The Rotary Club of Almaty

In 2007, Rotarian Muriel Collison, traveled to Kazakhstan with her husband Jerry to adopt their daughter Sophia. After they returned with their daughter they could not get the visions of the children left behind out of their heads. Muriel, went to her Rotary club and started working on a matching grant with the Rotary Club of Almaty to provide much needed supplies to one of the poorest orphanages in Kazakhstan- Karakastek Baby House.

With matching grants from Rotary International, The Northbrook Rotary Club, Deerfield Rotary Club and Almaty Rotary Club worked together for 18 months to raise almost $13,000 for the orphans in Karakastek, Kazakhstan.

This grant means the world to Muriel. These children have nothing and may never know what it is like to be a part of a family. Thanks to Rotary, at least they will have the much needed supplies they need. Their lives will be enriched so very much by this project.

The Rotary Club of Almaty picked up the baton and stared to work on collecting necessary items for the Orphanage. The list of 14 items necessary for the orphanage was created. These items included not only the items necessary for children such as toys, clothes, books, diapers, beds furnishing and mattresses but the others, which influence the quality of their life indirectly – water pump, freezers, irons an vacuum machines.

The Rotary club of Almaty received the donation in August 2010. The committee consisting of 4 members as the leaders of the Karakastek Project was defined. All club members were involved into the important activity – to find necessary items by the best possible price. Using their personal links Rotarians managed to find sponsors who donated some items free of charge – freezers (White Technics), water pump (Grundfos) and fax/copy/scanner machine (). The committee applied to commercial organizations with the application to give maximum low price and there were quite a number who responded with the discount 50-60%. The efforts increased the effectiveness of the project. Counting all discounts and donations gave more than 60% of the initial amount addition. It made possible to choose the items of the high quality. The project was finilised in February 2011.

It could seem that it took a lot of time to start and finalize the project, but if you know that this is an international project, involving several clubs from different countries and official procedures which should be passed before the money could be collected, it is understandable.

The Rotary club of Almaty celebrated its 15th anniversary and we are happy to state, that it is very noticeable, how the willingness to be involved in such social projects grow since this time. We appreciate all support the club received for this project from the good people and are very proud to call them as “Friends of Rotary”.