The You are Not Alone charitable foundation was founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2002 to provide comprehensive assistance and support to children left without parental care. The charity’s primary goals are to promote progress among orphaned and abandoned children and to provide them with better access to comprehensive education, as well as to offer assistance in healthcare and psychological support.
Shortly after it was founded, the Foundation devoted five months to a thorough review of all orphanages throughout the country with the aim of devising an action plan to improve the social protection of orphaned and abandoned children. The 2003 review results revealed that the living standards in many of the country’s orphanages were below par; the nutritional requirements set by the Ministry of Health were grossly violated owing to cases of embezzlement by orphanage staff; children were not getting sufficient opportunities for their development and education; the premises of many orphanages were in a state of disrepair.
Based on these findings, the Foundation launched nationwide reforms to improve the situation in Mercy Homes (orphanages) and create conditions close to the home environment. A major focus has been on promoting education for children left without parental care, as well as ensuring food served in orphanages is in strict compliance with nutritional requirements for young people.
With financial backing from the Foundation, a number of orphanages across the country have been renovated, refurbished and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including sports areas, playgrounds, swimming pools and medical units.
The Foundation has also overseen major relocation projects for Tashkent Mercy Home No. 23 and Samarkand Mercy Home No. 6, thanks to which these two orphanages now enjoy brand new premises built and furnished by the You are Not Alone Foundation.
For 13 years now, the You are Not Alone Foundation has played a leading role in promoting the rights and interests of children left without parental care as well as children with disabilities, raising the profile of these issues in government policy. One of the Foundation’s primary goals is to address childhood problems arising from lack of parental care and love and protect the rights and legal interests of children in need, as well as helping families in need of public support.
Through promoting better education at the country’s orphanages, the Foundation strives to prepare children for independent life, encouraging them to become self-reliant, confident and emotionally stable young adults.
At present, about 2,200 children are brought up in Mercy Homes nationwide. An important part of our charity’s work is to provide them with books, text books, equipment, school supplies, computers and clothing.
In partnership with the National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children (NCSAC), the You are Not Alone charitable foundation also provides medical, educational and financial assistance to disabled children and children from disadvantaged families, as well as to gifted children who have insufficient opportunities for development.