Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva

12 Dec: Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva's statement on accusations made by Gulnara Karimova
Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva's statement on accusations made by Gulnara Karimova
We have been receiving many requests from the media to comment on the accusations which Gulnara Karimova has been making against me and my husband.
For our part, of course, we would like to refrain from making any comments on the events. However, the situation leaves us with no choice but to start consultations with our lawyers, and consider taking a legal action against Gulnara Karimova through filing suit in court in connection with the spread of defamatory statements, slander and threats against me and my husband Timur Tillyaev in social networking websites and the media.
26 Sep: Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva opens Samarkand orphanage after major renovation

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva opens Samarkand orphanage after major renovation

On 26 September Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva and her husband Timur Tillyaev inaugurated premises of Mercy Home (orphanage) No 10 in the city of Samarkand following its extensive renovation, which was carried out with the backing of the You are not alone foundation.

A total of 1,418 children have been raised in the Mercy Home since it was founded in 1943, and at present the orphanage is home to 138 children.

The current premises of the orphanage, built in 1987, were in a state of disrepair, lacking basic facilities needed for children's education and development. 

As a result of the major reconstruction work, which got under way in February 2013 and lasted for seven months, the orphanage premises have fully been renovated, refurbished and fitted out with state-of-the-art facilities. The newly-refurbished Mercy Home has over 10 classrooms, an exhibition hall, a large canteen, a hall for extra curriculum activities, library, computer centre, dance room, playground, medical unit and new sporting facilities.

“We are very glad that we have created all the right conditions needed for your comfortable living. During the reconstruction work, we tried to take into account your interests and provide the Mercy Home with modern facilities needed for your further education, extra curriculum and sporting activities as well as vocational training.

"I have great confidence in your future and very much hope that you will be able to find enough strength, knowledge and determination to succeed in your endeavours and achieve your goals. This is our foundation's main objective and we will do our utmost to help you in that," Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said.

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, as one of the most socially vulnerable groups. The primary goals of the charity are to promote development of orphaned and abandoned children, provide them with better opportunities to get comprehensive education, assistance in healthcare and psychological support. Through promoting better education at the country's orphanages, the charitable organization strives to prepare children for independent life, ensure that they become self-reliant, confident and emotionally stable people when they come of age.

Karimova-Tillyaeva's second charitable organization, the National Centre for Social Adaptation of Children, provides children with special needs with assistance in the areas of diagnosis, orthopedic and neurological treatment, speech therapy and education.

05 Sep: Documentary on National Centre for Social Adaptation of Children

Documentary on National Centre for Social Adaptation of Children


The National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children (NCSAC) was founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2004 to provide information, counselling and legal support to children with special needs and their families, children from vulnerable groups and underprivileged families, as well as comprehensive medical and educational assistance to disabled children.


The NCSAC's Information and Consulting Service (ICS), which was set up in 2007,  provides disabled children with assistance in the areas of diagnosis, orthopedic and neurological treatment, speech therapy, education, as well as counselling services to children with impairments and their parents.


The ICS specialists - including special educators, speech pathologists, psychologists, child neurologists, instructors on therapeutic exercises, masseurs, sign language teachers, art therapists develop individual assistance programmes for every child with disabilities and signs of stunted growth who come to the centre. All services are provided free of charge.


From 2007 to 2012 ICS experts have provided help to over 5,000 children with special needs (aged between 1 and 18), including children suffering from cerebral palsy, mental retardation, speech delay, infantile autism, Down syndrome, hyperactivity, aggression; as well as children at risk, children who suffered violence and abuse in their families.


Please click on the below link to watch a new documentary on the charity’s work.


Lola Karimova Centre

19 Jun: Graduation ceremony at the Education Centre under the You are not alone foundation

Graduation ceremony at the Education Centre under the You are not alone foundation


A graduation ceremony has been held the Education Centre of the You are not alone charitable foundation. The Education Centre was founded in 2003 to specifically work with children from orphanages, children from low-income families and children with special needs in order to help them to get in-depth knowledge on school subjects needed to pass entrance exams to colleges and universities.

The graduation ceremony was attended by children brought up in Tashkent orphanages and their teachers. This year about 100 graduates of the Education Centre will continue their studies at Uzbekistan's lyceums and colleges.

Addressing the graduates, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the You are not alone foundation Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said: “We have completed another schooling year, and I would like to sincerely congratulate you and express the hope that the knowledge you received at the Education Centre will serve as the foundations for your further education at colleges and universities. I also hope that our centre has become a second home where you got the opportunity of communicating with each other, acquired new friends, as well as people who are ready to listen to you at any time and provide you with assistance whenever you are in need of help. Our doors are always open for you.”


There are a lot of gifted children brought up in orphanages who are at risk of not realising their potential and lagging behind their peers in terms of education and development due to lack of parental support. This may subsequently have an adverse effect on children’s future as well as their adaptation to independent living following graduation from Mercy Homes. Therefore, in 2003 the You are not alone charitable organization founded the Education Centre, whose main goal is to raise children's understanding of the paramount importance of education and knowledge in building a better future as well as to positively influence children from orphanages and disadvantaged families to take post-secondary education.

At the Education Centre children attend classes in math, chemistry, IT, English, ethics, the Russian language and literature, the history of Uzbek culture and arts. Education Centre students also have an opportunity to develop their creative skills by attending classes in choreography, vocal and painting. A debate club helps improve children's ability to think critically and hone their public speaking skills. The charity invites best lecturers and teachers from across the country to prepare children brought up in Mercy Homes, children from low-income families as well as children with special needs to entrance exams at lyceums, colleges and universities. It also arranges for children's visits to universities and vocational colleges to help them with decision making with regard to post secondary education and career choice.

 “Several generations have grown up before our eyes; many of our children have achieved major successes in their education, career, personal growth and development. Over 2,000 children have received knowledge at the Centre since it was founded, and 214 of them became students of prestigious colleges and universities,” Karimova-Tillyaeva said.


Among them are the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, the Tashkent branch of the Moscow State University, the National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies, the Tashkent University of Economics, the Tashkent Institute of Highways, the Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Construction, the University of World Languages, the Tashkent Institute of Culture, Termez State University, Tashkent Medical Academy, the National Institute of Arts and Design and the Tashkent Chemical and Technological Institute.

The charity also arranges classes for children from Mercy Homes on how to handle day-to-day tasks related to housekeeping, cooking and managing family budget.

The Education Centre specialists play an important role in children’s intellectual and social development in many respects fulfilling parental duties in encouraging and motivating a child to improve his or her academic achievements, overall behaviour and attendance; understanding children’s day-to-day progress and developing positive attitude towards schooling. The Education Centre's specialists seek to create a culture of learning, improve children’s confidence, understand how to support the development of the child's skills, as well as provide children with support and encouragement in exploring the many options to find the best career fit for them.

03 Jun: Chirchik orphanage opens following major reconstruction

Chirchik orphanage opens following major reconstruction


Lola Karimova-Tollyaeva recives a gift given by the children Lola Karimova reeding a story bookLola Karimova visits the playing roomLola Karimova visiting the instalations with the childrenLola Tillyaeva visiting the orphanage playgroundchildren painting in the orphanage inagurated by Lola Karimova Lola tillyaeva surrounded by the orphanage children

lola Tillyaeva with the children at the opening of the orphanage

On 3 June Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva reopened the premises of Mercy Home (orphanage) No 14 in the town of Chirchik in Tashkent region following its major reconstruction, which was carried out with the backing of the You are not alone foundation.

Over 100 children left without parental care, aged between 3 and 15, are currently brought up in the orphanage, which was founded in 1946.

“We are glad that we have been able to bring a bit of comfort and warmth, and add colour to your present life and future. During the reconstruction work, we tried to take into account your interests, create conditions for further education, vocational training, social adaptation and sporting activities,” Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said addressing the opening event.

The orphanage classroom inagurated by Lola Karimova- Tillyaeva

As a result of the renovation work which started in January 2013, the premises of the orphanage have been provided with the state-of-the-art facilities and all the right conditions have been created for children's living and education. The orphanage has been provided with new rooms, classrooms, a library, a computer class, premises for vocational education and training; a sports hall and a medical centre, which have been fitted out with new furniture and equipment.

New premises built on the territory of the orphanage will be used for extra-curricular activities and extra classes where children will be preparing for entrance exams at colleges and lyceums.

Lola Karimova playing with the children at the orphanage

The electricity, heating, water supply systems have been replaced and a new ventilation system has been installed. 

The You are not alone charitable foundation was set up by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in November 2002 to provide comprehensive support to children in need. The charity's work is primarily focused on providing assistance and support to children left without parental care. The foundation attaches special importance to funding renovation, maintenance and construction work at Mercy Homes, orphanages for children under the age of three, and homes for the disabled people. A total of 18 educational and charitable organizations have been renovated with the charity's backing since it was founded. At present large-scale reconstruction work at Mercy Home No 10 in Samarkand is nearing completion. Already in the pipeline is to build new premises for Mercy Home No 6 in Samarkand and Mercy Home 23 in Tashkent.

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