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KazakhstanTraining Cafe


From Clubhouse "We are different but equal!"


In Kazakhstan, Anna Kudiyarova reported on their success in transforming/moving from the Clubhouse "We are different but equal!" to the Training Cafe! ​ The Training Café, an eatery staffed by 30 individuals with mental health issues is opened in 2015 in Almaty. The project, financed by the Soros Foundation, Eurasia Foundation, is organized by the Psychoanalytic Association of Kazakhstan. Tucked into a low-rise apartment block, the eatery — with its menu offering standard Central Asian fare like noodles, dumplings and plov (meat and rice) — looks like any other eatery at the budget end of the market in the city. Yet this is a cafe with a difference. The staff, smartly kitted out in long black aprons and yellow tops, live with learning disabilities and mental disorders, groups that are largely invisible in Kazakhstan. ​

- Updates from Anna Kudiyarova