Founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2002, the You Are Not Alone Foundation is a charitable organization committed to improving the lives of orphaned and abandoned children by providing them with high standards of care and opportunities for a better future through education and skills, as well as vital access to quality medical care and psychological support. The charity’s primary goals are to ensure that children left without parental care grow up in a caring and loving environment, help to unlock children’s potential by providing them with an all-round education and prepare children for independent life, encouraging them to become self-reliant, confident and emotionally stable young adults.
The foundation has initiated and implemented several large-scale projects, building, renovating and refurbishing a number of Mercy Homes (orphanages) in Uzbekistan, providing them with the facilities and conditions children need to live, grow and receive a solid education.
From 2010 to 2015 the You Are Not Alone Foundation carried out renovation and refurbishment work in: the Muruvvat orphanage for children with disabilities in Tashkent; the Tashkent orphanage for children under the age of three; Chirchik Mercy Home (orphanage) No. 14 and Samarkand Mercy Home No. 10. The foundation has equipped these charitable institutions with modern furniture and advanced facilities, thanks to which the children can live and study in comfort. In 2011, the Kibray orphanage for children with severe learning disabilities was equipped with new furniture and other necessities.
The foundation has also overseen major relocation projects for Tashkent Mercy Home No. 23 and Samarkand Mercy Home No. 6, thanks to which these two orphanages now enjoy brand new premises built and furnished by the You Are Not Alone Foundation.
The organization puts education at the heart of most of its projects, which seek to have a meaningful and sustained impact on children’s lives.
An Educational Centre working under the charity seeks to motivate children raised in orphanages towards higher academic standards and better overall behaviour and attendance and to help develop a positive attitude towards schooling, as well as to prepare them for entrance examinations in lyceums, colleges and universities.
In partnership with the National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children (NCSAC), the You Are Not Alone charitable foundation also provides medical, educational and financial assistance to disabled children and children from disadvantaged families, as well as to gifted children who have insufficient opportunities for development.
The foundation also provides funding for the treatment of children from orphanages and low-income families, including surgery grants for children with serious medical conditions.
It arranges regular medical checks for children living in Mercy Homes.