A third international volunteer camp was organised in the Sairam district during late June and early July 2018. The motto of the camp was “Love Everyone, Serve Everyone.” More than 185 volunteers from 12 countries including doctors, medical specialists, interpreters, builders, teachers and psychologists rendered selfless service to the residents of the district. Medical services were provided to over 4,700 people, including more than 2,500 women and 870 children. More than 950 pairs of eyeglasses were distributed to needy residents in the villages. Medical specialists from England, USA, Germany, Kazakhstan and Russia participated in an International Medical Conference organised as part of the camp for the first time. The conference aroused much interest among local medical professionals.
The volunteers distributed 250 grocery bags containing rice, buckwheat, peas, pasta, sugar, vegetable oil, black tea, biscuits and halva to needy families in the villages. In addition, four wheelchairs and a laptop computer were distributed to people who had been severely injured in accidents. For six days, teachers in the group conducted a “School of Joy,” offering classes and creative workshops as well as competitions with a focus on human values for the local children. The purpose of the competitions was to teach the children to love their native land, make them aware of ecology and help and encourage talented students with valuable prizes and memorable gifts. At the conclusion, the local people, including the children, thanked the volunteer teachers, showered them with fragrant rose petals mixed with golden sparkles and presented them with a large cake inscribed with the words School of Joy. Volunteers along with soloists from the local House of Culture presented a delightful concert on the last day of the camp.