Almaty (Agenzia Fides) - "Summer, at the Ark Village, represents a privileged time for the care of the entire structure. The renovation activities began at the end of May, when the 'Almaty Marathon' foundation created a new sports area for our children, replacing the old and shabby pitch. In this period, however, we are dedicating ourselves to the maintenance of the lighting and water systems. We are also carrying out modernization work on the stables and the last remaining building of the previous Soviet structure, which we will transform into a kitchen: the idea is to dedicate that space to a production of food and ready meals. This would help us raise funds, using what we produce in our garden, but, above all, it would give our children the opportunity to attend a real cooking school.
In order to promote the project, we decided to create video-recipes to be disseminated on digital channels". This is what Fr. Guido Trezzani, a missionary in the community of the "Ark Village" in Talgar, near Almaty, tells Fides. Founded on June 1, 2000, the Village hosts about 45 children, orphans or with families at risk behind them, and about thirty have physical and mental handicaps.
In addition to the maintenance works, Fr. Trezzani says, there will be moments of leisure, combined with moments of human and spiritual growth:
"For their summer holidays this year, the children will be divided into groups, in different places and on various dates. We will try to combine the proposals received from friends, the wishes expressed by children and young people, and also the economic possibilities". Among the initiatives in which the guests of the Village were able to participate, the recent visit to a farm, organized by the Hungarian Consulate: "For the children, working in the fields is not new for them. But it had a particular meaning, for them, to see those who make agriculture a profession, and above all a profession they are passionate about. Even a happy outing can be a good opportunity to learn new things, which serve to broaden the horizons of life. This is certainly one of the forms of help that we prefer, because it does not respond only to an immediate material need, but looks to the future of the children, whom we accompany to the Village", concludes Fr. Trezzani. (LF) (Agenzia Fides, 9/7/2022)