Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva's foundation builds new Mercy Home in Samarkand

05 May 2015

The new premises of Mercy Home No. 6, which were built by the You are Not Alone Foundation, have opened in Samarkand. The opening event was attended by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva and her husband Timur Tillyaev.

The orphanage – home to over 100 children – was founded in 1943 during the Second World War and was originally housed in former prosecutors’ offices, meaning that, apart from being in a sorry state of repair, the premises were ill-suited for children’s needs.

Following Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva’s visit in January 2013, it was decided to relocate the Mercy Home to new, purpose-built premises on an area covering 2.1 hectares in downtown Samarkand.

“Leading architects, educators and psychologists were all involved in this new project. They worked tirelessly, paying great attention to detail so as to provide our children with everything they need to live comfortably, and to create an environment conducive to their development and education,” Mrs Karimova-Tillyaeva said, commenting on the opening of the new Mercy Home.

A total of 127 children, 42 girls and 85 boys, aged between 7 and 16, have moved to their new Home. The newly-built facilities of the orphanage cover an area of 7,876 sq.m.

The new premises comprise nine separate buildings, including residential blocks for boys and girls. There are 28 bedrooms, 34 shower rooms and 21 lavatories.

Premises for extracurricular activities include a large events hall designed to accommodate 90 people, a well-equipped library, as well as training rooms where children can develop their skills according to personal interest: arts, mathematics, chemistry, IT, dance, drama, musical instruments and vocal. Children can also receive practical training in sewing, cooking, hairdressing, woodwork, pottery, and so on, skills which may prove useful in the future.

The Mercy Home has also been provided with advanced sports facilities, including a swimming pool, a large multi-purpose sports hall and a football pitch. The Mercy Home’s courtyard is divided into playgrounds and a summer amphitheatre, where children can enjoy their leisure time and take part in various outdoor activities.

A new, well-equipped medical unit houses a dentist’s along with physiotherapy and exercise therapy rooms.

“It is my sincere wish that the new home will mark a new stage in the life of our children, that they will find their way in this world and get a good upbringing and education,” Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said on the opening of the new Mercy Home.

The You are Not Alone Foundation was founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2002 to provide comprehensive assistance to children left without parental care. One of the priority areas of the Foundation’s work is to create conditions close to the home environment for children brought up in orphanages. The charity has built and reconstructed a number of orphanages in Tashkent, Samarkand and Chirchik, providing them with state-of-the-art facilities. It also backed major renovation and reconstruction work in a number of institutions for people with special needs.