Kazakh capital residents help each other during coronavirus quarantine
Since the beginning of the current global pandemic, more than 3,000 residents of Nur-Sultan have undertaken the 'do good deeds' mission. Since March, thousands of people came to the Youth Policy Department of Nur-Sultan with a desire to become volunteers, said the Head of the Department Daulet Karibek in an interview to a Kazakh TV correspondent. He added that the volunteers didn't take any money for their work, on the contrary, they even put their own hard-earned money when needed.
"Until May 11, volunteers actively helped at distributing grocery baskets and were on duty at checkpoints together with police officers. A group of volunteers provided assistance to the elderly population. They would go to the store for them and brought them necessary products since it was dangerous for the elderly to go out. We didn't even pay the volunteers for gas. There are different kinds of volunteers: volunteer car drivers who bring food home, volunteer navigators who sit next to them and help deliver food and essential products, and volunteer packers. They all came to help. They want to do good deeds," Karibek said.
He said that to date, nearly 50 volunteers are on duty in in-patient establishments, in the former hotel of the Kazakh capital 'Ramada Plaza'. Mainly, they are future medical specialists who are now students of the Astana Medical University. Nearly 260 more volunteers from the medical school are getting ready to help fight coronavirus on the frontline.
"They volunteered themselves. They want to work together with our doctors in hospitals. They are undergoing trainings in clinics and soon will gradually start working," Karibek shared.
There are also philanthropists among the volunteers. The 'Gentlemen's club' provided nearly 300 grocery baskets. Karibek believes that corporate volunteering is starting to develop in Kazakhstan.
People who are currently having difficult life circumstances themselves are trying to provide help as well. Those who received support from volunteers often try to do something nice in return, what is in their powers, in order to thank volunteers for help.
"Once we came to one elderly woman with help. Although she didn't have much food at home, she cooked for us a 'Nauryz Kozhe' (Kazakh traditional dish) when we came. This was her way of expressing gratitude to volunteers. In Ilyinka village, one elderly woman prepared medical masks for us when there was a great shortage of them. There were many people who sewed masks at home and brought them to volunteers. There was a case when our volunteers were presented with hand-made 'tumars' (Kazakh traditional charm). They give feedback when you help them. People are very kind. Later, they write and ask volunteers how they are doing hoping they haven't gotten sick," Karibek said.
Every day, more and more people in Nur-Sultan are trying to help when someone else is experiencing difficult life situations, Karibek concluded. Those who are planning to join the volunteers can contact the Youth Policy Department. They can do so via Instagram by contacting @daulet_karibek or @ns_jastary accounts. New volunteers are always welcome there.