Apply to Join
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

Links:

May 10, 2018

Into the home straight

Mary in her classroom hard at work
Mary in her classroom hard at work

We can all remember hating school at some point or another. But hopefully as you look back at your school experience, you can see the good, recognise how much you learnt and benefitted from, remember some good times, and appreciate the preparation for life that you received there.

In this culture, such things aren't always taken for granted. An education that genuinely provides a solid preparation for life, that attends to constructive character development as well as academic accomplishments, is not so often realised.

Mary is now into the last few weeks of her school year - the weather is already hot, the summer break is just around the corner, and it's hard to stick with it. We're into the home straight. But there's still a signficant recognition that her studies at Salem School can be seen as more than just ticking the boxes, plodding along. This is preparation for life, and for that she is very grateful.

Mary (second from left) with her classmates
Mary (second from left) with her classmates
Apr 17, 2018

Empowering kindness

Ulya with a token of our thanks for all her help
Ulya with a token of our thanks for all her help

Greetings from Shymkent, Kazakhstan!

As current or former supporters of Salem Social Village through GlobalGiving, we want to regularly report to you on all that's happening out here. And there's always lots to talk about!

Since January, we've been doing further staff development training, started a new club for young peoplecelebrated Nauryz with all of our local stakeholders, and held a one day training conference for English teachers in the city. Not only that, but we've been seeing an exciting trend of normal people - not Salem employees - being empowered by Salem to help others. And since we exist to be a place where Global Citizens grow through learning and serving together - in other words, for people to catch hold of this 'helping others' thing, and start doing it themselves - this is news worth sharing!

Ulya, for example, has been volunteering with us to help World Without Limits, our social club for people with disabilities, in any way she can. “This is a really unusual place!" she says. "Here many people with all sorts of needs are accepted, and I want to help Salem Social Village because Salem helps so many people.”

Meanwhile Ulianna, one of our volunteers who has definitely 'got the bug', heard about an opportunity to help a local shelter for young mothers with nowhere else to go. She recruited some friends and organised a shipment of 11 boxes of children's clothing, blankets, cots and toys. This was all humanitarian aid provided by Crossroads in Hong Kong, which we were very pleased to be able to pass on to a good home.

Another recent event at Salem was in celebration of International Women's Day last month. Two of our former team members, Beate and Dina, who are hard at work in the social sphere with another organisation, took over our cafe for the day to host a special lunch for mothers with families experiencing significant hardships. Everyone had a lot of fun!

If you already read our Village Leaf emails every month or two, you'll be aware of all this and more, but if not please sign up for those too to hear more about how your support genuinely is making a difference. Thank you once again for inspiring more Global Citizens to grow.

On behalf of everyone at Salem,

Tim 

Celebrating International Women
Celebrating International Women's Day in style
Ulianna presenting much needed supplies for kids
Ulianna presenting much needed supplies for kids
Having fun at Nauryz, the Kazakh New Year in March
Having fun at Nauryz, the Kazakh New Year in March
Attendees at the recent event for English teachers
Attendees at the recent event for English teachers
The World Without Limits club enjoying Nauryz
The World Without Limits club enjoying Nauryz
 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.