The motto of our organization is ‘Every child is a star! Help them shine’.This motto has brought great changes into my life too.
Before, I was not able to talk openly to my parents.
I wanted to share my thoughts with them, like what happened at school, conflicts. However, I was ashamed to do so. A psychologist Lyazzat Saulebekkyzy had held courses since 2015 and explained that sharing one’s problems with someone is important. At that moment I realized that I needed my mother’s support more than my friends’.
My counseling psychologist invited my mother to have a conversation. Since then, relationships between us started improving. Having such an experience, I decided to help others.
In our school in 2010 there was created an organization ‘Zhas Oren’ to heighten children’s interest in studies. The organization has worked since 2015 to care about children’s bodily and mental health in a new format. I was the leader of ‘Zhas Oren’ and actively participated in the organization work. We try to support, listen to the problems of teens, offer counseling services, bring talents to life, and attract youth to do social activities within our work with peers. Arguments among children, bullying of children from unfavorable families by the children from rich families, requiring money, problems with parents will be demonstrated through interacts. The students who joined ‘Zhas Oren’ take part in organization works. The interact’s scenario is developed by the head of the community centre and a psychologist. Such plays make children and their parents realize their mistakes and look at problems from a different perspective.
This year I have worked as a reporter at ‘Zhas Oren’. I might say we have achieved significant results. We started pages on such networking sites as YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. The project was shown within the ‘Elden khabar’ programme on Kazakhstan national channel. Since that moment, residents have started to pay attention to the activities of ‘Zhas Oren’. Parents didn’t use to be interested in the organization. However, they have noticed the influence of ‘Zhas Oren’ on the children and started taking interest in it. We had parents that said: ‘I didn’t know that my child had had such a talent. He never showed it’, ‘I have learned there are acting classes’. There are also people who express their gratitude to ‘Zhas Oren’ and a psychologist for helping their children to solve their problems.
Text: Dinara Tleubek
Photo: Kamila Yerzhan