2012 Community Investment Projects
Tengizchevroil held a widespread request for proposals at the end of 2011 and 2012. As a result, TCO established collaborative relationships with a few NGOs. Winning CIP programs were exciting and diverse, covering all of our goals, from health and education to the environment. The common feature that united them is that their ultimate beneficiaries were communities in Atyrau oblast.
Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia
The main objective of the TCO-Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA) partnership was to encourage and expand community involvement in addressing social problems in Atyrau city and Zhylyoi region. In 2011, EFCA’s Community Engagement Program for residents in the Zhylyoi region, was awarded an Ar-Namys for "Best Social Innovation Project." EFCA’s program marked an innovative approach to solving social problems in Kazakhstan. During the 20th World Petroleum Congress in Doha, Qatar, the project was selected among 35 projects from all over the world, as one of the best projects in the area of corporate social responsibility.
The TCO-EFCA collaborative has generated an increase in the number of social services provided by NGOs to residents of Zhylyoi district. EFCA organized trainings for local NGO leaders and program participants. The trainings helped to increase the level of professionalism and institutional development of these non-profit organizations.
District NGOs implemented 19 social grant projects, which involved 5,944 residents, between 2011 and 2012. The projects addressed a variety of themes: rehabilitation of disabled children, teenage tourism, sports for children and adults, teacher training, physical therapy, youth leadership skills development and handicrafts for unemployed women. Implementation of the projects required effective cooperation between the community, local authorities and businesses.
Partnering with Organizations to Improve Cardiovascular Health
TCO collaborated with the Kazakhstan Association of Family Physicians (KAFP) to empower the Atyrau community to help reduce the incidence of the main mortality cause in Kazakhstan - cardiovascular disease. Primary care and emergency treatment were targeted as the main sources for identifying people at high risk or having the disease. The KAFP approach focused on prevention and control of arterial hypertension (AH).
KAFP implemented several high impact intervention options, including specialized training for 270 health care practitioners via distance learning courses, direct clinical courses and continuous health care quality improvement. KAFP raised awareness through media (360 TV airings of health promotion cartoons in Kazakh and Russian), AH patient schools (121 AH patients trained), dietary advisories via sms reminders, and printed materials (more than 200,000 leaflets were distributed).
Partnership on Kazakh Language
TCO has a long tradition of furthering the development of the state language and we continue this tradition with our partnership with the Kabdolov Foundation through the I Know Kazakh Language program, having the components - I Speak Kazakh, I Write in Kazakh and My Native Land Kazakhstan. The program helped Russian speaking citizens of Atyrau Oblast improve their written and verbal Kazakh language skills through a series of competitions, a roundtable and a documentary shown on local TV.
Partnering on English Language
Tengizchevroil and the British Council in Kazakhstan partnered on a project aimed at improving English language skills of teachers in Zhylyoi region. To achieve the desired outcome of the project, which was to increase school graduates’ English competency, Zhylyoi English teachers were trained on a new teaching methodology and had to complete one level in the Common European Framework (CEF).
Project participants included 49 Kulsary English teachers in phase 1, more than 75 Zhylyoi summer school teachers, and 50 Kulsary summer school children in phase 2.
Investing in Our Children
Training the next generation to be better citizens and leaders is the focus of our next few projects. Our future lies with the next generation and we believe that these projects will help us to improve that future for everyone.
Tech Age Teens
International Exchange Council’s (IREX) Tech Age Teens program operates as an extracurricular activity for youth in grades 8 through 10 throughout Atyrau’s public school system. IREX hosts its program in school computer labs and a local library. There are four objectives to Tech Age Teens: make the internet a relevant part of education, both in schools and in libraries for teachers and youth; teach teachers and youth new skills that are invaluable in a developing economy and increase their employment prospects for the future; build leadership skills; and build community needs awareness to preserve cultural heritage and engage youth in the community’s development.
Through Tech Age Teens, more than 915 students were impacted by the efforts of 105 teachers and 17 librarians who were trained to assist with program delivery. The program connected 32 schools to the internet and taught 466 teachers how to use interactive whiteboards, conduct internet searches and build computer skills. Unexpectedly, more than 50 percent of the participating schools invited IREX back to train all teachers in their schools, who had not been trained.
Tech Age students learned how to get involved in their communities and engage in issues creatively using information technology (IT) tools such as online forums, blogs and website creation. A select smaller group of students then participated in the program’s second stage, a summer workshop where they designed community projects utilizing their new IT and leadership skills. The program taught participants how to address social issues of today through use of high-technology, webbased social strategies. Community projects were developed in the areas of helping vulnerable or elderly people, improving healthy lifestyles, helping others learn IT skills and environmental projects.
Supporting Vulnerable Children
Independent Generation of Kazakhstan NGO and TCO partnered on a program called On the Way to Success: Enhancing the Potential of Vulnerable Children. The program focuses on better equipping vulnerable children for independent life. The program trained 62 orphans and 16 of their caregivers in life and leadership skills in order to help prepare the kids for leaving the state institution. The program provided information about available careers as well as training in journalism.
Corporate Volunteer Program
Tengizchevroil partnered with CDC Development Solutions (CDS) NGO to implement a corporate volunteer program called Yntymak.
Yntymak enables TCO volunteers to address the needs of the Atyrau community by helping local NGOs develop their human, technical and organizational capacity. Through Yntymak, TCO staff connects more deeply with the community and expands their professional and leadership skills.
In the Atyrau region, there exists a skills gap between the public and private sectors. Non-profits, universities, business associations and public schools lag in professional and organizational capacities. The Yntymak team conducted a needs assessment among the Atyrau NGO community to gain an in-depth understanding of the needs of NGOs to ensure that volunteer projects are demand-driven. Among the challenges identified in the needs assessment were the lack of knowledge on computer software and hardware, internet, website design, social media, public relations strategies, human resource management, fundraising, strategic planning, and 1C accounting software. Due to these constraints NGOs are often unable to meet increasingly complex needs in the local community.
TCO employees contributed 481.4 hours on skills-based projects and 408 hours on service projects though Yntymak, with a total of 23 skills-based projects and three Volunteer Marathons. Yntymak is a growing component of TCO’s Corporate Responsibility and employee engagement strategy.
Based on post-assignment evaluations, CDS found that TCO employees who participated in skills-based projects through Yntymak had significant learning and professional development experiences. TCO volunteers reported developing teamwork, communication, problem solving, public speaking and cultural awareness skills.