The You are Not Alone Foundation has a long-standing tradition of organising a series of events to mark International Children’s Day. This year’s events included a children’s art exhibition and a concert at the Turkistan concert hall in Tashkent. Both events were attended by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva.
The “My Dream” exhibition, held at the Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan, featured paintings and drawings by children from orphanages and low-income families and children with special needs. It was a heartwarming event where children shared their dreams through their paintings and pavement chalk drawings. It was a very touching moment when children wrote down their dreams on pieces of paper, attached them to colourful balloons and launched them into the sky.
“It is my sincere wish that every child’s dream may come true, and we adults should do everything possible for this to happen,” Lola Karimova -Tillyaeva said, commenting on the event.
The festive concert held by the Foundation at the Turkistan concert hall brought together nearly 3,000 children. Writing on her official page on Facebook, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said that the event was also “a chance to acknowledge the best of the best – children who excelled at their studies, sports or arts – and a perfect occasion to express our appreciation for the hard and relentless work being done by medical workers, hospitals and clinics, as well as by all our Foundation’s friends and partners whose dedication helps save children’s lives”.
All performances at the concert were staged by children from Tashkent, Buka, Chirchik and Samarkand Mercy Homes along with Uzbek pop stars Shakhruh, Munisa Rizayeva and the Ummon vocal group who performed duets with the children.
The You are Not Alone charitable organization was founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2002 to provide comprehensive assistance to children left without parental care. One of its priority tasks is to provide funding for the treatment of children from orphanages and low-income families, including surgery grants for children with serious medical conditions involving heart diseases, hearing loss, spinal conditions, eye problems, cleft fatal defects. The surgeries are performed by Uzbek and foreign specialists both inside Uzbekistan as well as in clinics in Europe, Japan, India and Israel.
Among those who received awards at this year’s concert on the occasion of International Children’s Day were Hakimjon Abrolov, head of department for congenital heart diseases at the State Specialised Surgery Centre; Bakhtiyor Ergashev, head of the State centre of neonatal surgery under the National Perinatal Centre; Mirhakim Azizov, the director of the State institute of traumatology and orthopaedic surgery.
The Foundation also expressed its profound gratitude to its long-term partners – the State institute of traumatology and orthopaedic surgery as well as the State specialised medical centre of paediatrics – for their dedication and commitment to protecting children’s health.
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