Dec 20, 2017

Changemakers growing into Global Citizens

Doing the paperwork for a grateful recipient
Doing the paperwork for a grateful recipient

The last few months have been a busy time at Salem Social Village. On the education and training side, we've been learning to think critically, sharing our experience of social entrepreneurship, and teaching young people about journalism and media issues. Meanwhile on the social action and humanitarian assistance side, we've been providing families in difficulties with much needed school supplies, getting much needed items to a young mother in dire straights, and helping more struggling families with clothes and other items for winter. There's been a lot of changemaking going on.

But the one story that really got our attention was a new fusing of these two aspects of our work, and something we didn't plan or expect. When two local businessmen began to realise, through studying English at Salem, that they could take action to do something to help those in need, it was an exciting step forward. This was evidence that we are indeed inspiring the growth of Global Citizens - those whose eyes are open to the needs around them, and who have the desire and opportunity to take action.

As we look forward, we are committed to continue providing high quality education and training, and to continue helping those in need through social action. But our real passion is finding that crossover, those moments when more Global Citizens are inspired to grow here, those who begin to understand and act in a new way.

Thank you for your support for Salem during this year! It's only as a team together that we can continue to Inspire the Growth of Kazakhstan's Global Citizens into the future.

Wishing you a peaceful festive season and a very happy New Year!

From everyone at Salem Social Village

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us all!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us all!
Another family receiving some much needed help
Another family receiving some much needed help
A local donation of items, very happily received!
A local donation of items, very happily received!
Media and journalism training in action
Media and journalism training in action
Our director explaining social entrepreneurship
Our director explaining social entrepreneurship

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Nov 20, 2017

Getting ready to start

We're looking forward to our first donations on this project, so that the first sponsorship can commence for pupils at Salem School. So far there hasn't been any opportunity to provide sponsorship in any form, but we're hoping that some promised donations will arrive soon and give us the chance to provide an education to a future leader of Kazakhstan from a deprived background.

As you can imagine, it's a frustrating period to be in - a live project, interested parties asking for sponsorship, but no funding yet available to give them. However, the opportunity still exists to invest in these young lives, and we're excited about the prospect of providing support to kids whose lives and outlooks will be significantly improved by being able to study at Salem School.

We look forward to being able to report more in three months' time.

Thanks for reading!

Oct 5, 2017

Singing for joy

Nastya with Vlad (centre) from the social club
Nastya with Vlad (centre) from the social club

Watching transformation take place is a very rewarding activity. It's often hard to spot, but you get to learn where to look for it and how to identify it.

Here at Salem Social Village, we're constantly seeking transformation: not so much in the material things, but the inner things - a new awareness arriving, a new way of thinking encountered, a new breakthrough in fighting discriminatory attitudes, a new understanding of what's truly important in life. And so when we see those little flickers of transformation at work, we like to share the good news!

Recently we enjoyed hearing Nastya's story - a talented singer, she happened to come across our social club for people with disabilities. But rather than being shocked or turned off, as many here might be, she was inspired as she realised that she had something to contribute; and she did.

Her mini-concerts for the social club were hugely appreciated by all those who attend, but it was clear that the lights had come on for her through this experience too. "I really love bringing joy to these wonderful people and sharing something of my heart," she told us. "It’s good to give!"

Meanwhile, a new academic year has begun, with new challenges and new opportunities. We were able to help a number of families for whom this is a difficult and uncomfortably expensive time of year, whilst also explaining our new Critical Thinking course, another place where lights are regularly coming on for people. There was also a footballing camp to teach young players the importance of fair play, and another chance to explore our particular approach with the wider charitable sector here.

So a busy few months, but when there's transformation happening all around, there are always reasons to sing for joy.

Thanks for supporting us in making it all happen!

The football camp training in full swing
The football camp training in full swing
Some of the enthusiastic young trainees
Some of the enthusiastic young trainees
Presenting much-needed school supplies
Presenting much-needed school supplies
Explaining what a Critical Thinking course means
Explaining what a Critical Thinking course means
Another chance to discuss social entrepreneurship
Another chance to discuss social entrepreneurship

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