Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva opens new Mercy Home in Tashkent

05 Jul 2014

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva and her husband Timur Tillyaev have attended the opening of a newly-built Mercy Home in Tashkent.

This Mercy Home’s new premises were built by the You are Not Alone Foundation. The project team included leading architects, teachers, psychologists and health workers, all of whom took the children’s views and wishes on board in their planning.

The new Mercy Home brings together 170 children aged between 3 and 16 who previously lived in Tashkent Mercy Homes No. 23 and 21. The new premises are equipped with advanced facilities and comprise several sections: training, educational, psychological, social and medical. All the units are designed to create favourable conditions for the emotional, intellectual and physical development of children, and most importantly, to provide them with better opportunities for their overall development and education.

With this in mind, all facilities within the Mercy Home have been realized in keeping with international best practices, and the new orphanage employs a team of leading educators, psychologists and healthcare workers to provide the children with all-round psychological support and healthcare services, the aim being to prepare them for independent adulthood.

The Mercy Home’s 2.5 hectares include administrative premises, a medical unit, three residential buildings, a conference room, a library, a sports centre, three swimming pools, a conference hall designed to host up to 250 people, a dining hall for 230 people, and an amphitheater with a large stage.

The children are housed in three residential blocks. With a view to creating conditions similar to the home environment, the architects and designers have devised separate, cozier accommodation units where children live in small groups. Every unit comprises well-furnished bedrooms, a living room, a study, and a utility room.

Sports facilities include a gym fitted with advanced equipment, two winter pools, and a summer pool with a sports ground. Children have the opportunity to attend a variety of sporting activities, including football, table tennis, basketball and volleyball.

As well as taking part in sports, children can develop their creative skills by attending extracurricular classes in arts, dance, piano, folk instruments and singing. The buildings for extracurricular activities also include studios where children receive training in sewing, hairdressing, pottery, cookery, IT, photography, fine arts and so on, thus giving them a taster of possible future professions.

For the younger residents, an educational programme “Learning by Playing” provides the Montessori educational approach for pre-school children. Fairytale and speech therapy classes also help prepare these younger children for school.

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There is also a large library stocked with a wide selection of educational materials as well as fiction and non-fiction books by Uzbek and foreign authors.

An important feature of the new Mercy Home is its Health Centre. Thanks to the medical staff – pediatricians, dentists, physiotherapists, orthopedists, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists, dermatologists – comprehensive healthcare services are available to the children within the Mercy Home itself. The Health Centre comprises offices for physiotherapy, dental treatment, massage therapy, therapeutic exercises, a juice bar and specialist offices meeting the latest international standards.

The Mercy Home’s social department will be focusing its work on protecting the rights and interests of children, including their property rights. It will also be working alongside social services in the area of deinstitutionalization – preventing new entries of children in orphanages and reintegrating children from institutional homes into families.

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.