June 1 - International Child Protection Day

01-06-2011 | 21:50        


June 1 marked the International Child Protection Day. Great Leader Heydar Aliyev used to always keep state’s care for children in the center of his attention. Today, children in Azerbaijan are lavished with love, and care for them is multiplying day by day. A systematic and successive work is carried out in the country in this direction. Care for children who are the country’s future is a priority direction of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva is the biggest friend and guardian of the Azerbaijani children. Great Leader Heydar Aliyev, who very much cared for the country’s future, used to contribute his costly time to going to children’s festivities with great pleasure. The Great Leader never made the children wait despite his tide work schedule. This was his greatness and simplicity in his greatness! This was his love for Azerbaijan’s tomorrow. The care for children in Azerbaijan is also in the focus today. President Ilham Aliyev has set children’s healthy and prosperous growing and their well-being as one of the primary targets in the state policy. Announcement of 2009 the Year of the Child under the relevant executive order of the President is a vivid example of that. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, established to eternalize the great leader’s name has been materializing the national leader’s love and humanitarian ideas. President of the Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva keeping to the motto “The more we are good to children, the more we need to be” pursuits a simple aim – to see the Azerbaijani children happy. It’s no coincidence that the first biggest campaign realized by the foundation dealt with children. In September of 2004, the Foundation organized an exhibition called “I love Azerbaijan” of works by orphans and talented children from orphanages and boarding schools in the art gallery named after Sattar Bahlulzadeh. It was the exhibition that laid the foundation of care for orphanages and boarding schools. Capital repair and reconstructions operations carried out within the framework of “the program on development of children’s houses and boarding schools” echoed in the public. Many children’s institutions were completely repaired and additional buildings were constructed. Orphanages and boarding schools in all districts of the capital have been provided with all the necessary amenities. On the initiative of Mehriban Aliyeva, who said “No best repaired orphanage, no most up-to-date boarding school can ever replace the family”, a program on alternative care for children living in orphanages and boarding schools was developed. “Best Care for Children Suffering Diabetes”, “For the Sake of Life without Thalassemia”, “Provision of ICT Access for Blind and Partially Sighted People” implemented and charitable acts, surgeries and immunization campaigns carried out by the Foundation has turned into a model of real charity and benevolence. Every year, in Gulustan Palace, Mehriban Aliyeva arranges festivities for children from orphanages and boarding schools, as well as for those from refugee and IDP families, bringing them together, sitting at their tables and soothing them with candidness. These remarkable meetings, photos taken with the first lady of Azerbaijan become for children the most cherished memories of their lives. Azerbaijani children lavished with care of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with their talents tour Europe, go round the world, “Azerbaijan’s Goodwill Angels” amaze everyone in the capital of Europe’s cultural center.  Thereby, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and its President, setting seeds of goodness to minds and souls of people, with her beneficence gives a good example not only to Azerbaijan, but also to the entire world. She proves with her work that today our hearts should be filled with love for men, today means care of children, salvation of the world.