BROAD SECTOR SUPPORT: COUNTERPART INTERNATIONAL
A. PROJECT PURPOSE
The purpose of the Counterpart project component is:
Strengthen democratic culture among citizens and target institutions.
B. PROJECT IMPACTS
Group Fundraising Effort Generate over KZT 13,000 for Vulnerable People
In Kazakhstan, charity is not a mass social phenomenon due to lack of philanthropic culture in the
society. In this connection, the funding of NGO social projects through donations is still relatively
new and difficult process in the country. The Astana CSSC Agency of Social Technologies and
Development, in cooperation with a group of local NGOs, carried out its presentation and fundraising
campaign in Astana with participation of parliamentarians, representatives of state executive bodies
and over 70 non governmental organizations. The campaign generated over 13,000 KZT ($85) in
donations, the proceeds of which were given to the Malotimopheev Home for the Aging and Disabled.
While only a small amount of money was raised, this joint NGO government effort went a long way
toward breaking down societal stereotypes about charity.
NGOs Involves Business and Government in Charity for Children
For children of repatriated and internally migrated people, life too often lacks the basics of play and
community. Due to gained skills in a number of Counterpart's trainings including Fundraising and
Social Partnership , the NGOs Dan and Salauat, that work with refugee populations, coordinated
with the local food and grocery companies (Almaty Nan, Aqsai Nan and Liana) as well as with the
government administration of the Central Entertainment Park and Zoo to organize a holiday for
children from the refugee communities in Shamalghan village, Shanyraq 4 micro district and Stroitel
and Saule community hostels. As a result of the joint business, NGO, and government efforts, 200
refugee children visited the park and received gifts.
Training Program Strengthens Prevention of Drug and HIV Spreading Among Teens
The incidence of drug use and HIV infection among youth in Aktobe is on the rise. According to
official sources, 49 HIV infected young people are registered in the city, demonstrating the lack of
effective prevention programs. In October 2001, an initiative group was registered as the Public
Association Onyx, with the mission to reduce the rate of HIV infection and prevent drug abuse. From
November 2001 the organization participated in a number of trainings and received comprehensive
consultative and technical support from the local CSSC SMEDA, including Social Partnership ,
Volunteerism , Project Design , Citizens Involvement in Decision Making , and Strategic
Planning . In addition, Anna Kaspirova, a Training Coordinator in Onyx, was trained in model design
for the seminar on Concerted Action to Prevent the Future from AIDS , as well as in the
organization of work with trainers and advocacy campaigns. SMEDA contributed in contact and
partnership developments between the Public Association and the Almaty NGO Equal to Equal, that
led to Onyx joining a network of Kazakh NGOs, which designed a training program on HIV and drug
prevention among youth. Within the framework of this program, 12 selected students and three
teachers were trained in Aktobe and, with Onyx facilitated 15 seminars in city schools. Seven schools,
jointly with Onyx volunteers and mass media, conducted campaigns to prevent drug dissemination
and addiction among Aktobe teens.