Our Stories

  • “No one in our family, and even in our network of friends had anything to do with felt,” says Tatyana Chuchupalova, smoothing the bright felt berets, scarves and bags laid out on a large table. “Ten years ago, my aunt attended a master class on felting by a mere chance. She showed me what she’d been taught and I fell in love with the craft at first sight. It appeared very special compared to the more common handicrafts such as knitting or sewing.”

  • Kazakhstan’s classrooms are in the frontline of the battle against global warming, with green technology helping to make schools more energy efficient while at the same time giving the pupils a memorable lesson in sustainability. "The first thing that springs to mind when you think about schools is learning and grades. But these are impossible without proper basic conditions like warmth and good light,” says Tatyana Nemtsan, head teacher of Vyacheslavskaya School, in Arnasay, Akmola Region.

  • Kazakhstan is ramping up efforts to conserve its biological diversity by creating protected zones for the flora and fauna found across its vast landmass. As the human race encroaches ever more on nature, the need for controlled, safe areas for wildlife becomes increasingly important. Working together with the Government of Kazakhstan, UNDP has been instrumental in helping establish a key reserve in the centre of the country to protect the critically-endangered saiga antelope.

  • The joint UNDP project introduced the drip irrigation system in the farmlands of more than 1,400 residents of Akmola region. More than 2,000 school children and students of the district's orphanages receive fortified food from products cultivated with usage of new technology.

  • Tatiana Kravchenko has been in charge of the public charity fund and the rehabilitation center called "Ray of Hope" for more than 15 years in the city of Karaganda. She has found her calling in helping the kids with special demands and the people with disabilities to develop, as well as in changing the attitude of others towards them.

  • The joint UNDP project introduced the drip irrigation system in the farmlands of more than 1,400 residents of Akmola region. More than 2,000 school children and students of the district's orphanages receive fortified food from products cultivated with usage of new technology.

  • A joint UNDP-GEF programme has installed new heating equipment in several schools and 13 old apartment buildings in Kazakhstan to regulate heat in an energy-efficient way.

  • Developing Responsive Public Administration

    While a number of complex public-administration reforms have been implemented, regional and local governments still have difficulty delivering on their commitments. With the support of a presidential decree, in 2011 the President’s Administration, together with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, developed a national system for public-administration assessment. It covers national and regional – or oblast -- executive bodies, capital cities, and cities of republican status.

  • How much do we know or want to know about our fellow citizens with disabilities? At the moment, over 600,000 people suffering from Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other diseases live side by side with us. If one adds their family members, the number of people exposed to disabilities, directly or indirectly, on a daily basis, grows dramatically. These people often have no chance to attend schools, get a job, have a family or realize their creative potential, since most of them are stigmatized as unteachable since childhood.

  • Ahead of the International Day of Disabled Persons (3 December) Lyazzat Kaltayeva, a leader of the NGO supporting the rights of people with disabilities, was awarded at the Asia Pacific Award of fighters for the rights of people with disabilities.

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