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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!

Links:

Nov 24, 2015

Shaping the landscape

Zhascamp Conference volunteers dressed and ready !
Zhascamp Conference volunteers dressed and ready !

There's lots to be grateful for, especially when we see another semester begin with a great number of students signed up on our English courses - the revenue from the courses covers a lot of the costs at Salem Social Village. But there's still a big gap that needs to be filled in order to keep this place running, enable our projects to keep operating, and allowing us to continue bringing transformation one step at a time. And that's where we're so grateful for all those who have made donations - you really are a changemaker!

You could say that we're not at the 'front end' of charitable work here at the Social Village - we don't feed hungry children, we don't care for the homeless, we're not dealing with desperate need day after day. But the process of bringing change, challenging attitudes, widening horizons, fighting discrimination, showing how to care - all of these are priceless aspects of our work here, which in their turn can indeed make a massive different for those who are in desperate need.

Recently we were able to host Zhascamp, a regional conference gathering all those who work in the charitable sector and asking provoking questions about how we in Kazakhstan can be more effective in helping the disadvantaged and those in need. In one sense it was just a conference, but in another sense it was a massive opportunity to further shape the landscape here, taking big steps forward in enabling many more to bring change to the world around them. Thank you for being part of that journey with us, we really value your partnership.

If you don't already receive Village Leaf, our monthly newsletter with stories of all that's going on at Salem Social Village, please sign up here.

We're currently fundraising for a new roof for our cafe - could you help? Please click on the links below to find out more.

The main session underway in the cafe, full house
The main session underway in the cafe, full house
Local media attended and did various interviews
Local media attended and did various interviews
Arman, our Executive Director, addresses attendees
Arman, our Executive Director, addresses attendees
Many young dynamic innovators came and learnt lots
Many young dynamic innovators came and learnt lots

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