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To provide a positive change in the civil society of Kazakhstan, KFCSED has chosen two complementary trajectories:

Comprehensive Trainings for Rural Women

The issue

The lack of a paternal role in most disadvantaged families has urged rural women to enter the labor market, citing the fact of the need to generate income in order to support their families. Most rural young women often remain unemployed because of the lack of proper education required for the kind of employment of medium income. The inability to access education shuts them inside a vicious circle of poverty that affects the entire family and their communities.

Current Projects

Capacity Building of Disadvantaged Young Women and Employment Placement in the Area of Hospitality Services
Description
Comprehensive trainings for young women with low income, with a focus on employment placement
Expected Results
36 direct beneficiaries, 108 second-step beneficiaries, 432 indirect beneficiaries. We expect to employ about 50% of the students in the area of HoReCa - Hotels, Restaurants, and Catering.
Upon the completion of the project, students will attain a deeper theoretical and practical knowledge, leadership skills and the capacity to share their knowledge and experience to others. They will also hold direct contact with future employers, facilitated by meetings with representatives of the business sector. The project will positively contribute to student’s successful career development.
Supporting partners
Private companies, the Bota Foundation (Kazakhstan)
AZHAR LIVE/WORK PROGRAM
Description
The objectives of this project is to provide housing, work experience, and leadership training within the facility of Kumbel TC to young women studying in the area of Hospitality Services.
Activities
• Work experience in kitchen, housekeeping, reception • Academic support • Cultural activities • Volunteering programs • Sports activities
Results
Each year, Kumbel Training Center looks forward to provide housing to 5 students who will be empowered by the end of the academic year. It is expected that they will excell academically, professionally and personally.
Supporting partners
Private donations

Past Projects

Creating KUMBEL Vocational Training Center (2008-2012)
Description
Complementary trainings for women with low income in the area of hospitality services and employment placement
Results
Kumbel Training Center Headquarters constructed, educational program modules designed and developed by experts in the HoReCa sector and new partnerships established.
Supporting partners
FdV (Spain), FPSC (Spain)
Analysis of the Educational Quality in Public Vocational Training Centers (2010)
Description
Surveys, interviews with focus groups and a detailed research of the quality of the trainings provided to young women with low income in public educational institutions
Results
Labor demands identified in the HoReCa sector in Kazakhstan, as well as an existing gap with the educational quality in the educational institutions of the sector, concluding in the demand for complementary education that would help students’ labor insertion. It has also been identified a lack of life skills among young students coming from disadvantaged communities given by lack of motivation and guidance.
Supporting partners
Bota Foundation (Kazakhstan)

Promoting a Culture of Solidarity

The issue

After 20 years of its independence from the Soviet Union, the social structure of Kazakhstan is still severely marked by deep class divisions: the rural population perceives access to economic progress and social promotion as distant reality, while the youth from the urban areas, ignorant of the social problems lurking in other parts of the country, is educated under the standards of a modern society equivalent to that of the more developed countries.

Current Projects

Spreading a Culture on Human Rights among Students in Kazakhstan (2013-2014)
Description
Our goal is to strengthen the role of civil society in promoting Human Rights.The specific objective is to carry out a Human Rights education program for female students among different ethnics and cultural groups. Young women will become trainers and agents of social projects, making their self-esteem eventually rise and develop leadership skills, contributing to grow attitudes and behaviors that promote and uphold Human Rights. With the proposed action we expect to enhance respect for Human Rights in general, making students identify those situations where Human Rights are violated, and to design actions to address those problems.
Results
-73 students from different universities of Almaty filled in surveys as part of the selection process, from which 22 students were selected to participate in the project. A culture of Human Rights and Volunteering will be promoted within higher educational institutions.
- 22 students obtained theoretical and practical knowledge of Human Rights, Leadership skills, volunteering and Project Management.
- Project participants were divided into three groups to design and implement their own social initiatives.
- Ecology Project Among Youth: 50 beneficiaries; platform created to raise awareness; partners FLEX Alumni
- Promoting Volunteerism Among Teenagers: 26 first-step beneficiaries, 100 second-step beneficiaries; platform created to raise awareness
- Professional Orientation for Rural Schools: 100 beneficiaries
Irtysh Live/work program
Description
Irtysh Cultural Center was founded by KFCSED in Almaty on 2007 with the aim of developing cultural and educational projects for the promotion of women's role in society. Irtysh Live/Work Program offers housing to college students in a friendly atmosphere that helps them excel academically and improve in their personal development. Residents are offered tutoring as well as many opportunities to participate in academic and cultural activities held within the cultural center. They can also obtain professional experience by collaborating with the development of such activities.

Past Projects

Ayaz Ata (2010-2011)
Description
The project aimed for the social integration of disadvantaged children as well as to provide consulting to their families.
Results
96 volunteers; beneficiaries: 48 disadvantaged children and their families
Supporting partners
Irex, FLEX Alumni Grants Program, ACCELS and Soros Foundation
Volunteering Programs (2007-2010)
Description
Trainings of Trainers on civil responsibility and social initiative, and implementing social projects in different rural communities
Results
65 young volunteers; 1.760 beneficiaries from disadvantaged communitiess
Supporting partners
Sila Rozvoja (Slovakia), Fundacion Harena (Spain), UNWG NGO (Switzerland) and FISC NGO (Spain)
Women Empowerment (2005-2007)
Description
Trainings of Trainers in the areas of leadership and democracy.
Results
56 young volunteers; 1.419 final beneficiaries from rural areas
Supporting partners
European Commission (EIDHR), ICEP (Austria), Austrian Agency for Development (Austria)