Month: April 2021

Victims of floods in Petropavlovsk were given over 42 million tenge

Within the framework of the “Aid Card” project implemented by the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan, Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation and ForteBank, 861 resident of the North Kazakhstan Oblast will get financial assistance for the total amount of over 43 million tenge. An intensive snow melting resulted in a suburban area of the city of Petropavlovsk coming to be in the flooding zone.

The Red Crescent Disaster Response Team carried out an assessment of the situation and needs of victims of flooding in the city of Petropavlovsk. Bank cards with 50,000 tenge per each family member will be issued to 224 families. Aid will be provided to socially vulnerable groups: single pensioners, multi-child low-income families, disabled people and others for whom the flooded houses are the only residential property.

Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation

“In our country people are eagerly responding to calls for help, they give clothes and food to victims, therefore there is no, as a rule, deficit in humanitarian aid. So we decided to pay our efforts to provide financial support. In this case, victims can choose themselves what to spend the received funds for. In our experience, most people decide to start with restoration of their houses and furniture,” told Marat Aitmagambetov, Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation Director.

Inhabitants of the suburban area in Petropavlovsk have found themselves in the flooding zone not for the first time. Last year they also were among the recipients of aid cards. “We already know approximately when the water will start arriving and prepare for this in advance – lift the furniture up, roll up carpets, try and send children and the elderly to relatives living in the city. This year the water stood for several days. The floor, repaired last year, swelled up again and the walls began to crumble. As soon as the house is ventilated from dampness, I will start restoring it,” shared local resident Kairat Serikbayev.

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“We are very pleased that you did not remain indifferent to our situation. It is not the first year that you have been helping, and thank you for helping not only here, but throughout Kazakhstan,” the victims say.

The joint charity project “Aid Card” has been successfully implemented since 2018. Earlier this month, Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation and the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan provided assistance to 200 affected residents of the Karasu district in the Kostanay Oblast for the amount of 10 million tenge.

Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation and the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan, in cooperation with local emergency authorities, are monitoring the situation in the regions and are ready to travel to locations of possible floods.

Victims of floods in the Kostanay Oblast received aid cards from Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation

Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation and the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan provided 10 million tenge monetary aid to residents of the Karasu District

Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation jointly the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan provided monetary aid to residents of villages in the Karasu District, Kostanay Oblast, who were affected by floods, the Foundation said.

The villages of Karamyrza, Zheleznodorozhnoe and Molodezhnoe turned to be in the flooded zone after increased snow melting.

Flooded houses
Flooded houses

“A large part of our house was flooded, two rooms were flooded severely. We have a small child, but we could not fire the furnace because of the water in premises,” told Talgat, a resident of the Karamyrza village.  

Aid was rendered to villagers whose houses were affected the most, single pensioners, multi-child and single-parent families, disabled people.

Bank cards of 50,000 tenge per each family member were given to 58 families. 

Aid cards were issued to residents of the affected houses
Aid cards were issued to residents of the affected houses

“Many of today’s aid beneficiaries are seasonal workers and the force of nature exacerbated their already dire financial situation. We hope that the money received will help people to quickly cope with the consequences of floods and return to their usual life. The danger of flooding persists in several regions of the country at once, therefore, together with the Red Crescent, we will continue to monitor the situation and, if necessary, are ready to promptly help our compatriots,” said Marat Aitmagambetov, Director of Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation.

The charity project “Aid Card” has been successfully implemented since 2018. For three years, over 8,000 people affected by natural and made-made disasters have received financial aid for the total amount of about 300 million tenge.

Flood victims received aid cards
Flood victims received aid cards

In 2020, aid cards were issued for 398 families in the Kostanay and North Kazakhstan Oblasts, and to residents of the Yenbekshi District in Shymkent. 

“I would like to say a big thank you that we are not left unattended. This money is a great support for us; we will be able to renovate, to start restoration of our house,” said Valentina Morar, a resident of the Molodezhnoe village.  

Photo by the Press Service of Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation

Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation supported “El tiregi – Elbasy” campaign

4 000 food baskets formed by Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation will be delivered to residents of the most densely populated cities of the country: Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent, and to Kyzylorda city.

Grocery baskets will be delivered to low-income multi-child families and families that are upbringing children with special needs. Lists of these families were formed jointly with the regional akimats (administrations), and the delivery of baskets is performed by volunteers.

El tiregi – Elbasy

“The “El tiregi – Elbasy” (translated from Kazakh “The pillar of the nation – its leader”) campaign became a real sample of unity, engagement and kindness of our compatriots. More and more businessmen, companies and caring Kazakhstanis are joining the campaign. Today, thanks to assistance rendered by Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation, some more 4,000 families will get grocery baskets,” reads the address of Dinara Kulibayeva, the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, Halyk Charity Foundation.

El tiregi – Elbasy

“We are happy to participate in the “El tiregi – Elbasy”campaign and to provide support to families that found themselves in a difficult life situation amidst the pandemic and quarantine restrictions. At present, more than ever, our society should stick together and help those who is in the most need because only doing so we will be able to overcome all hardships,” noted Marat Aitmagambetov, Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation Director.

El tiregi – Elbasy

The “El tiregi – Elbasy” campaign started on 17 March.  The campaign was initiated by the Halyk Charity Foundation that gave over 15,000 grocery baskets to the families in need. The campaign was backed by prominent businessmen and companies – their assistance helped to deliver some more 16,000 grocery sets to various regions of the country.

In total, as part of the campaign, more than 35,000 families received grocery sets, over 1.7 million kilograms, more than 50 kilograms of food for each family.

The Halyk Charitable Foundation plans to hold the “El Tiregi – Elbasy” campaign repeatedly throughout 2021 and calls on representatives of the business community and other charitable organisations to join.

Kazakhstan national team defeated Argentina in the deciding match of the Billie Jean King Cup

NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – The confrontation in the playoffs of the Billie Jean King Cup between Argentina and Kazakhstan ended with a triumph for our National Team! The second game day of the match meeting in Cordoba turned out to be 100% dramatic. The press service of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation has summed up the results of the tournament, Kazinform International News Agency reports.

An even score 1:1 after the first day meant that teams should start from scratch again. The morning session was opened by Elena Rybakina and Nadia Podoroska. The day before Rybakina, unexpectedly for everyone and for herself, lost to Maria Lourdes Carle. It happened because of her feeling unwell due to sunstroke. There were fears that Elena would not be able to recover and play, but the best tennis player in the country not only came to her senses, but a day later she entered the court with renewed vigor. The fate of the first set was decided in the 10th game, when Elena took the opponent’s serve – 6: 4. In the second game, the Kazakh, inspired by the success and strong support of her teammates, also felt confident. A break in the fourth game gave our tennis player an advantage in points.

Then the Argentinean managed to take the serve at the most crucial moment, when Rybakina served for the match. But then the scenario of the first set was repeated. After the change of sides, Podoroska came out to serve and at the most crucial moment Nadia’s hand trembled, she gave Elena not only the game, but the whole match. Again the score was 6: 4 and Kazakhstan took the lead in the confrontation with Argentina 2-1.

“Today I was tuned up for the game. I felt better than yesterday. The day before, we talked with the captain and came to a decision that I should go to court. The girls supported me actively, for which I am very grateful. Today’s duel was hard for me: both physically and psychologically. I was ready to fight; I set myself the task of winning in two sets, as playing in three games would be difficult for me in every sense of the word. I am happy that I was able to win!” shared her emotions Rybakina after the game.

Yulia Putintseva followed on to the court. But confidently leading her match to victory, the 30th racket of the world could not finish the meeting with Maria Lourdes Carle. Two sets ended in tie-breaks. The first was won by the Kazakhstani – 7: 6 (7: 3), and the second – with the same score 7: 6 (7: 3) – by the owner of the court, but Yulia was leading in that set and would have finished it winning if not for the muscular cramp. In the 8th game, during her serve, the Kazakhstani began to experience discomfort. After a long break and medical assistance, Yulia still started the third set, but could not finish even a game. The local medical team assisted her right on the court.

Argentina leveled the score again and now the teams had to play in doubles, this game was to be deciding. Anna Danilina and playing captain Yaroslava Shvedova were announced for our team. At first, the Kazakhstani tennis players had a great advantage in this meeting, not least due to their freshness: they have not entered the court of Cordoba yet, and their rivals Podoroska and Lourdes had two difficult games in two days. Our team defeated the Argentines in the first set, giving them no single game – 6: 0. Experienced Shvedova started her attacks powerfully from the back line, and Danilina, who plays flawlessly at the net, skillfully completed them. The local spectators fell silent, and the rivals resided in a slight shock. A struggle ensued in the second set. The Argentineans, urged on by local fans, began to snap back and were able to convert a break point, but they lacked the skill and luck that always accompanies the strongest to turn the tide of the meeting. 7: 5 – in favor of the Kazakhstanis.

Thus, Kazakhstan won a historic victory, winning for the first time in the playoff round away. The national team not only retained its registration with the World Group, but also received the right to play in the closing qualification for the final of 2022. Today winners were determined in 7 more pairs in playoff rounds: Ukraine – Japan 4:0, Poland – Brazil 3:2, Netherlands – China 3:2, Great Britain – Mexico 3:1, Serbia – Canada 0:4, Latvia – India 3:1, Romania – Italy 1:3. Now these 7 winning teams, together with Kazakhstan, have advanced to the decisive qualifying round, which will take place in February 2022. They will also be joined by 8 more teams out of 10 who achieved places from 3 to 12 in the final-2021 (two teams out of 10 will immediately go directly to the final-2022 whereas one will be from the host country, and the other will be given a wild card). Accordingly, 16 teams will be split by draw into pairs, where 8 participants of the 2022 final will be determined in matchup with each other (they will already be awaited there by the finalist and the winner of the 2021 final, the host country and one wild card holder).

To remind, the Billie Jean King Cup tournament until 2020 was called the Federation Cup, but in September it was renamed in honor of the American tennis player Billie Jean King.

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