Tatyana Karimova, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva set up Foundation named in honour of Uzbekistan’s first President

18 Nov 2016

IMG_20161117_191554Tatyana Karimova and Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva have set up a charitable foundation named in honour of late Uzbek President Islam Karimov, the founder of the independent Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Islam Karimov Foundation will be setting up and overseeing the work of the museum of Uzbekistan’s first president as well as publishing works about the founding father of the independent republic.

The foundation will operate various scientific, educational and cultural programmes with the goal of providing greater opportunities for the education of young people and the professional development of university lecturers, school teachers and medical workers. The foundation will award merit-based scholarships in various academic disciplines and fields of study to enable outstanding young people to pursue their education at some of the best universities both in Uzbekistan and abroad. With a view to promoting science and education in our country, the foundation will allocate grants to support both individual researchers and research projects being carried out by institutions.

“I sincerely hope that the activities of the Islam Karimov Foundation will contribute to preserving and promoting Uzbekistan’s cultural and historical heritage, and help many people living in our country to realize their full potential. I ask the Lord to bless my father’s soul in the hereafter, and I pray that all our good and noble undertakings for the sake of Uzbekistan’s prosperity may be fulfilled,” Lola Karimova said in her message on the occasion of the organization’s opening.

IMG-20161117-WA0006 (1)The foundation will support programmes aimed at enhancing the visibility of Uzbek authors and promoting Uzbek literature globally by granting financial assistance for the translation and the publication of works of both classical and contemporary literature.

The organization will be involved in book-publishing activities with the primary focus on works exploring various themes related to Uzbekistan’s traditions, arts, literature and other manifestations of the intellectual achievements of the Uzbek people.

With a view to fostering and strengthening intercultural exchange and creating prosperity for local communities by celebrating traditional art, centuries-old skills and techniques, the organization will provide direct financial assistance to artisan groups who are keeping Uzbekistan’s centuries-old, exquisite craft traditions alive.

One of the main goals of the foundation is to develop and raise the profile of contemporary Uzbek visual arts and to foster a national school of art by creating a collection of artworks and organizing exhibitions by prominent and emerging Uzbek artists.

The foundation will be working in close partnership with the You Are Not Alone charitable organization, which for 14 years now has been providing comprehensive help and support to children left without parental care, as well as children and young people with special needs.