May 31, 2007

An Agreement of Cooperation signed between Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Or-Avner International Fund

First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva met on May 31 with delegation led by Lev Levayev, President of CIS Jewish Communities Federation and Or-Avner International Fund. 

Mrs Aliyeva informed the visitors of creation, history and goals of Heydar Aliyev Foundation. She noted since its establishment the Foundation has carried out several large-scale projects in field of wide propaganda of culture and history of Azerbaijan, protection of population’s health, recovery of environment, application of IT, solution of social problems. For last 2 years the Foundation initiated construction of nearly 200 schools in regions of the republic, including remotest villages and their supply with modern appliances. Firmly cooperating with international organizations the Foundation has successfully completed the ‘ICT for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons’ Project along with UNDP. Conferences held last year along with Latin Culture Academy and Washington Sciences Academy were also effective. The Foundation constructs a modern education complex for girls in Muzaffarabad city of Pakistan damaged by the quake and restores 2 monuments at Versailles Palace and Park, France. Within the Address of Religious Tolerance: Azerbaijan Project of the Foundation reconstruction of Orthodox Church and mosques in Baku has been ended. 


Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva mentioned Jews, one of the most developed nations in the world, possess ancient history and culture in Azerbaijan, said construction of the education center for Jewish children foundation of which is laid is a new manifestation of the tolerance in her country. She said prior to this, contacts were established between the Foundation and influential organizations of world Jews, noted cooperation with Or-Avner International Fund will be fruitful.  

Lev Levayev said he was much impressed by meetings with President of Azerbaijan, emphasized the Foundation led by Mrs Aliyeva is known inside and outside the country as the prestigious body. He said the organization headed by him attaches special importance to cooperation with Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

Agreement was signed between Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Or-Avner Fund on 3-year cooperation in field of education, health, culture, construction, reconstruction and material supply of social establishments. The document was signed by President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva and President of Or-Avner Fund Lev Levayev.

In his interview to AzerTAg L.Levayev said ‘I highly value action of the Foundation named after outstanding political figure Heydar Aliyev. I believe the Jewish educational center cornerstone of which is laid in Baku will effectively help the development of friendly ties between our nations and in the real results of the document signed.’

He noted the organization led by him that functions in Russia was founded in 1992. It does not implement wide-scale projects like Heydar Aliyev Foundation does, but has built many educational complexes in CIS countries, implemented projects in health and social spheres.