MASP, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is a local organization of committed young Kazakhs who are working for a better society through education, rehabilitation and employment services for the most vulnerable.
Meet Anar. She is 24 years old and has cerebral palsy which affects her legs. Anar lost her mother when she was just a child and spent most of her time at home feeling very alone. Her hobby was knitting which she taught herself using the Internet.
In July 2016, she started to visit MASP. There she met other youth with disabilities and began attending sewing and felting classes organized by MASP. Now she works as a seamstress and produces handicrafts which are sold at charity bazaars. Her dream is to go to college and become a women’s clothing designer.
“I became more independent and positive since joining the program,” Anar explained. She now rents a small room in a nearby dormitory and has learned to live on her own with her own earnings. “I want to tell other disabled young people not to give up and to follow your dreams.”