In June the Center hosted the first Information Club for NGOs and initiative groups   a new 
activity for the Center, seeking to foster an open exchange of information among NGOs, initiative 
groups and international organizations. 
    
The first issue of the volunteers' handbook was distributed to NGOs. 
    
A meeting with the international NGO Global, Hope, Network was conducted for local NGOs and 
initiative groups. 
    
The manager of the Ashgabad CSSC conducted, as a lead trainer, the following trainings: PCA for 
Counterpart's MCH program and a TOT on NGO & Community. 
    
The Center organized a one day training for NGOs and initiative groups on  Journalism for 
NGOs , conducted by the Turkmen Association of Journalists Shamchyrag. 
    
In May the Center hosted a roundtable on  The role of ecological NGOs in the development 
education process for children . Participants included teachers of Ashkhabad's schools, 
internationals donors, media representatives, and ecological NGOs and the roundtable was 
facilitated by the local NGO Rif. 
Internal Capacity Building  
    
In June, CSSC staff participated in a three day network development meeting which included the 
mini training on Advance Fundraising and Strategic Planning.  
    
The Ashgabad CSSC Manager monitored projects implemented by Family, Mercy, Health. 
    
The Center recruited four new volunteers to work with NGOs and initiative groups on a daily 
basis. The total number of volunteers during reporting period increased to18 people. 
    
Four volunteers participated on the half day trainings in Journalism for NGOs and Team Building 
and Conflict Resolution. 
    
The Center's Assistant participated in the Fundraising and Efficient Governance trainings. 
    
The Ashgabad CSSC Manager participated in the following training courses offered through the 
USAID funded Central Asia Natural Resources Management Project (NRMP) in Tashkent 
(Uzbekistan):  Public Service Announcement (PSA) Development  and  NGOs Role in Public 
Awareness Formation On Natural Resources Managements Issues.  
    
The Center's Manager participated in the workshop  Social Partnership Mechanism of 
cooperation and International Experience  conducted by ICNL in cooperation with Counterpart 
Consortium and USAID/International Project of Education for Development (GLOBAL).  
2. Lebap CSSC 
Activity Overview 
    
Consultations were proivided to 80 NGOs and initiatives groups on NGO management, proposal 
development, partnership building, and community development issues.  
    
The Lebap CSSC conducted regular monitoring visits of Etbash's CAG project. The Manager also 
had a coordinating meeting with community members, representatives of the Atamyrat etrap 
educational department, and the Khakimlik representative. 
    
The Center helped organize the Social Partnership training conducted by ICNL on May 31, 2002, 
in Turkmenabat. 
    
Anjela Bekjanova, Head of Local Initiative Grant Commission of US Embassy in Turkmenistan 
visited the Lebap Support Center on the 27
th
 through 28
th
 of May, 2002. During the meetings with 
Lebap CSSC staff and Lebap NGOs Ms. Bekjanova presented their program for Small Grant 
Applications through the US Embassy and provided consultations to NGOs applying for grants to 
the US Embassy.  
    
Bradford Camp, USAID Country Representative and Jessika Lampen, US Department of State 
Progam Coordinator met with the Center and Lebap NGOs to discuss their work with refugees. 
Internal Capacity Building  
    
Mars Khasanov, Manager of Lebap CSSC, left Counterpart and Nargiza Meylieva was promoted 
to this position.  
    
Arslan Jumaev was hired in June as Lebap CSSC assistant.  
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