Kazakhstan | In action since 2014
With the goal of empowering individuals with special needs, students at Pavlodar State University developed a training program to fill the skills gap for their beneficiaries while helping them assess their talents and interests. The Enactus team partnered with Samal Adaption Center to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing this group, then leveraged their expertise to come up with a plan. They decided on a summer camp format where participants took part in lessons and workshops in addition to personal assessment sessions. The first camp engaged 60 individuals and the experience was fulfilling for participants and students alike. Since then, two participants have successful enrolled in university, two more have found meaningful employment and another has opened his own printing business.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Winning a significant cash prize after we presented our projects at a regional competition
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Lack of funding for our projects
How they're preparing for the WC:
We are reviewing past World Cup presentations and making updates to our script and video, while holding practice sessions for our presenters
They're most excited about:
The chance to meet new people, learn about different cultures, share the results of our work while learning about other teams’ projects, all while being inspired to develop new initiatives at home
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Shortly after starting her university career, Anel started looking for something to do on campus in addition to her studies. While exploring different clubs and groups, she discovered Enactus and was immediately drawn to the opportunity it provides to develop other people. Serving as Vice President of Finance, she worked hard this year to actively participate in projects and enjoyed tackling issues as a team. At World Cup, she’s looking forward to making new friends, having new experiences, and leaving with new ideas to improve lives at home.
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A universal challenge for Enactus teams is securing the resources needed to put big plans into action. Adil, after only a year of involvement, decided to tackle this challenge head on and was successful in securing two million Tenge (nearly $6,000 USD) for his team this summer, which they will use for World Cup and their projects. This Translation Studies major, who serves as Vice President of Projects, is looking forward to the team’s trip to Toronto, especially the chance to meet people from all over the world.
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