URALCHEM and Ziedot.lv Fund Sum up the Aid Programmes for Riga Schools and Announce the Start of the Second Phase of the Program for Ill Children

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URALCHEM and Ziedot.lv Fund Sum up the Aid Programmes for Riga
Schools and Announce the Start of the Second Phase of the Program
                         for Ill Children

  Since September 2012 URALCHEM has sent 260,000 Euros for ill children in
                               Latvia.

Riga, Latvia (October 8, 2013) – URALCHEM and the charity fund Ziedot.lv today
summed up the results of joint charitable programmes and announced the continuation
of their cooperation.

The Riga schools assistance program launched in February 2013, when URALCHEM
and Ziedot.lv entered into an agreement with two schools in the Vecmilgravis district of
Riga. Under the agreement, URALCHEM agreed to provide funding of more than 70
000 lats (about 100,000 euros), to be equally distributed between the schools. With this
money both schools equipped modern chemistry classrooms, purchased interactive
whiteboards and other necessary equipment and furniture, and carried out general
renewal and improvement works. In addition, one of the schools equipped its assembly
hall and technology classroom, and the other school purchased new equipment for the
kitchen. Fund Ziedot.lv provided organizational and administrative assistance with the
implementation of the project. All the work was completed as planned. On 4 October,
both schools held tours for specially invited guests and members of the media to show
off the work that had been done.
At the event, URALCHEM and Ziedot.lv announced the start of the second phase of
the joint programme of assistance for seriously ill children. Its first phase began in
September 2012. URALCHEM paid 80 million euros to help seriously ill children who
needed specific treatment or rehabilitation using leading Russian clinics. In the first
phase, assistance was provided for 22 families with children who needed help in the
treatment of conditions such as autism, visual recovery, cerebral palsy and
developmental delay. URALCHEM's financing covered the costs for accommodation
and treatment in 13 different clinics in Russia, including leading hospitals such as the
Children's Clinical Hospital in Moscow, the Bekhtereva Institute of the Human Brain in
St. Petersburg and the Kirov Clinic of Ophthalmology in St. Petersburg.




The second phase of the program will ensure that help to seriously ill children
continues. URALCHEM is to fund this phase to the amount of 80 thousand Euros.
Ziedot.lv has already started selecting participants for the programme and the
appropriate courses of treatment for them, based on the recommendations of doctors
and parents requests for financial assistance. It is planned that 23 families will receive
help during the second phase of the programme.

Dmitry Konyaev, CEO of URALCHEM, OJSC:
"URALCHEM continues to follow its principles and support social and charitable
programmes in the regions where the company has a presence. We started
cooperation with the Ziedot.lv fund a year ago, initially helping seriously ill children and
soon afterwards expanded our programme into assistance for schools. We can see
that both of these programmes are being successfully implemented, bringing real
benefits. We want to thank the Ziedot.lv fund and the schools authorities for their work
and we are pleased to continue our collaboration."

Ruta Dimanta, Head of the Fund Ziedot.lv:
"Fund Ziedot.lv is a long-established charitable organization in Latvia with a lot of
expertise in solving real-world problems and providing its partners with confidence that
their efforts will lead to positive changes. We are happy to work with URALCHEM and
we are glad that our experience allows us to jointly achieve real results. We will
continue to cooperate, making every effort to ensure that our projects stay successful."

Iveta Stivrinya - Headmaster:
"We have completed all the planned work before the start of the school year and we
are already seeing great interest in the new installations. For example, students like to
take tests using the remote voting system with its immediately visible results. The
newly equipped chemistry laboratory now allows students to perform a variety of
practical work that was previously impossible. It helps to diversify the learning process,
and children learn with great interest and pleasure. New desktops with special
machines in the technology classroom are also very popular. Interest in renewed
classrooms is shown not only by students, but also alumni of the school who participate
in various clubs. We hold school events, drama and dancing clubs in the assembly hall
with its new lighting and stage design systems. The concerts and other cultural events
in the hall are attended not only by the students, but also by residents of the
Vecmilgravis area. Therefore, the work that has been done is important not only for our
school, but for the entire district."

Boris Antonov - Headmaster:
"The new chemistry laboratory will give a good impetus for laboratory work and
chemistry research in school. The students' interest in chemistry will increase,
especially in high school. We expect that this will lead to good results at scientific
competitions. In addition, the interactive whiteboards, projectors and colour printers
have made it possible to conduct lessons on a modern, technical level. New equipment
in the kitchen has come in handy already in July, during the National Song and Dance
Celebration, and is now being actively used. The help from URALCHEM and the
Ziedot.lv fund is a good example how support can be provided for educational
institutions."

--Ends--

Reference Information
School No31 opened in 1952. It is located at 11 Skuyu St, Riga. The school has 50
teachers and more than 500 students. The teaching is conducted in Latvian.

School No46 was founded in 1954. It is located at 28 Skuyu St, Riga. The school has
56 teachers and more than 500 students. The teaching is conducted in Russia.

URALCHEM, OJSC is one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate
fertilisers in Russia and the CIS with production capacities of over 2.5 million
tonnes of ammonium nitrate, 2.8 million tonnes of ammonia, 0.8 million tonnes
of MAP and DAP, 0.8 million tonnes of complex fertilisers and 1.2 million tonnes
of urea. URALCHEM, OJSC is the second largest ammonium nitrate producer in
the world and number one in Russia, the second largest producer of nitrogen
fertilisers in Russia. Key production assets of URALCHEM, OJSC include Azot
Branch of URALCHEM, OJSC in Berezniki, Perm Region; OJSC Minudobrenia,
Perm; MFP Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works, OJSC Branch in Kirovo-Chepetsk,
Kirov region; Voskresensk Mineral Fertilisers, OJSC in Voskresensk, Moscow
region.

Contacts:
PR department
URALCHEM, OJSC
Tel: +7 (495) 721 89 89
E-Mail: pr@uralchem.com

Ilze Oshane
Ziedot.lv Fund
Head of communications
Mobile: 29400422
E-Mail: ilze@ziedot.lv

				
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