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Feb 14, 2018

Progressing through the year

Mary in her classroom ready to study
Mary in her classroom ready to study

The school year here is built around the seasons, and the key national holidays. Summer is very long and hot, and so schools in Kazakhstan only run from 1st September to the end of May. New Year is a natural break (and a very big festival!) which splits the academic year into two halves, whilst the Kazakh New Year at the equinox in late March splits the second half into its two quarters.

All that means that there is no half-term break here like some countries have, and so we're currently in the long quarter through the cold of winter from early January until mid-March. But when that's done, the warmth of Spring will already be in the air, and only a couple of months will remain before the long summer break arrives once more. 

For now, Mary and her friends in 4th class are doing a great job of studying together. Mary has had some struggles in the last few months with her teacher's style and the draining drudgery of winter here, but she's still doing well and appreciating her opportunity to study at Salem, as well as making a new friend with a recent arrival to their class. 'I love studying at this school,' she says. And you can see that she means it.

Thanks to all our sponsors for making this a possiblity for Mary, your generosity is really appreciated by her and her family.

Mary (second from left) with her classmates
Mary (second from left) with her classmates
Jan 18, 2018

Happy New Year

Having fun at the New Year party
Having fun at the New Year party

Greetings once more from Shymkent, where we've started 2018 with a whole lot of intent and excitement - in the first week back, we held an intensive two day staff training course, looking at interpersonal relationships, which went down very well.

We're now signing up students for English courses on our second winter semester which runs until March, and so far there are still lots and lots of people wanting to study English with us!

Meanwhile, we finished 2017 with a bang too, before the New Year break began. In early December, we held an event to mark two key dates: the International Day of People with Disabilities, 3rd December, and the International Volunteer Day, 5th December.

Then at the end of the month, we continued the tradition of celebrating the forthcoming New Year with fun for those in need - and there was certainly a lot of fun had! Not only that, but the members of our social club for people with disabilities surprised us by themselves covering the costs of a number of gifts for those attending.

This changing mindset, from helpless victim to active participant, is a joy to see, and once again it was an entirely inspiring celebration.

We trust that you too have a very happy new year and a properous 2018, and once again thanks from everyone at Salem Social Village for your support.

Kind regards,

Tim

International Day of People with Disabilities
International Day of People with Disabilities
Thanks being said on International Volunteer Day
Thanks being said on International Volunteer Day
Lots of reasons for celebration
Lots of reasons for celebration
...from everyone at Salem Social Village
...from everyone at Salem Social Village

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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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