Novi Ritm's social coffee shop

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About Novi Ritm's social coffee shop

Dear friends who support social development of youth, we would like to get your attention!

Novi Ritm - a local youth led feminist organization (Osh, Kyrgyzstan) together with its members and volunteers initiated the first social coffee shop in the city last April. The coffee shop is a platform for everyone, people are welcomed regardless of their gender, nationality, ethnic background, religion, language, skin color, weight, age, social status and differences in opinions & values.  

Learn more about Novi Ritm: http://noviritm.org/

The main idea behind a social coffee shop is to decrease discrimination among youth in the Southern part of the country through informal initiatives that promote tolerance and solidarity.  Thus, for several months, the social coffee shop has been a place for healthy and nice leisure. We have interesting and non-formal events like board games, quizzes, poetry and music evenings, yoga sessions, talks about human rights, feminism & environment, motivational meetings with well-known people who are also trying to change the society for better. The coffee shop also hosts trainings and workshops of various formats. For our visitors, drinking coffee and tea is just a good occasion for meetings, discussions of ideas, exchanging of views on everything that is possible & learning/discovering something new.

All of the above events are initiated and conducted by local youth themselves - volunteers and members of our organization, or simply those who are interested in the non-formal education of youth and children. Initially, our coffee shop is supposed to create an opportunity for young people to finance their initiatives through the proceeds from the sale of coffee, tea, and snacks (and some paid events). But due to the lack of a coffee consuming culture or people's interest in supporting socially significant initiatives at the local level, we are now risking to close the platform. But the risk can be prevented/managed, we can do it with your support.

How? What could you do?

You could simply become part of our crowdfunding campaign, the purpose of which is to support the social coffee shop by organizing a series of paid events in which you could take part and contribute to the financial stability of the coffee shop.
In order to learn about the events, follow us on Facebook:https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1850409901904498&ref=content_filter

What else could you do if you cannot attend the events?

You could borrow a book from the coffee shop library instead of buying a new one and/or you can use the second-hand store located in our office. Thus, you also make a contribution to the environment.
Learn more: 
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=241873...

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=225964...
(Note: The posts are in Russian but there is a possibility to translate it)

OR you can donate money through this platform and if you want, you can also indicate which event you would like to see in the coffee shop. The amount does not matter. 

All the money we receive will be directed to the further work of the coffee shop as a platform for youth initiatives (electricity, the salary of the waiter, barista and PR manager, the purchase of the necessary ingredients for the preparation of coffee, tea, and some snacks).

Friends, we rely on you and, of course, we will be grateful for any support from your side!



With solidarity,

Novi Ritm Team

P.S. This is a temporary solution to the expected problem, we will also look for other options. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, we will be glad to hear them.
You can contact us through our e-mail address or other social channels as a Facebook page, for example.
P.P.S. There is an interesting article about our coffee shop. Please follow the link to read it: https://centralasien.org/2019/07/17/positive-changes-through-social-coffee-shop-in-osh/

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