People with disabilities gain new skills in Kazakhstan

Nastya Murzabekova gets a lift to the Centre for Independent Living
Nastya Murzabekova is being taken to the 'Preodoleniye' Centre for Independent Living. Now she believes that she, too, can live a full life.

For years, Nastya Murzabekova didn’t leave her ninth-floor apartment. For months, she sat by a windowsill, cared for by her mother. Confined to a wheelchair and without the use of her legs, she was often overcome by feelings of helplessness.

 

Like Murzabekova, 570,000 people in Kazakhstan face physical or mental disabilities. Without proper support, they have no opportunity to attend school, get a job or have a family.

 

Dyusengali and Aruna Ospanov are working to change that. In 2012, they established the Predoleniye Centre for Independent Living in the city of Kostanay. The Centre provides life skills and hope for 20 people under a programme supported by UNDP and the Ministry of Labour.

 

Dyusengali and Aruna Ospanov, the founders of the