ASTANA -- Kazakhstan is implementing 14 projects worth 163 million KZT ($490,000) aimed at protecting the rights and interests of minors, according to Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society Nurlan Yermekbayev, Kazinform reported Monday (November 20).
Yermekbayev made his remarks at an international conference in Astana Monday-Tuesday (November 21) marking Universal Children's Day. Those in attendance included lawmakers, foreign and domestic officials, international analysts and representatives from youth organisations and NGOs.
"It is just the beginning of major efforts," Yermekbayev said. "I think all our children and adolescents will be fully provided with due care if at least 10% of the 13,000 NGOs operating in the country work to protect the rights and interests of children."
The projects include a 24-hour support helpline for children -- "111" -- and a consulting and educational centre, according to Yermekbayev.
Seven NGOs jointly established a mini-network of social services to provide alternative programmes for juvenile delinquents, he added.
The projects serve more than 65,000 children and adolescents, said the minister.