Sustainability

Case studies

In this section, we share some examples of our engagement related to the resettled community members.

Case study 1

CASE STUDY 1:
LOCAL COMMUNITY: RESETTLEMENT STORY OF THE DUSHEKENOV FAMILY

Context / short description
of an issue:

The resettlement of Berezovka and Bestau, which used to be located on the border of the new Sanitary Protection Zone of the Karachaganak field, took place in the period from 2015 to 2017 in several stages. In total, over 460 families were relocated to Aksai and the adjacent newly developed Araltal microdistrict. One of the examples of settling in a new place and restoring the usual way of life is presented below.

Result:

Imanmalik Dushekenov is a retired resident, who moved with his elder son and his family from Berezovka Village to Aksai in Phase 1 at the end of 2015.

 

Imanmalik’s daughter Gulsin Nazarova worked as a schoolteacher of Qazaq language and literature at Berezovka School. In 2017, she was resettled to a new house in Araltal. Now she works at Araltal School as a teacher of Qazaq language and literature.

 

In accordance with Entitlement Matrix, the households where elderly resided together with grown up and married children were entitled to separate housing after resettlement. Therefore, Imanmalik’s married son and married daughter got two separate houses in Araltal.

 

Imanmalik Dushekenov's son Sapargali has three children. The eldest son is already working, the youngest son is a 6-grade pupil of the Araltal school, his daughter Aizhan is a medical college graduate. She did her college under the KPO’s Scholarship Programme. After the graduation, KPO supported Aizhan with getting a job in local Clinic. Now Aizhan is a third-year student at a Medical University in Russia.

 

Aizhan says that KPO had given her a ticket to life through its Scholarship Programme. “My scholarship sponsored by KPO was bigger than that of other students’”.

 

When meeting with KPO Community Relations team Imanmalik Dushekenov thanked KPO for the assistance provided to his family: education for his granddaughter and a good housing in Araltal.

Case study 2

CASE STUDY 2:
COMMUNITY ‘GREEN’ INITIATIVE

Context / short description
of issue:

The issues of environmental protection and ecosystems of the territories adjacent to the Karachaganak field are always in the focus of KPO's attention. In its production activities, the Company adheres to the highest standards aimed at minimizing the impact on the environment.

 

As part of the post-resettlement monitoring, KPO decided to green the courtyards of the houses built in Aksai.

Solution / action:

In October 2020, KPO Community Relations team visited a number of farms in West Qazaqstan Oblast to learn how to grow various types of trees, both leafy and fruit trees and how to select the seedlings.

Result:

On 20 October 2020, with support of Aksai Mayor’s Office KPO staff delivered 150 saplings of mountain ash, Tatar maple and poplar for planting in the backyard of Apartment Blocks #24 and #25 in microregion 10 in Aksai. The saplings were handed over to the head of the Condominium.
The Condominium went to spread the tree planting also in the backyard of the apartment block No. 4/6 on Druzhby Narodov Street. All mentioned apartment blocks had been built for the households resettled in phases 1 and 2.

 

The joint efforts of the KPO Community Relations team, Aksai Mayor and the Cooperative of Apartment Owners have paid off. The ex-villagers highly appreciated the initiative for landscaping their yards. Taking care of the planted trees is the contribution of each resident to the environmental protection and preservation of the ecosystem in the area.

Case study 3

CASE STUDY 3

MOVE OF THE MONUMENT FROM BEREZOVKA VILLAGE TO ARALTAL NEIGHBOURHOOD

Context:

As a part of the monitoring of the resettled community of Berezovka, the local residents requested the Сompany to help move the statue of the World War II (WWII) Soldier from Berezovka village to Aksai town of Burlin District.

Goal:

To keep historical memory of the former Berezovka village residents and their future generations

Solution / actions:

KPO allocated funds for full restoration of the statue and its move to the new location. The works on restoration of the statue and its pedestal with the carved names of 70 soldiers – participants of WWII, the residents of Berezovka Village (Burlin District of West Qazaqstan Oblast) were performed by Dmitriy Volkogonov from Uralsk, who is the Honoured Architect/Designer, a Member of International Designers’ Association.

 

The new location for the statue was chosen by an initiative group consisting of the former residents of Berezovka and the representatives from local authorities and KPO. They decided to place the statue near the school in Araltal, where children from the former Berezovka study. A new public park will be developed there in the coming few years. The renovated statue of the WW II Soldier was relocated ahead of the 75th anniversary of Victory Day in the WWII, celebrated on 9th May 2020. This will hopefully be a meeting place for the former residents of Berezovka village.

Result:

Local authorities representatives, residents and mass media participated in the opening ceremony on 11th September 2019. Zulfiya Muzafarova, Community and Local Authority Relations Manager noted in her opening speech: “As a socially responsible business, KPO supports the state programme ‘Spiritual renewal’ aimed at preservation of the people’s cultural and historical heritage”.

Case study 4

CASE STUDY 4

HELP FROM THE VOLUNTEERS

Context / short description
of an issue
:

In context of the monitoring of socially vulnerable community members relocated from the former villages of Berezovka and Bestau, a KPO Community Liaison Specialist interacts with the residents, meeting with them individually and answering their phone calls and letters. During one of the trips to Araltal, the Community Liaison Specialist paid attention to the snow-covered path leading to the gate of an elderly woman living alone.

Goal:

Monitoring of vulnerable and low-income families is aimed at timely identification of problems that arise in the process of their adaptation to new conditions and solve them in cooperation with the competent local authorities in order to minimize the negative impact of resettlement.

Solution / actions:

In order to help the lonely woman remove the snow, KPO Specialist sent a photo of a snow-covered path to the Department of Employment and Social Programmes of the Burlin District that forwarded an application to volunteers of a local association. The boys responded immediately, and the next day the area was cleared off the snow. The help of volunteers from the Gold Volunteer Organization did not remain unnoticed. KPO invited them to its quarterly HSE Awards ceremony. At the ceremony, the volunteers were awarded with certificates and gifts.

Result:

Now the pensioner knows whom to call when she needs help. The youth organization of volunteers ‘Gold’ included the woman’s name into the list of persons who need assistance. In addition, both young people received encouragement from management, which is also an incentive for further work and a best example for other volunteers.