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Mar 18, 2016

The Caring Bug

Everyone having fun at the party
Everyone having fun at the party

Here at Salem Social Village, we're all about being changemakers, and helping other people become changemakers too. Last month we had a wonderful chance to bring change by caring about the lives of some wonderful yet neglected children - but not only that, we were also able to draw others in too, who also got the chance to care and become changemakers with us as the bug for caring spread.

The Regional Children’s Hospital for children with cancer currently has around 30 kids being treated for various types of cancer – and the way things work here, they aren’t allowed home between treatments; the ward literally becomes their world. In order to draw attention to the problem of children who suffer in this way, and of course to give them a great time, we decided to give them a party.

We also contacted a number of local businesses to tell them about our plan, and lots of them wanted to get involved to help:

  • A huge bunch of large balloons was provided by Air Mood, a party shop
  • Actors from the theatre company Happy Ones came to provide the entertainment
  • The cafe Madlen, well known for its wonderful cakes and desserts, provided food
  • The advertising agency Bukvadyel gave a generous donation for the purchase of toys for the kids
  • The toy shop Marwin gave a 15% discount on the toys purchased for kids with cancer
  • And the non-profit organisation MISK (which stands for Young People's Information Service of Kazakhstan) also lent a helping hand in organising the event.

The event was a great success, and we’re really grateful to everyone who took part. Together we gave each of them a wonderful smile, showing that lots of people were willing to do just a little something to show them some care. Let's keep spreading that caring bug!

>>> Read the fuller story, including how blood donation was involved, on our website. >>>

The smiling bug was spreading too
The smiling bug was spreading too
The actors in costume were really popular
The actors in costume were really popular
It was a pleasure to give each child a gift
It was a pleasure to give each child a gift

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Jan 11, 2016

Happy New Year!

Christmas isn't a big event here, but New Year is the one time of the year absolutely everyone celebrates with their family and friends. And so we wanted to use this chance to send you a special message, to say thank you for your support this year, and to wish you a great festive period.

We've recorded our little message in this video (unfortunately we can't embed it into this email), so click on the link or you can paste this address into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1lSWQnfWU4

We've included the English translation of the message from the video here, but you really need to watch it to get the full message!

"Dear friends, students, partners, volunteers, supporters,

We want to wish you a Happy New Year! Thank you for being with us this year.

We wish you and your families peace, success in your work, well-being for your country, and also happiness and health to each of you.

With love,
Salem Social Village"

Please read our latest Village Leaf email for more news about some recent things we've been able to do, and have a look at the photos below that show some of the great events we hosted last month - one of the big things was our joint celebration for the International Day of People with Disabilities and the International Day of Volunteering, when we were able to give away eight high quality imported wheelchairs to children, aged from 1 to 8, who have a variety of disabilities.

"We love life, and don't see disability as a sentence," one of the parents of a wheelchair recipient said. "We love spending our free time with our friends. We want to be seen as equal members of society. A massive thank you to the Social Village and the volunteers, whose work is priceless. Their sincere friendship gives us confidence in ourselves."

We wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

With love from the whole team at Salem Social Village

Giving away wheelchairs to kids with disabilities
Giving away wheelchairs to kids with disabilities
New Year party fun for everyone!
New Year party fun for everyone!

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Dec 29, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas isn't a big event here, but New Year is the one time of the year absolutely everyone celebrates with their family and friends. And so we wanted to use this chance to send you a special message, to say thank you for your support this year, and to wish you a great festive period.

We've recorded our little message in this video (unfortunately we can't embed it into this email), so click on the link or you can paste this address into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1lSWQnfWU4

We've included the English translation of the message from the video here, but you really need to watch it to get the full message!

"Dear friends, students, partners, volunteers, supporters,

We want to wish you a Happy New Year! Thank you for being with us this year.

We wish you and your families peace, success in your work, well-being for your country, and also happiness and health to each of you.

With love,
Salem Social Village"

Please read our latest Village Leaf email for more news about some recent things we've been able to do, and we wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

With love from the whole team at Salem Social Village

Giving away wheelchairs to kids with disabilities
Giving away wheelchairs to kids with disabilities
New Year fun for everyone!
New Year fun for everyone!

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