We are encouraged by reports from Kazakhstan that members of our Alcoholism Support Group who have been attending for some time are now taking turns in leading the groups themselves, under supervision, and our groups have now expanded from one meeting a week to two, with more people attending and some attending twice in the week.
‘A tangible need, a tangible solution’
Alcoholism is a wide reaching problem in Kazakhstan and the government only provides short term medical advice, leaving the essential long term support to aid organisations such as ours. The fact that our team leader David has not personally struggled with alcoholism himself has in the past sometimes been a hindrance in convincing new members that the programme can help them .
Seeing members of the group step up to lead is a positive sign of their own real, personal growth as well as being a great endorsement of the programme to new members.
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” (Nelson Mandela)