against such a disaster as this."

This is an important aspect of our goal to educate young people in global issues, but we're also pursuing new attitudes and understanding in lighter ways, like the day conference we hosted to give people the chance to discuss issues relating to career choices.

Added to that, the World Without Limit social club for people with disabilities continues to go from strength to strength, as this recent video shows. We know how to be serious, but we also know how to have fun!

Thanks again for all your support of Salem Social Village.

Having fun with the social club
Having fun with the social club
Discussing important issues around career choices
Discussing important issues around career choices

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