ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN - Caritas project for children with disabilities: new collaboration with the state and with companies

Friday, 24 January 2020

Almaty (Agenzia Fides) - In 2020, the project dedicated to children with down syndrome carried out by Caritas Kazakhstan will grow, thanks to new partnerships in the public and private sector. This is what the National Director of the charitable organization, Don Guido Trezzani tells Agenzia Fides: "This year we will take the project to a different level. In recent days, we met representatives of a national civilian commission that could support our work with disabled children in the next 12 months and beyond, for the future. This would give us the opportunity to increase the number of children involved and to employ specialized personnel".
To underline the desire to "start 2020 with a different step", explains Don Trezzani, Caritas Kazakhstan organized a meeting during the Christmas period: "For years, with the families of the children participating in the project, we have respected the tradition of Soviet heritage of the 'tree festival', which welcomes the new year. This time, we thought of making a qualitative leap, involving new partners, such as some important national companies. Their response was positive: we were granted the hall of an important five-star hotel in Almaty. At the same time, a foundation bought nominal gifts for each individual child and the president of the airline company "Air Astana" attended the day, donating gadgets".
"Traditions are an important part of our life, because they give a sense of stability and security. Sometimes, however, the time comes to take risks and go beyond the expected standard. So we decided to risk the adventure of an event capable of making our project known to more people. The result went beyond the brightest expectations, not only for the success of the event itself, but also for the prospects of new collaborations that have opened", says Don Trezzani, remarking that "these partnerships will have the beneficial effect of expanding the number of disabled children and assisted families". They also "explicitly acknowledge and appreciate the social and charitable action of the Catholic Church in Kazakhstan", concludes the Director, and this aspect has a positive consequence for all the other activities proposed in the future. (LF-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 24/1/2019)