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Almaty, 24-25 January 2002

  The regular meeting of Kazakhstani Hesed Directors was a kind of "summary report" to a greater extent. It was caused both the time of the seminar - the beginning of the year, the time to sum up last year and the barest necessity to share experience of developing Hesed Programs.

  In 2001 3 new Jewish Homes were established in Kazakhstan; and one more was established in January 2002. Now the total number of Centers working in Kazakhstan is 12. Young Heseds are developing basic Welfare and Community programs and got into gear completely. At the same time they have already been confronted by difficulties. Experienced directors could suggest some solution of problems even though conditions in different regions are different. A new system of presentation every Hesed was probated in order to give a chance to every representative to introduce his organization.

  Directors told about the history of establishing their Heseds, their development and activity in 2001, cited some statistical data. They accompanied their reports with diagrams and photos to give an idea about activity of Welfare centers. The directors shared their success and problems, their plans and new projects. Every presentation became a discussion of common problems of all the regions. Yael Kalcheim Coordinator of Welfare programs and Max Wiesel JDC Coordinator in Transcaucasia and Central Asia (both coordinators are from Jerusalem) took an active part in it.

  The psychological aspect of activity of Welfare Leader is very important, therefore the students were listening to the lecture read by psychologist Irina Zaltsman with a great interest; and after it they discussed the ways of practical application of given theoretical knowledge. The participants gave a lot of examples showing the importance of individual approach to every client and discussed them with the professional psychologist.

  The seminar showed appreciable progress in development of Welfare Centers in Kazakhstan. Hesed Directors considered many important questions together with the regional coordinators, and many problems were solved. During the review of the seminar Max Wiesel Joint Coordinator and the President of "Mitsva" Association Alexander Baron assessed it as a highly productive.

From the left to the right: Natalya Dorman, Yael Kalcheim, Max Wiesel, Anatoliy Itkin
Yael Kalcheim Coordinator of Welfare programs and Max Wiesel JDC Coordinator in Transcaucasia and Central Asia (both coordinators are from Joint) took an active part in the seminar
Presentation of Hesed Sarah, Aktobe City
Director of Aktobe Hesed "Sarah" Yelena Untenko is presenting her Hesed's work
Discussion of financial accounting
The Chief Accountant of Kazakhstani Heseds Yanna Papanova is working with the directors
Bella Kamenetskaya - Director of Hesed Miriam 
Bella Kamenetskaya is the director of one of the biggest Heseds in Kazakhstan - Hesed Miriam (Karaganda City)
Photos by Galina Chelokhsayeva
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