“ZHIGER” – Youth Organization of Persons with Disabilities with the financial support of Abilis Foundation, Finland Started implementing the active phase of the project “Teaching each other the skills of healthy lifestyle”. The main goal of the project is to develop trainer’s potential in young leaders with disabilities from Almaty and Almaty Region so that they could establish their own organizations and teach their colleagues, relatives and friends both the healthy lifestyle skills and other important topics.
The unique feature of this project is that this is the first step to establish the first network of youth organizations of persons with disabilities in Kazakhstan. In the future This network will be working in the field of integration of young persons with disabilities in the society on national and international levels.
Under the framework of this project, on April 7-8, 2015, in Almaty, Kazakhstan “ZHIGER” – Youth Organization of Persons with Disabilities with the financial support of Abilis Foundation, Finland and with support of Association of Public Organizations “Inayat” and the Mayor’s office of Panfilov’s Rayon organized and conducted Training of Trainers (TOT) on healthy lifestyle, HIV and AIDS prevention. 20 persons with visual, hearing and physical disabilities, aged 16-30 years, took part in the training. The training participants represented Almaty city, EnbekshyKazakh region (120 km from Almaty) and Panfilov region (350 km from Almaty).
This training was conducted by a distinguished international trainer with 20 years of work experience, the 2005 UN Jonathan Mann award Recipient Mr. Sagyngali Elkeyev. The participants enjoyed a great opportunity to conduct mini-trainings in front of the big audience for the first time in their life. Many participants said that this raised their self-esteem and self-confidence and inspired them to work with people. Some participants from the rural areas of Almaty region expressed the desire to unite efforts and to establish their own NGOs in order to jointly solve their problems they face in every-day life.