A new life
Nazarova says she already feels the benefits of the time she has spent in Araltal.
Located just 5km from the town of Aksai in northwestern Kazakhstan, Araltal has good access to shops, hospitals and employment opportunities but still retains a village feel, with garden plots for each house.
As part of its commitment to the resettlement process, KPO and partners have also funded the construction of a new school and kindergarten, where half the places will be available to residents of the relocation.
Each family was provided with a moving allowance of $1000 per household in addition to $200 per person. Residents were also compensated for any property that could not be moved in the resettlement.
KPO and partners will continue to consult with the affected residents and local authorities to ensure people thrive in their new home.
Every move has its challenges. For Nazarova, who will upgrade from her former two-room apartment to a house, being located further away from her mother’s grave is difficult.
Svetlana Geimur, 43, is also moving from Berezovka. Despite feeling nervous about the big change in her life, she is pleased that the residents have been kept informed with regular consultations.
“We are comfortable with this. We are resettling together with others from our village and many people from there will be next to us as neighbours.”
Geimur has now planted trees around her new house in Araltal. “My hope for the future is that everything will be better and we will get new opportunities.”