September 3, 2004

Opening of an art exhibition entitled "I love Azerbaijan", following the Heydar Aliyev Foudation's initiative, was held

As was informed by AzerTAj on September 3 in the Sattar Bahlulzadeh showroom under the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Fund was opened an art exhibition of children living in children`s homes and boarding schools, titled "I love Azerbaijan". At the opening ceremony was present First Lady Azerbaijan, president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva.

The exhibition, which serves as evident confirmation of worthy continuation of care on children, deprived cares, has created at each participant full representation about the purpose of this action. About 30 pupils of children`s homes and boarding schools, ambassadors of foreign countries in our republic, attending the event, very warmly have met spouse of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, president of Heydar Aliyev Fund Mehriban Aliyeva. Works of the little talents, undergone to hard blows, rigid tests of destiny, but at the same time hardened, got stronger spirit due to mercy of the kind people, able to see and show beauty of the world, have made on Mehriban Aliyeva pleasant impressions. It is enough to look the figures submitted at the Exhibition to be convinced of what rich imagination, infinite representation these children who have lost one or both parents possess, and also for the certain reasons compelled to live separately from the family, subj! ect to heavy diseases.

These children, with their gentle fingers confirming, that our people possesses deep wit, mighty talent, have in detail told Mehriban Aliyeva about themes to which they have addressed.

Mehriban Aliyeva has congratulated the children on this success, has taken interest in their cares.

Mehriban Khanum, having noted in her remarks that is pleased on this exhibition, has congratulated the guys, admiring spectators with their talent and skill, has emphasized, that the purpose of this exhibition being one of the first actions, spent by Heydar Aliyev Fund, consists in attraction of attention of all people in our Republic to children most requiring for care. Mehriban Aliyeva informed that the present exhibition is organized under the initiative of Leyla Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev`s granddaughter.

Today everyone should, having consolidated efforts to show about such children care, to pay them attention. Mehriban Aliyeva has called all to join this noble initiative of Heydar Aliyev Fund.

The ambassador of Italy in Azerbaijan Margarita Costa has noted, that receives huge pleasure from the works of Azerbaijan children submitted at the exhibition, feels pride and welcomes appeal of Mehriban Aliyeva to mercy. The ambassador, having informed, that has taken under her care in Azerbaijan a sick baby, has wished all children of the world, pleasure and happiness.

President of Heydar Aliyev Fund and her daughter Leyla Aliyeva were photographed for memory with pupils of children`s homes and boarding schools.

In conclusion, gifts have been handed to pupils of children`s homes taking part at the exhibition.