Up and Running...or Growing
Greetings from the Salem Social Village in Shymkent, Kazakhstan and welcome to the first edition of Village Leaf! If youâ€™ve never heard of us, donâ€™t worry â€“ weâ€™ve only been using our new name for a couple of months, but weâ€™re building on a long history of projects here. Previously, we were Crossroads Central Asia, but when CCA closed in April the leadership was passed from one family to another, and the Social Village was born â€“ or maybe that should be planted.
So whatâ€™s a Social Village? Well, our vision is to be a place where Global Citizens grow through learning and serving together. We will explain more about what we mean by â€˜Global Citizensâ€™ next time, but essentially we want to help deal with the problems facing Central Asia through long-term investment in the next generation of leaders, teaching them how they can live to give rather than get, serving rather than side-lining those in need.
We have lots to tell you about all that weâ€™re doing here â€“ and weâ€™ll introduce you to some of our projects and people over the next few months.
We have five main departments:
Education â€“ equipping students to discover their role in the world through teaching high quality English courses, including Leadership classes.
Life Xperience â€“ raising empathy and understanding of global need through simulations and experiential learning.
Community Care â€“ caring for the needy and helping those ignored by society, whilst teaching others to care about them too.
Shipping â€“ distributing quality donated goods, which we continue to receive from Crossroads in Hong Kong, to organisations across Central Asia.
CafÃ© â€“ the social hub of the village, where compassionate community is built, assisted by delicious coffees and cakes.
Look out for the next Village Leaf
to read more about some of our
exciting new developments!