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Andrei Zaporenko
Andrei Zaporenko

Andrei Alekseevich Zaporenko, 14 years old. I am fond of electronics, mechanics, equipment architecture and functionality. I study at the secondary school at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University. I am a …

Andrei Zaporenko
Andrei Zaporenko
Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

Andrei Alekseevich Zaporenko, 14 years old. I am fond of electronics, mechanics, equipment architecture and functionality. I study at the secondary school at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University. I am a 7th grade student.

I have a lot of free time and a like to help others. That is why I have decided to become a volunteer. I have heard that many Hesed clients want to study computer literacy but there is no PC tutor. I offered my services and give computer literacy classes 2 times a week. I wrote a curriculum and started teaching in November, 2016.

I believe that volunteering is all about helping others.

I have initiated the project called ProOldUse for the elder – electronic devices initiation course (PC, smartphone, tablet, reader). I enjoy volunteering very much, and I see that my students are very happy. I see their joy because someone cares about them, because they get knowledge and basic skills which allow them to use modern technologies and feel self-confident. You know what I mean.

I wish our Volunteer Center to have more volunteers. Besides, I have some ideas how to advance my project. I enjoy volunteering, and I am very happy to have gained experience and had some practice.

Veronica Menermanova
Veronica Menermanova

My name is Veronica. I am 14 years old. I am an 8th grade student at the Jewish school of Bishkek. My hobby is music. I can sing, play the …

Veronica Menermanova
Veronica Menermanova
Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

My name is Veronica. I am 14 years old. I am an 8th grade student at the Jewish school of Bishkek. My hobby is music. I can sing, play the guitar and the piano. Besides, I like reading and learning foreign languages.

All my life, even as a child, I have enjoyed helping others.

Then I started asking myself how I can help not only my family and friends but also other people. I got the answer to my question three years ago, when I first came to Hesed Tikva Jewish Charitable Fund. First, I went to the summer camp as a beneficiary. It was so much fun! I enjoyed every minute of it. We combined games and various fun activities with lectures on Jewish history and traditions. Then I found out that I can become a volunteer, and I decided that that was exactly what I wanted. So, I started volunteering in all kind of projects. My first volunteer experience was on the Victory Day. I took part in the concert organized for World War II veterans – our Jewish Community members. A year later, I was giving music classes at the summer camp. I also run the project called Happy Birthday to You, Dear Friend! In general, I try to take an active part in all the projects.

I would like to resume why I have decided to become a volunteer: I want to make people, at least, a little bit happier. I believe that your attitude and vision is more important that the scale of the project. Sometimes, it is enough to call a person to make his or her day!

To conclude, I want to say that I am very happy to be part of this wonderful team, and I want to do more.

Victoria Nixdorf
Victoria Nixdorf

My name is Victoria. I am 37 years old. I have three children. I have got a degree in medicine and I am a lifelong learner. I have recently returned …

Victoria Nixdorf
Victoria Nixdorf
Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

My name is Victoria. I am 37 years old. I have three children. I have got a degree in medicine and I am a lifelong learner. I have recently returned from Moscow where I attended extension courses in immunohistochemistry.

I like to take a nap, have a cup of coffee, take pictures, travel, do some needlework.

My first experience as a volunteer was in 1997 when we were packing food and hygiene kits. After that, I participated in all charity events and other activities carried out in our Jewish Community. I can talk about that for hours.

I have noticed that there are 2 types of volunteers: active and passive ones. I belong to the second group. I never come up with new ideas, I only do what I am told to do. But whenever my help is needed, I am always there.

Volunteer activities have become very popular nowadays, and I always take pictures in the Jewish Community Center. I have even held an exhibition of family photos within the framework of the project called Family Memories Are Jewish Community Memories.

Within the framework of the charity event dedicated to the International Children’s Day, I gave master classes to children and we sewed puppets for the show which was performed in the orphanage. My eldest daughter Margo helped me give a master class in body art at Purim Fair.

Besides, I am a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

And I am always eager to help others

GALINA GANKINA
GALINA GANKINA

I am a member of  “Golden Age” club for a long time and often I visit communal actions and at one of the meetings, I offered my help in the …

GALINA GANKINA
GALINA GANKINA
Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

I am a member of  “Golden Age” club for a long time and often I visit communal actions and at one of the meetings, I offered my help in the library. So, for three years already, I help the readers here, I look after the books, I have a special attitude towards them. The first thing that you have thought, it is likely, that I have  much  free time because I am on pension. But it is wrong. I have many household duties and they require much time. But I decided that several times a week till  lunchtime I can spend at Hesed because here I communicate with the people and I help to keep the library in an order. And I have one more answer to the question “why”, Hesed helps me, and I want to help with something in reply. I think that volunteering gives the chance to be necessary and significant, gives the chance to distract and apply your knowledge in that area which is closer to you in the spirit.

ZAKHAR GORODNITSKY
ZAKHAR GORODNITSKY

I am in the communal center since 5 years, I have been brought by my grandmother into the summer camp. It is possible to say that I have grown here. …

ZAKHAR GORODNITSKY
ZAKHAR GORODNITSKY
Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

I am in the communal center since 5 years, I have been brought by my grandmother into the summer camp. It is possible to say that I have grown here. Last summer I was the President of the group of 30 people for three days. For the first time I have created the world in which for everyone there is the place and occupation. Probably, after that I have understood for myself the structure of the state, who is responsible for and as the world is arranged. That there are people as my grandmother, who need special attention. And that I can change something to the best and in this, the real world. Let it is not global, but where I am, it is necessary. And with the volunteering as the concept, I have got acquainted recently, before, I thought that  I do just what I  have to do. I consider that volunteering is actual today because people  have different problems, which they cannot solve at the level of the state and social services. Here we appear!

VITALINA VILDANOVA
VITALINA VILDANOVA

I am Vitalina. I study in a gymnasium with the intensive English studies. The story of my appearance in the communal center begins with the fact that one  Sunday, my …

VITALINA VILDANOVA
VITALINA VILDANOVA
Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

I am Vitalina. I study in a gymnasium with the intensive English studies. The story of my appearance in the communal center begins with the fact that one  Sunday, my grandmother has returned from the center and told why don’t you visit the center, there are a lot of same children there and there are different programs. We have come to drama school. After drama school,  I began to attend the youth club. Here, I watched everything that there happened during many years, I studied  miscellaneous things, for example, I was attracted by the work of  Madrikh. Then I saw that there are madrikhs-volunteers. And when I grew older, I decided to be the volunteer, too. The first steps in this direction I have taken, carrying  out  in the camp the classes about the traditions in groups of my age. I like to help both adults and children. I like to give to the people pleasure and happiness. I get pleasure when I see their smiles. Each person is an individuality, and in each person there are force, creativity, kindness and warm-heartedness. The most important thing is to start up these resources to the necessary route. And, I think that I am on the right track. Volunteering gives the chance to grow and develop morally, and also it is possible to realize the ideas and to see the result. To receive the skills and experience not according to the training program, but at your own will.

 

ELENA PERELMAN
ELENA PERELMAN

My name is Lena, I have three children, all the members of my family are the active participants of the actions and volunteer programs of our center. The eldest daughter …

ELENA PERELMAN
ELENA PERELMAN
Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

My name is Lena, I have three children, all the members of my family are the active participants of the actions and volunteer programs of our center. The eldest daughter has been always employed in the communal center. Once she came home and told that it is necessary to sew a doll for Purimsky play. My volunteer activity has begun from this moment. It is possible to say so, with the help of my daughter I became the volunteer and I have attracted my husband, too. Now, I, with my children, supervise the lonely grandmother. The life of the other person can be made more interesting and more joyful not only with the supporting him financially. Pure, open communication, kindness and cheerfulness are capable to lighten the mood and to give the hope! I don’t grudge my time, or forces, and again I am convinced to think that giving something, you receive in exchange much more!

 

MARGARITA KUZNETSOVA
MARGARITA KUZNETSOVA

Margarita is the active participant and the leader of the educational programs. She is a person, extraordinary talented in applied art  – “clever fingers”. She is creative in the development …

MARGARITA KUZNETSOVA
MARGARITA KUZNETSOVA
Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

Margarita is the active participant and the leader of the educational programs. She is a person, extraordinary talented in applied art  – “clever fingers”. She is creative in the development of the actions and occupations for any age. Her opinion about the  volunteering is the following: “Volunteering is a real and available method to change something around yourself. Not to sit and complain, but to change, create, enhance and develop. To make boring and daily things interesting and entertaining. If there is an opportunity to help – it is necessary to take it …”