Her decision comes motivated by her will to dedicate all her efforts to charitable and cultural projects such as the You Are Not Alone Foundation, the National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children and the Islam Karimov Foundation.
“I have decided to leave my post of ambassador to UNESCO. However, I will continue my work on the implementation of projects in the field of culture, education, science and the environment.” Said Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in an official statement.
Participating and taking a leading role in humanitarian causes has been Lola Karimova’s signature for a long time. Her concerns primarily focused on environmental issues and the situation of children without parental care have been a very important part of her actions taken as ambassador to UNESCO and in her personal life.
Lola Karimova took office as president of the Gymnastics Federation in 2007 and spearheaded the establishment of a national school of advanced gymnastics. She represented Uzbekistan as UNESCO ambassador for 10 years during which the Permanent Delegation of Uzbekistan conducted several projects to promote the culture, literature, science and athletes of the country.
Both the You Are Not Alone Foundation and the National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children were founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva and are focused on improving the life and chances of children in Uzbekistan left without parental care. The Foundation backs up financially several Mercy Homes (orphanages) helping them provide the best care for the children. The NCSAC works hand to hand with Karimova’s You Are Not Alone Foundation to provide health care and education to children with disabilities.
The Islam Karimov foundation, named in honour of Lola Karimova’s father, is a charitable organization consecrated to promoting the culture, history and literature of Uzbekistan. The foundation provides merit-based scholarships, assistance in professional development of teachers, lecturers and medical workers and supports programmes to enhance the visibility of Uzbek literature.