Projects in the past

The Rotary Club of Almaty

Youth Exchange Programm (2006)

Adventure summer Camp in Almaty

  • Aim of the Camp: sport activities;
  • Program: hiking, walking tours, swimming;
  • Participants: 16-19 years old girls and boys from different countries (France, Turkey, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy).

The Camp program included sightseeing tour around Almaty, meeting with Rotarians from Rotary Club of Almaty, lake trip for two days, bowling competition, visit to aqua park, several mountains trips.

All teenagers were living in Rotarians families.

Wheelchair project

A member of the Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr Rotary Club, David Bathers, was working in Kazakhstan on behalf of BESO and visited the Almaty Rotary Club.

He returned to Wales with a request for assistance in providing used wheelchairs and mobility aids. These are required for the many children who have been affected by the former Soviet governments Nuclear Weapon test sites which where located in Kazakhstan.

Many of the children have a wide range of genetic disabilities and the Rotary Club of Almaty is helping them in a number of ways. Prime amongst these is the provision of Wheelchairs, buggies and general mobility aids.

After Davids return to the UK it was decided that we, as a club, would assist in this project and an article appeared in a local newspaper. As a result we have received over 100 wheelchairs and other devices. Most of the chairs were in very good condition, and the rest have been professionally refurbished.

They come from a variety of sources, from private homes, from commercial concerns and some from the health service. These latter ones have been withdrawn from service in the UK as a result of designs and specification changes within the NHS.

In this venture we have received generous sponsorship for the shipping, insurance, packaging and local transportation from BP Exploration, British Gas International, General Domestic Appliances (Hotpoint), Bryn Hedd Nursing Home and Llandudno Smokeries.

In the year 2002 the Rotary club of Almaty held a project of distribution of 240 wheelchairs among the invalids of Almaty city and other cities and towns of Kazakhstan.

This project was successful and had a positive reflection in the society.

In this project there were the following participants of this project involved Tucson-Almaty Sister Cities Committee, Rotary Club of Almaty, and Counterpart International.

The responsibilities of the parties were distributed as follows:

  • Tucson-Almaty Sister Cities Committee coordinated the project at an international level (which included organization of funding of 240 wheel chairs and delivery them to Kazakhstan)
  • The Rotary Club of Almaty coordinated the project on the territory of Kazakhstan and organized organize distribution of wheelchairs with all financial expenses.
  • Counterpart International arranged and paid for the shipping of the container of wheelchairs to Almaty.
  • Philip Morris Kazakhstan paid for delivery wheelchairs to the people in Kazakhstan

Total budget 48 000 US Dollars

Hospital Beds Project

The goal of the project was to supply used beds and other medical equipment from Canada to Kazakhstan for improving current situation in two hospitals of Almaty. The State Institute of Urology and the Children Hospital of Aksay were benefit from this humanitarian help. At the same time Teen Challenge Rehabilitation center received some bed linen, blankets, pillows etc.

Rotary Club of Almaty had several partners:

  • TradeAid Canada Corporation
  • Rotary Club of Spruce Crove Alberta, Canada (District 5370)
  • World Emergency Relief/UK
  • Universal Aid Society
  • Rotary International

The Rotary Club of Almaty was responsible for Local custom clearance charges, container return costs, local distribution of goods, media coverage, general handling, other domestic and international partners search.

The Total budget of the project was USD 12,080.

SOS Family Strengthening Project in Almaty

Family strengthening and child abandonment prevention among single mothers and pregnant women from the risk social groups

The objectives:

  1. To create a system of social and psychological support for children and their mothers, determined as beneficiaries: by year 3, families at risk of losing the care of their children will have access to network of educational service providers to address their main needs through psycho-social services which will be provided within educational settings. Also we will build capacity of school psychologists and SWs.
  2. To render essential services to children: by year 3, 50% of families will fulfill the needs of their children for education (formal and informal)
  3. To build the mothers’ capacities for taking care of their children: by year 3, 70% of single mother will improve their parental skills, raise their social status and improve their psychological condition. Vocational trainings To render essential services to children: by year 3, 50% of families will fulfill the needs of their children for education (formal and informal)

Undertaken activities during the project - essential services for children:

  • family development plans including individual plans for each child on the basis of educational needs assessment
  • organization of educational activities on the basis of development plans
  • educational support for school age children: school materials (books), supplies, additional tutoring, fees for sport sections and study & hobby groups, school feeding (lunch), transport tickets, school clothes
  • educational support for children of pre-school age: fees for day nursery, kindergartens
  • group educational trainings for mothers and children: increase of self-esteem, improvement of socialization and communication skills (partners)
  • group and individual educational consultations for mothers: increase of knowledge and awareness about social rights
  • vocational education support for mothers

The beneficiaries are children from low income families with single parent, who are living in Auezov district of Almaty in poor conditions. Therefore their educational rights (such as access to public kindergartens, schools, sport sections, tutoring, etc.) are violated. Unfortunately duty bearers continuously failed to guarantee education for this group. The main goal of this project is to provide access to children to schools, kindergartens, sport sections, hobby groups, etc. In addition, the project will provide vocational training opportunities and parental skills education for mothers so that they can secure stable income and provide adequate care for their children.

For the period of Rotary Club financing:

  • Number of children who directly benefit: 147
  • Number of families who directly benefit: 114

Total amount of Rotary Club sponsorship in 2009 (04.05 – 17.07.2010): 1 351 855 KZT

Baganashil Project

The Orphanage House whom RC Almaty provides support had more than 30 children finishing the school this year. We were approached by the administration with the request to arrange evening dresses and suits for their school leaving parties.

During April-June period, many people responded to our request and supported us in this charity action. By word-of-mouth and with the support of Steppe'n Out magazine we also managed to provide the children summer cloths.

The children thank You all:

  • Alla Rofshonok, ETH -Kkazakhstan
  • Irina Soluyanova, Kazakhstan consulting
  • Lyudmila Feduykova, Panalpina company
  • Yulya Kusidi, Eurobak
  • Yulya Cherdanceva, Afisha magazine
  • Ruzanov Alexandr, Brief agency
  • Tatyana Matlakhova, Asia Direct
  • Valentina Korabelnikova, Baker & McKenzie
  • Tatyana, USAID
  • Vlad Galushko – Crisis Group
  • Korlan Hassenova, USAID
  • Victoriya and Altyn, Bank Kassa nova
  • Zhanargul Bokayeva, Damu Logistics
  • And Rotarians from Almaty Club

Baganashil orphanage toilet's rooms renovation

10 (ten) Sanitary-and-hygienic rooms of four floor buildings of №1 Orphanage House in Baganashyl, Almaty were in unsatisfactory condition. Pipes, toilet bowls, bowls, shower, water taps and another sanitary equipment were non-working.

Floors were watered, because of sewer pipes’ poor condition. Walls, doors, window frames became damped and were unworkable. Children had no possibility to take a shower, a toilet, to wash.

At regular Rotary meeting a decision was made to reconstruct bathrooms of this Orphanage House:

1. To buy toilet bowls and accessories;
2. To buy washstands and accessories;
3. To buy water taps;
4. To buy doors;
5. To buy all necessary building-finishing materials for bathrooms repair;
6. To deliver materials to the place of works (Orphanage House);
7. To pay the workers performing construction and installation of sanitary equipment in the bathrooms.

We are ordinary people, but we achieve extraordinary results!

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