Thursday, July 05, 2007

Charity Begins at Home

Charity Begins at Home: "A new initiative to develop the charity sector in Kyrgyzstan will need government backing and laws that make it easier for people to donate money.

On July 2, an initiative group announced a new project to encourage people in Kyrgyzstan to make charitable donations or volunteer their services.

One of the plan’s originators and backers is Askar Salymbekov, a member of parliament and a well-know philanthropist. He says the idea is to make charity and philanthropy part of the mainstream and encourage businessmen to get involved.

“This is being done to attract more businessmen and entrepreneurs to the movement and to ensure that people who give to charity enjoy respect,” said Salymbekov.

Philanthropy is not a new concept for Kyrgyzstan, but benefactors prefer to help people individually, and most private donations are given informally, avoiding charitable organisations."

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