March 19, 2005

Novruz gifts were distributed to children’s homes in Baku

On the eve of Novruz Holiday on March 19 representatives of Heydar Aliyev Foundation visited children`s homes 2 in Surakhani district and 3 in Khatai district of Education Ministry, subsidiary school 268 in Nesimi district, psycho-neurological child dispenser and club "Naughty children" of mentally retarded children of Ministry of Public Health in Nerimanov district, presented children Novruz gifts on behalf of President of Foundation, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva.

First reps of Foundation went to Honor Alley and visited grave of our nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev, laid wreath on his statue, laid fresh carnations on the grave of prominent ophthalmologist scientist Mrs Zarifa Aliyeva.


Holiday gifts made of most delicious foods of our land and reflecting words "Heydar Aliyev Foundation", semeni plates, plenty of candies, packages of fruits and vegetables were presented to children`s homes. Employees of Foundation who have visited these collectives for many times were welcomed by children with special kindness and sincerity like their natives. Gifts brought were laid on the Novruz tables. Employees of Heydar Aliyev Foundation joined servants and trainers here and served the children.


In holiday celebrations held together with employees of Foundation named after our nationwide leader children showed their skill, knowledge and talent. They honored for many times memory of beloved grandfather Heydar, dear of children who had always cared about them and held such kind of days along with them, said poems dedicated to great leader. Dances performed by national-dressed boys and girls, poems on Novruz, performances of Kosa, Kechel, Spring`s daughter were admired my ceremony participants. Old people partaking in the festival joined them and danced.


Executive Director of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Elekberov congratulated the children on arrival of Novruz Holiday on behalf of President of Foundation, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, who was far from Homeland that day, on the official visit within delegation of Azerbaijan, gave her best wishes to children. He noted that in frame of Program "Development of children`s homes and boarding schools" prepared on direct initiative and direction of Mrs Aliyeva, due to funds of Foundation fundamental repair and reconstruction works are underway at 10 of 25 children`s homes in capital, additional subsidiary buildings are constructed. These establishments are equipped with new appliances.


Executive Director of Foundation mentioned as well that Novruz gifts will be delivered during Novruz Holiday to more than our 10,000 citizens needing for help - up to 30 children`s homes, boarding schools, treatment centers for invalid children and old-houses located in Baku and around Baku.


Parents, trainer-teachers addressing the celebrations talked with satisfaction of realization of many changes over the last year in field of improvement of material and technical base of children`s houses, food supply, health, education, domestic, communal service, expressed their gratitude to Heydar Aliyev Foundation and its President Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva. They cordially appreciated announcement of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva "Woman of Year" according to results of inquiry held by Azerbaijan Sociology Association on the initiative of public union of women leaders. They noted that only real results of care shown to children`s homes and boarding schools, effective measures taken for improvement of situation of thousands of children prove that Mrs Aliyeva fully deserves this title.


Employees of Foundation saw along with press reps exhibitions made of handworks of children prepared in base of contests of art devoted to Novruz Holiday, were taken picture for memory with children, left them with desire of meeting with them soon.