Charity Uses Art to Improve Lives of Children with Disabilities

CharityASTANA – The Believe in Wonder charity fund and the Astana Department of Education, in cooperation with the Khan Shatyr Mall, held an event on April 19 to raise awareness about children with disabilities.

The event is called My World is Behind the Window and involves sending 26 teachers from the city’s department of education to the homes of children with disabilities to teach them to paint free of charge.

Children with infantile cerebral paralysis, mental deficiencies and birth defects of the central nervous system often study at home and see other children and life through their windows. So the campaign brings the activity to the children. “Painting is a good remedy,” say the campaign’s organisers.

A concert of young singers from Astana was also held on April 19 at the Khan Shatyr Mall as part of the campaign. The concert was hosted by Syrym Kashkarbayev. Channel Seven reporter Arystan Baltin and Astana-TV reporter Ravil Omarov also helped publicise the campaign.

The campaign was organised by Zhanna Tuyakbayeva, head of Believe in Wonder, and Aida Aktanova, the group’s vice-president.

Believe in Wonder helps disabled children feel that they are not alone in this world and its work is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the General Assembly in 1982. The convention states that a mentally or physically disabled child should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions that ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the child’s active participation in society.