In November of 2002, a group was formed by adoptive families that adopted from Taldy-Korgan, Kazakhstan – if you have adopted or are in the process of adopting from Taldy-Korgan – please join them —– http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Taldykorganadoption/
Taldy-Korgan is a southeastern city of Kazakhstan and was founded in the second half of the 19th century. Food products, construction materials and diverse light industries predominate. Three parks exist in the city, the largest of which half encircles the city, industrial and agricultural colleges, and a medical school.
In July of 2005 – World Partners Adoption agency built a playground – for pictures visit here: http://www.worldpartnersadoption.org/playgroundpics5.html
In February of 2002, a group was formed by adoptive families that adopted from Zhezkazgan – if you have adopted or are in the process of adopting from this city – please join them at —- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zhezkazgan_adoption/
This city was created in 1938 and had rich local copper deposits. A large mining complex was built in 1973 to smelt the copper. Various spelling of the city’s name are: Dzezkazgan, Zezkazgan, Zhezqazghan, Zhezkazgan.
If you’d like to read about Jessica, a Peace Corp Volunteer in Zhezkazgan – please visit:
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/asianjess/kazakhstan-2005/1168991100/tpod.html – her entries start in March of 2005 and on January 15th, 2007, she talks of extending her time there and staying to do an English camp in the summer – I’ve included a snippet of her blog – that I found interesting since my daughter just married and thought it was interesting to read about wedding traditions in Kazakhstan – hope you log on to read the rest!
December was a really busy month. I started it off by being a maid of honor at the wedding of my friend Sue in Kockshetau, a city north of here. She is a volunteer in my group and she married a Russian man named Yura. It was a lot of fun and interesting since things are done differently then at home. The event lasted 2 days. The first day her husband had to play games and answer questions to get to where she was. He had to “buy” her friends and relatives along the way. He paid with chocolate and small gifts. Then we went to Zaks. That is like our courthouse but it is only for weddings. It was quick and painless. From there we proceeded to drive around and take photos around town. The driving around and honking your horn is a wedding tradition. Finally we arrived at the restaurant about three. They had many different Russian traditions that all volunteers got to take part in. I was busy playing games with the best man and trying to keep up with Sue’s relatives calling from America. Day two was more relaxed, with games and eating. I had to work with the best man to sell spoons for the soup. Sue and Yura were helping the waitresses pass out the soup. The roles were reversed and they were helping make the guests happy. The four of us were wearing aprons for the whole day. All in all it was a great time.