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World Aid Foundation is a non-political, non-religious, non-governmental humanitarian aid organization, working to improve lives in Kazakhstan. We have through the years helped thousands in extreme situations, bringing happiness to them, our donors, and to us.
We earn trust by delivering results. Every year thousands of donors from around the world choose us as a safe, efficient and effective way to help people in need, entrusting us to make wise use of their donations. That’s a great responsibility we don’t take lightly. We don’t focus on one sector or one issue. And we’re not interested in short-term fixes. Instead, building upon a foundation of science, partnership and field work, we find global solutions to global problems.
Thousands of people are suffering every day, with little or no hope of improving their lives. Many governments and organizations turn a blind eye or lack the resources to solve these problems. It is up to us to put an end to it. And we have to do it as quickly as possible. Join our fight. Your support will make it possible for us to transform lives all over the world. Together we can make a real difference! The combination of many people’s efforts can achieve great things.


Kazakhstan is a Eurasian country, bordering China and Russia, whose size is comparable to that of western Europe. Kazakhstan has a population of 16.4 million. According to the Asian Development Bank, a large percentage of the population in Kazakhstan lives below the poverty line. From 2000 to 2006, the poverty rate declined from 34.5 percent to 19 percent. Rural poverty, however, is still high. For example, from 2005 to 2010, poverty in urban areas declined from 13.6 percent to less than 4 percent, while poverty in rural areas declined from 24.4 percent to 10 percent. Kazakhstan’s economy has declined due to the decrease of global commodity prices and the economic downturn of Russia. Poverty in Kazakhstan is largely related to employment opportunities.
The infant mortality rate is particularly high in Kazakhstan, with 191 deaths for every thousand births. Life expectancy at birth is also among the lowest in the world. Severely malnourished children are nine times more likely to die from illnesses such as measles and diarrhea. Child trafficking remains a serious problem. Thousands of children are sold and exploited. Sexual abuse, particularly abuse of young girls, is common. Although the punishment is severe, these acts often go unreported. At present, there are no comprehensive statistics on the number of children in Kazakhstan who are sexually or violently abused. One out of three children are forced to work, often in hazardous conditions. Many are unable to study and work at the same time so they abandon schooling.
Kazakhstan is among the most corrupt countries in the world. There is a very high risk of corruption in the judicial system, especially through bribery and influence peddling in courts. There is a very high risk of corruption in the police force, with extortion at checkpoints being particularly problematic. Corruption is a high risk for businesses acquiring public licenses, permits or utilities. 18 percent of survey respondents have paid a bribe or provided a favor in order to obtain public services in the past 12 months. There is also a very high risk of encountering corruption in Kazakhstan’s tax administration. Companies report that bribes in connection with annual tax payments are commonplace. Reports show that favoritism in the decisions of government officials is common and that public funds are often diverted.
While Kazakhstan has avoided the large-scale human rights abuses experienced by many of its neighbors, the country still faces challenges in promoting justice and accountability and in protecting vulnerable or persecuted populations. For example, the country suffers from widespread gender inequality. And racial discrimination is sadly also still prevalent. Human Rights Watch describes the working conditions of foreign workers as “near-slavery” and attributes them to “deeply rooted gender, religious and racial discrimination”. World Aid Foundation strives to end all forms of discrimination in Kazakhstan. We aim to work on building a favorable ground in society to accept all differences and to promote open mindedness. We hope to end all suffering of individuals as a result of prejudice or racism.
Kazakhstan has one of the world’s lowest enrolment rates for primary school-aged children. Extremely high rates of poverty in communities across the country make it difficult for parents to afford school fees. In many areas, parents are required to pay for their children’s education, and poverty remains the main reason they give for not sending their children to school. With parents and communities no longer paying for public primary education, schools have almost no funds to cover their running costs. To address this critical issue concerning access to education, World Aid Foundation works across five thematic areas as part of a broad system of support to strengthen the school system – formal basic education, alternative basic education, youth education, skills development and institutional strengthening.
Kazakhstan’s environment faces some major challenges, despite the policies put in place by the various institutions to help curb this problem. Some of these challenges are lack of proper waste management, deforestation, pollution, land or soil degradation, desertification and resource depletion among others. Nearly all of Kazakhstan’s environmental problems are geographically variable and human induced. Adding to that are global problems, not only affecting Kazakhstan, but the whole world – global warming and climate change, overpopulation, loss of biodiversity, ocean acidification, insect infestation, ozone layer depletion and urban sprawl. These are issues that must be solved if the world is to remain a supportive habitat for humans and other species. If we work together to save the Earth, we’re ultimately working to save ourselves.
Kazakhstan has long been a global hub for human trafficking, forced labor and sexual exploitation. While the causes and impacts of these crimes vary from country to country, generally the most vulnerable in society are targeted, which often includes women and children. According to the UN report 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, victims are found in 106 of 193 countries. Many of these are in conflict zones, where such crimes are not prosecuted. Everyone in Kazakhstan – children, women and men – should be protected from forced labor and trafficking, two serious human rights violations. Unless we make a real effort, and governments collaborate in finding and convicting perpetrators, any potential solutions will fall short in protecting the most vulnerable in society from exploitation.
The health status of Kazakhstan is very poor, even when compared to other low-income countries. The overall healthcare system remains inconsistent and limited. The population suffers from a huge burden of potentially preventable diseases. Despite major advances in improving the health of the population over the last decade, the people still face high rates of death and disease. Chronic malnutrition also remains a persistent, underlying cause of child mortality, with many children under five years of age suffering from childhood stunting. Kazakhstan needs to build hospitals and healthcare systems which include continuing care for pregnant women, newborns, child health services, water sanitation and infectious disease control. With the right support, the country’s debilitating health problems can be reduced or even eliminated.
The effects of hunger and malnutrition in Kazakhstan are both severe and complex. Across the country, thousands of people are in desperate need of food assistance. Children are often the hardest hit. A lack of food prevents them from developing physically and mentally. When children are unable to get the required nutrients they need to develop, they are more prone to acquire diseases. Food shortages and high prices have caused hunger for large segments of society, with reduced yields stretched to feed a growing local population. The prospects are troubling, as the country faces recurrent climate shocks, stagnating agricultural yields, poor access to markets and inputs, and widespread soil erosion. World Aid Foundation is committed to mitigating the consequences of nutrition insecurity by improving health systems.
Despite significant national and international efforts, Kazakhstan continues to struggle with extreme poverty. Today, it is still one of the world’s poorest countries. More than half of the population currently live below the international poverty line. Because this, life expectancy for men and women is one of the lowest globally. The average unemployment rate in the country is extremely high and a large percentage the very poor in Kazakhstan have no employed members in their family. The persistence of poverty conveys the need for further governmental assistance and global contributions. To sustain poverty reduction for developing nations, more attention to foreign aid policy is needed. World Aid Foundation is committed to programs that have the potential of achieving the poverty reduction objectives for 2030.
The right to water and sanitation is an inextricable human right. But fresh, safe water is sometimes hard to come by in Kazakhstan. A large percentage live without access to improved drinking water. This means that they rely on untreated water that has not been separated from human excrement, which can cause illness and even death from severe diseases. Unsanitary waste systems contribute to this problem. Without proper latrines, fecal matter winds up in local groundwater, contaminating wells and watering holes. The extent of the problem and a lack of social awareness mean that many people drink and use contaminated water without fully understanding the risks. Inhabitants, especially in rural, undeveloped areas, may turn to these contaminated sources because no other options exist in their area.
Kazakhstan has extremely high rates of maternal mortality, rape, cases of female genital mutilation, violence against women and child marriage. Women’s access to justice is restricted within the formal judicial systems. They face limited access to economic resources and assets. This is compounded by women’s low participation in politics and decision-making spheres. The women of Kazakhstan bear an unequal brunt of the hardships occasioned by poverty and conflict which promotes strict male hierarchy and authority. This is further exacerbated by religious and cultural limitations on the role and status of women in society. As a result, deeply rooted gender inequality prevails. Women are either excluded from formal decision making and asset ownership or operate through a patriarchal filter.

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Why give to World Aid Foundation?

We are one of the world’s leading humanitarian agencies fighting for disadvantaged people in Kazakhstan. Our combined local and global approach means we can reach those most in need, wherever they are.

We work around the clock, 365 days a year, delivering help in numerous countries. And when disaster strikes, we are often one of the first to help.

We’re working tirelessly to build a world where everybody can live with human dignity, but we can’t reach this goal without your support today.

How are donations used?

World Aid Foundation gifts support the entire operation, from the smallest to the largest projects. Your gift helps sustain core programmes and helps us respond quickly in times of crisis.

Can I specify how my gift is used?

Our policy is that all donations over $5,000 may be designated. All other gifts are used to address the most pressing needs in order to reduce poverty and relieve suffering, thereby improving the lives of people all over the world.

How do I know that my money won’t end up in the wrong hands?

We use a tested system of checks and balances to ensure proper use of funds, including regular audits. Members of our staff conduct regular field visits to monitor spending and progress of the projects that we are funding. We also make payments to funded projects in instalments to enable us to assess the impact of previous funding.

Who donates to World Aid Foundation?

As a result of our proven capability and dedication, World Aid Foundation receives funding from thousands of individual donors, international bodies, governments, corporations, foundations, and charities.

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Even small donations have an impact

When considering poverty in the developing world, many people feel deep sorrow but conclude that there is nothing we can do. The scale of poverty is immense and we seem powerless to stop it. Such despair is understandable, but the facts tell a very different story. While poverty is indeed extreme and widespread, it is easy to forget just how many people there are in the developed world, and how powerful our loose change can become when pooled together.

When giving to an effective charity, the size of your donation is in direct proportion to the number of people you are able to help. But you don’t have to be a millionaire to make a significant difference; even small donations have the potential to make an enormous improvement to an individual’s quality of life.

There is more happiness in giving than in receiving

There is a clear relationship between non-materialism and well-being. While possessing wealth and material goods doesn’t lead to happiness, giving them away does. Generosity is strongly associated with well-being.

A study found that, when people were given a sum of money, their well-being improved more if they spent it on other people, or gave it away, than if they spent it on themselves. This sense of well-being is more than just feeling good about ourselves – it comes from a powerful sense of empathy with and connection to others.

You know you’re doing the right thing

We don’t live in a perfect world, and there’s never going to be a perfect time to give – but there are always people out there in need of help. Whether interest rates are rising, the economy is in the doldrums, or even if you’re experiencing financial difficulties of your own, the reality is that when you donate your money, you help others who need it. Every little bit helps.

You don’t need a fortune to make a difference in someone’s life. In developing countries, even a small donation could mean a week’s worth of meals for a starving child, much-needed medical attention, and even improved schooling.


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