The World Aral Region Charity INC is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation registered under the State of New York, October 26, 2016.

Address: 11 New Karner Road P.O. Box 706, Guilderland, New York, 12084  |  Telephone: +15185960759 

President Robert Denovich Willard  |  Vice President Director of Uzbek Relations Dr. Gulsara Shirmatova

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PROJECT PROPOSALS

KHOREZM REGION: INVESTING IN
SUSTAINABLE WATER SOLUTIONS

      The effects of water depletion in the Aral Basin are very visible. Schoolchildren in Buyrachi only have access to highly saline groundwater. Many of their hands are bloated and discolored, a sign of anemia. Local irrigation methods are often counterproductive towards water sustainability. Although there are simple solutions to these problems, communities simply cannot afford them.

       We are working with local schools and farmers to install drip line irrigation and reverse osmosis systems, the two most effective methods to save and cleanse water. Drip-line irrigation facilitates long-term water efficiency on farms, therefore helping reduce the continual water depletion that led to the crisis. Reverse osmosis (RO) filters at schools remove salt from salinized groundwater, preventing anemia among rural children. 

         Drip-lines and RO filters are common in Eastern Uzbekistan, however few rural households in Khorezm can afford the initial costs. Your donation would provide a sustainable, long-term solution for the children and communities affected. 

          We expect that our 2019 project, which serves seven sites, will catalyze investments in such sustainable technologies across the entire region.

Donors: Coca-Cola Foundation, Private Donors

Community PartnersEco-Movement of Uzbekistan;  Khorezm Schools #5, 7, 33, and 38; Marsel Bek, Patiort Galla and Rahimbergan Farms, OOO Debyut

UPDATE: Stage 1 Results

   Goals

  • Install reverse osmosis filters at 4 schools

  • Install drip-line systems on 3 small farms

  • Lead training and awareness campaigns to encourage other communities to invest in drip-lines and RO

  • 7,575 meters of drip-line pipes

  • Pressure: PSI 50 in main line, PSI 16 in drip lines

  • Flow Rate: 2 L/hr

  • Soil salinity: 5-8 mg/L

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  • In Fall 2018, WARC staff installed three drip line irrigation plots for partnering farmers in Khorezm Oblast. Operating at greater than 90% average water efficiency, drip lines allow for the sustainable and effective use of water resources in areas facing desertification.

  • Farmers from across the region were invited to observe the drip line installation and to participate in a free training session with an expert from Tashkent.

Fundraising

$23,750

 
BUILDING A UNIFIED FRONT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
ADVOCACY AMONG YOUTH IN UZBEKISTAN

      Khorezm and Karakalpakstan, which are ethnically and historically distinct from the rest of Uzbekistan, are far from power centers in the East. Because of this, the region's development and ecological well-being has often been overlooked. Incidence of diseases like anemia, bronchitis, and cancer are high, especially among children.

      We aim to inspire urban and rural youth to unite in advocacy efforts directed toward their country’s environmental well-being and to make a sustainable impact on the ecological revival of Khorezm.  For our March 2019 project, we will bring college students from the urban centers of Tashkent and Urgench to rural villages in Khorezm, where they will serve as mentors for local high school students, and work together on various environmental projects.

      This project aims to empower rural youth to advocate for the ecological well-being of their community on national platforms to alter stereotypes and build bridges between rural and urban youth. 

Donors: Coca-Cola Foundation, Private Donors

Community PartnersEco-Movement of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Chemical-Technological Institute, Khorezm Schools #5, 7, 33, and 38

 

   Goals

  • Bring 20 Tashkent students to the Aral Region

  • Lead educational programs in 4 schools

  • Encourage both rural and urban youth to advocate for their environment

Fundraising:

$4,530

ARALIM ARTS AND TOURISM INITIATIVE

       The Aral Sea Crisis is rooted in the region’s history. Since Antiquity, Silk Road cities in Khorezm and Karakalpakstan were heavily dependent on their water sources. Because of this, ancient civilizations treated the Aral with care; Zoroastrians, who built the famous Chilpyk Kala, even revered water as a sacred element. Today, there are many archaeological heritage sites that attest to this relationship between man and water.

       In the spirit of artistic revival and activism, we are bringing together a team of young international artists to produce a collaborative series devoted to such sites. In Summer 2019, as part of the final stage of this project, we will lead an artistic expedition across the Aral Region with a group of composers, cinematographers, artists, and writers to highlight unknown sites of heritage and stimulate tourism.

Community Partners: Eco-Movement of Uzbekistan, Aralim Arts Group

   Goals

  • Build a team of young ecological artists from the US and Central Asia

  • Develop a series of multimedia artworks devoted to the relationship between human society and the biosphere

  • Promote tourism to heritage sites near the Aral

Fundraising:

$34,225

UPDATE: Stage 1 Results

    For the first stage of this project, WARC selected three young composers from Singapore, Tashkent and Karakalpakstan to collaborate with filmmaker Elzhon Abassov to score a new art film on the Aral. The piece will premiere in early 2019.

    Aralim also independently curated an interactive exhibit at the Tashkent Biennale and at schools and orphanages across the country over 2018. The exhibit uses a form of traditional water painting called "Abru Bahor" to help children materialize the Aral's revival. The drawings by Karakalpak children were exhibited in Tashkent on an interactive floor model of the Aral Sea.

INVESTING IN THE ARAL
BUSINESS INITIATIVE

   Goals 

  • Online informative platform on the potential of the agricultural sector of the Republic of Uzbekistan

  • Spring 2019 Investing in the Aral Basin Business Forum for leading global agrotech firms and large agricultural producers in Uzbekistan

        In partnership with the Turon Academy+, WARC is hosting a program to encourage foreign agriculture technology companies to expand their reach into Uzbekistan, which remains a leading agricultural producer in the CIS region. The country is currently opening its markets to trade and direct investment in the agricultural sector. Professional services firms Deloitte and PwC have recently upgraded Uzbekistan’s business-friendly positions and are encouraging Western firms to expand into the emerging market.

        Medium/large scale farms and government agencies are actively investing in new precision agriculture, smart irrigation, and wastewater treatment systems. In addition to a higher crop yield, these systems assure eco-friendly and water efficient agricultural practices that will benefit the entire Aral Basin.

        To encourage the entry of leading agrotech innovators, we are hosting the first annual Investing in the Aral Basin Business Forum in Samarkand in Spring 2019. The Forum will featuring a multitude of American, Russian, European, and Israeli agriculture technology companies that are interested in expanding their reach into Uzbekistan, as well as prominent farm conglomerates that have expressed interest and shown financial capability of purchasing Western technologies. 

Community Partners: Turon Academy, Eco Drip Lux OOO, Agroproliv-Servis ООО, Bukhoro Interkontinental ООО, Agro Business Innovation, Technology OOO AmBuxaraKanalStroy Construction Management, O'ZSUVNAZORAT National Water Inspections, UzGipromelioVodXoz OOO, Aquaenergy ТМ, Asyasera Sabo OOO, Agrotech Consult ООО, BukharaRaOblSelVodXoz Union, Uzbekistan Scientific Research Center for Rice Cultivation, Kurbonov Selibay ООО, Beruni Construction and Installation Management UzbekGazSuvkurilish, UzVodRemEksplatatsiya RO, Ikkilamchi Qora Metallar OOO, Central Rural Management GP NGMK

PROJECT MUYNAK:
CHILDREN'S VITAMINS

        In August 2017, to inaugurate our work in Muynak, we donated vitamin packages to the local children's clinic. Lacking the economic resources to care for their medical and nutritional well-being, the inhabitants of Muynak have faced malnutrition, respiratory diseases, and cancer. Women and children are facing the worst of these illnesses, including a widespread epidemic of anemia, a disease often caused by the lack of vitamins. 

         On each trip to Muynak, we bring 50 packages of children's vitamins to help relieve this urgent health crisis. The vitamins help prevent children from developing chronic nutrient deficiency diseases during early development. This project is a low-cost initiative which has a direct impact on the local community.

Community Partners: Muynak Children's Clinic

   Goals 

  • Provide 250 vitamin packages

Fundraising:

$550

PROJECT MUYNAK:
BACKYARD GARDENS

        For our first initiative in Muynak, we will provide the materials needed for the planting of municipal and backyard fruit orchards, which provide households with a stable and self-sufficient source of nutrients to fight illnesses like anemia. Local agriculturalists remove 1-1.5 meters of dry, infertile topsoil and transport arable soil from the riverbed 10 km away to the planting site.

        In a related fundraiser known as Adopt A Tree, donors can adopt a tree for a family in Muynak. In total, each tree costs $7. We will send a photo of the family with the tree to the donors with a thank-you note.       

   Materials

  • fruit tree seedlings

  • gardening tools

THE SAKSAUL PLANTING PROJECT

   Materials 

  • saksaul seedlings

  • gardening tools

          Saksaul is a bushy tree that grows in the desert. The plant's extensive root system is useful for stabilizing sandy soil, thus protecting cities and villages from the toxic dust storms arising from the dried seabed.
          Cooperating with already established programs in Muynak, we will organize volunteers, tourists and local individuals to take part in the tree-planting campaign. We will provide the necessary resources and training for planting saksaul in the surrounding desert-seabed.
           To do so, we need the necessary donations to gather equipment, seeds and volunteers at Muydak. This project is relatively cost effective, meaning even the smallest of donations can make a considerable impact.

HANDS-ON EDUCATION: BUYRACHI STUDENTS
BUILD THEIR OWN ECOLOGICAL PROJECT

Fundraising:

$300

   Goals

  • Implement a household recycling system

  • Complete educational program

  • Encourage post-secondary education

        Although they are heavily affected by the Aral Crisis, children in rural areas lack the educational opportunities and influence to fend for their environment. While working on our tree planting project in Buyrachi, Khorezm Region, we interacted with school students enthusiastic to take charge of their community's ecological well-being.

        In response, we ran a project development program, through which a group of high-schoolers engaged in training and discussion on how to make a change in the Aral Region. At the end of this program, students identified a project they wanted to implement under a budge of $300: a garbage distribution system in which plastic and organic waste are recycled. 

        In the Summer 2018, we will be working with the students to implement their project. Through this experience, students will learn valuable skills in environmental advocacy, community service and project building, which will hopefully open new doors for a rural community whose voice is rarely heard.

Community Partners: Buyrachi School #38, Nur Va Xayot Ecological Center

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