Love Kazakhstan volunteers doing what they do best
As you will be aware by now, we at Salem Social Village love helping people. However, our focus isn't on just assisting those in need; rather, it's about empowering people who can empower others. That's why our projects include education, humanitarian aid, volunteering, a cafe - it's all about passing something on to those who can bring incremental change.
A good example of this is a recent shipment of humanitarian aid that we were able to send to the Almaty-based non-profit organisation ‘Love Kazakhstan’, an inspiring outfit dedicated to helping the most vulnerable groups in society – whether single mothers, the disabled, or anyone else in significant need.
One of the families that they helped recently, the Mamyrbaevs, had just escaped from severe flooding that destroyed their home and almost everything in it. Using items from our shipment, supplied by Crossroads in Hong Kong, Love Kazakhstan was able to help them set up their lives again in a new home.
One of the most inspiring things we found in all this was one of the volunteers with Love Kazakhstan, Almaz, who shared his life story with us. After a very difficult childhood, including a father who walked out on the family, he became convinced of the need not for revenge but of finding joy through helping others.
"I was filled with new feelings, new needs – I wanted to do more, something kind and more important!” he told us. And he's now working to get help to those who need it most. Now that's the kind of people we love to empower.
The Mamyrbaev family with their new furniture
They now have something to sleep on at night
Some of the clothes that were also donated to them