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NEWS AND EVENTS
August 30, 2012
Second Universal Cultural Center launched in Karshi
Fund Forum in collaboration with Mehr Nuri Foundation, the Women’s Council and the Social Initiatives Support Fund launched the second Universal Cultural Center in Karshi (Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan) on 28 August 2012.

Chairperson of Trustee Council of Fund Forum Gulnara Karimova participated at the opening of the center. During visit, she noted that local business circles also participated at construction of the center.

The Center is seen as an opportunity for interesting and useful leisure while helping strengthen dialog among people of various generations, helping the youth learn skills and contributing to informal artistic education.

The Center offers excellent opportunities for interesting and useful leisure for women, men, the youth, children as well as elderly people. Separate rooms and custom facilities have been made available for each sector and various activities.

The Women’s Center, with a capacity to seat 50 people, would be a place to be used for specialist consultations (doctors, psychologists, etc), meetings with famous people, and events for women. The Women’s Center will also offer information about the activities of the Women’s Council, the National Breast Cancer Association and Avicenna International Association of Traditional Medicine, and link visitors with these organizations.

The Center for Children and Youth Support will house various events initiated by young people: campaigns, projects, discussion club sessions and presentations. On the weekends the center will host training sessions in traditional arts, national crafts and other activities free of charge. The Center will also provide information on children’s, youth-oriented and educational projects and grants provided by the Fund Forum and partner organizations.

The Center for Social Support and Charity offers information on programs run by the foundations that are designed to help socially vulnerable segments of the population, support entrepreneurs and farmers, women and regional NGOs.

The Center also houses small business centers with computers and a library. The Central Hall will have a seating capacity of up to 150 people and will be styled on an oriental chaikhana (tea room), which means an opportunity for elderly people and other residents to get together and spend time. The tea room may be converted into a banquet hall which will host events such as weddings, birthday parties, etc. The Center has cooking facilities, staff rooms, a cloakroom, and separate rooms for event organizers and participants.

Visitors to the Universal Cultural Center will be assisted by thirty volunteers that have been selected among the winners and grantees of the Fund Forum, Mehr Nuri Foundation, the Women’s Council and the SISF. The volunteers will help lead training sessions and will provide consultations.

The new cultural centers are set to be constructed in each region of the Republic while mini centers are to be built in remote areas. Each center in the regions will be constructed under a single architectural framework. (Source: UzDaily.com)


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