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ALMATY, Kazakhstan, February 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 2014, the Bulat Utemuratoy Foundation has been steadfast in its efforts to bring together people, ideas and resources to create valuable and sustainable solutions that move society forward. Today he reviews his impact over the last decade and hopes to continue moving forward.
In a decade characterized by COVID-19, natural disasters and geopolitical tensions, the Foundation has remained dynamic in allocating funds to those most in need. During this time, it has launched more than 20 projects, and in 2023 alone it spent around $90 million on healthcare, education, infrastructure and disaster relief.
Education and culture continue to occupy a central place in the Foundation's mission. Last year it financed the construction of a municipal school for 1,500 children in a suburb of Astana. Next year, an 8,500 m2 public sports and cultural center will be completed in the same area.
Other important projects are the Asyl Miras network of autism centers, which currently operates in 12 large cities throughout the country. Since then, the Foundation has helped 16,000 autistic children, supported by its partnerships with international experts, such as the Kasari Lab and the Marcus Autism Center.
The foundation has also provided shelter to 650 needy families and financial aid worth more than $2.6 million under the Aid Card program, together with the Kazakh Red Crescent, to support victims of natural disasters, which constitutes a unique case of collaboration between non-governmental and private charities. In 2023, the foundation provided aid to victims of an earthquake in Turkey, worth $5 million, and to the families of miners who died in the Kostenko mine, worth $1 million.
In 2024, the Foundation plans to complete the construction of two more schools in the Almaty region and a new terminal for Kyzylorda airport, and donate them to society. It will also continue to contribute to educational development at the school level through the Young Leaders and Green School projects.
Dr. Almaz Sharman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bulat Utemuratov Foundation, highlighted: "The 10th anniversary of the Foundation is a testament to our dedication to improving the lives of Kazakhs. At the beginning we focused on healthcare, education and culture, but now the range of activities has expanded, and we are proud of the Foundation's progress. This anniversary encourages us to move forward and we are excited to achieve even more in the next decade."
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