During the SARS v.2 pandemic Kazakhstan is experiencing the same troubles as any country in the world. Despite the relatively low number of infected – 4344 – the Central Asian country is struggling with lack of protective equipment and disinfectants. Private charity funds, major companies and businessmen came to rescue. As for now the situation with protective equipment, lung ventilators and test systems isn’t as dire as it was.
Saby foundation, led by Aselle Tasmagambetova and Kenes Rakishev acquired thousands of test kits for rapid COVID-19 diagnostics, lung ventilator apparatus for IC. Saby foundation is particularly broadly involved in healthcare projects. Kenes Rakishev, Aselle Tasmagambetova and their friends and partners built several paediatric emergency surgery centres in Kazakhstan. Saby wasn’t the only charity actively involved in the efforts: many came to help Kazakhstan to brace for impact.
However two more troubles came. The long and strict quarantine made population’s savings depleted. There is many Kazakhstani who do not have any means of life now. Government subsidy – 42500 tenge [~$100] isn’t enough, especially for those with children. Additionally came a natural disaster: floods rave in the southern part of Kazakhstan. Many towns and villages are flooded and people lost everything. The state aid is simply lacking agility and effectiveness to help those in need. Epidemic virus outbreak, poverty and flood demand highest concentration of efforts from state and business to minimize the damage and loss of life among citizens.
Timur Kulibayev, Kairat Boranbaev and Kenes Rakishev, the nation’s prominent businessmen, decided to intervene. They quickly raised the necessary funds in “Halyk” foundation. The aid package is dispensed directly to the poor families and families with many children. “Halyk” charity fund bought and dispensed, according to lists of those in need, to 20,000 aid packages. 1200 tonnes of food is heading to the regions in Kazakhstan. 20 tonnes of aid goes as emergency to the most affected villages of severally flooded Maktaaral District. It is a model case of high social responsibility of business in the hard times that struck the country.