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The You Are Not Alone Foundation is Lola Tillyaeva’s and Timur Tillyaev´s longest running foundation. For almost two decades, You Are Not Alone has supported children and families in Uzbekistan.
Founded in 2002, You Are Not Alone runs a wide array of projects helping underprivileged kids in Uzbekistan. Some of their projects include refurbishing orphanages, providing new equipment to hospitals and establishing funds to enable disadvantaged kids to stay in school. The couple’s commitment to the kids in these programs is long-term. Former residents of the mercy homes supported by You Are Not Alone are still able to return for legal assistance and other services. For younger kids that are still living in care homes, You Are Not Alone sends medical staff for annual check-ups.
Education is also an integral part of the couple’s philanthropic work. Working through The Educational Centre, the foundation helps vulnerable kids stay in school by helping them deal with problems that may be stopping them from going to school; the staff at the centre provide assistance to children who may be facing financial hardship, lack of family support, or have learning difficulties or physical disabilities.
The National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children (NCSAC) was founded in 2004 by Lola Karimova Tillyaeva and her husband, businessman Timur Tillyaev. Based in Uzbekistan, the goal of the charitable organisation is to “provide life-enhancing opportunities to children with disabilities.”
For underprivileged Uzbek families, this organisation allowed free access to a variety of medical services such as diagnosis, orthopaedic and neurological treatment along with speech therapy and education. Several thousand Uzbek families have benefited from NCSAC, an institution that remains unique in the Central Asian region.
The team of specialists whom Lola Tillyaeva recruited included, “speech therapists, special educators, psychologists, neurologists, therapeutic exercise specialists, orthopedic surgeons, masseurs, sign language teachers and art therapists.” This allowed each child at NCSAC to receive tailor-made programs suiting their specific conditions. The organisation has helped children with Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism.
To support their work the centre was also provided with medical equipment including a Lokomat treadmill, Solostep physical therapy devices and standing frames. These are all available to assist in the treatment of kids with musculoskeletal disorders. The team of specialists and medical equipment helped to achieve Lola Karimova Tillyaeva´s goal of maximizing the quality of life of the children. Children under the care of NCSAC routinely managed to accomplish life-changing milestones such as walking, talking or hearing for the first time. The centre also provides practical assistance, including supplying wheelchairs and hearing aids to those who need them.
By pooling their resources and sharing their knowledge the two organisations helped disadvantaged Uzbek children thrive by providing them the resources and help they required. Both organisations also share the overarching goal to help “every orphaned child in Uzbekistan know that they are not alone and that we will continue doing our utmost to help them succeed in life.”
Initiatives like NCSAC and You Are Not Alone demonstrate how Lola Karimova Tillyaeva and Timur Tillyaev share a deep love for Uzbekistan and its people.
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