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A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan

by Salem Union
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A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan
A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan
A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan
A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan
A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan
A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan
A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan
A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan
A new roof for the Salem Social Cafe in Kazakhstan
Aug 30, 2016

Being with friends

Victor at his birthday party in the cafe
Victor at his birthday party in the cafe

Sometimes it's helpful to take a step back and notice the things that have become normal. When the remarkable becomes unremarkable, that's a sure sign that genuine change has taken place.

Recently in the Salem Social Cafe, a young member of our World Without Limits social club for people with disabilities celebrated his 20th birthday. His name is Victor, and he's a talented and positive guy who loves drawing, is great at dancing, and spends lots of time in his favourite library at Salem Social Village.

We don't think of him as disabled; he's just one of our friends. We don't think of it as unusual that he got to celebrate his birthday among friends who respect and appreciate him; yet outside of our cafe, you wouldn't find that kind of thing going on anywhere else in the city. Those with disabilities of any kind are still largely shut away or marginalised, suffering the kind of discrimination that would horrify many in the West.

It's a great measure of progress when, for us at least, these things become normal - and that's how it should be.

Thanks for your support in helping us keep the cafe open and providing a unique place of welcome and interaction for everyone, no matter what society says about them.

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Salem Union

Location: Shymkent, South Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan
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Twitter: @ssvshymkent
Project Leader:
Tim Munday
Shymkent, South Kazakhstan Kazakhstan

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