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26 January - 28 January 2004, Almaty

  Seminar-debate for Kazakhstan Hesed and JCC directors. As usually in the beginning of the year, its aim was to sum up the results of 2003 and work out a plan for future.

  The seminar lasted for three days. 22 representatives of 14 cities came to participate in it. The seminar was headed by the Hesed "Polina" director Natalya Dorman.

  During the meeting the community leaders discussed their everyday problems and difficulties. Most of them were solved together. Experienced directors shared their skills with newcomers.

  Special consideration was given to the development of a new children's program "Etgar". It is meant for social protection of children and their parents. "Etgar" is a welfare program that will provide social and medical assistance to children and teenagers under 16 years old.

  The heads of the Hesed "Polina" program also participated in the debates. For example, Kazakhstan auditor Valery Berkman shared his view on the city development problems and perspectives of Hesed on Wheels program. The chief accountant Yanna Papanova informed on the changes the Hesed budget and reporting procedures. The head of information department Galina Chelokhsayeva offered to analyze 2003 statistical report of the "Mitsva" member organization's activities. Thus, the leaders had an opportunity to look at their work in the community form the outside.

  The directors have returned home to apply the gained knowledge in practice.

Galina Goldberg

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