Yntymak Community Development Program

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The Tengizchevroil (TCO) Yntymak Community Development Program provides opportunities for employees, their families, and community members to volunteer on service projects and skills-based activities with institutions in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. The program, also known as Yntymak meaning “unity” in the Kazakh language, has been highly successful in engaging TCO employees and family members, developing future leaders, enhancing TCO’s reputation, building the NGOs’ organizational capacity, and serving the local community. The program enables TCO to interact with individual community members by organizing and participating in volunteer marathons, leading trainings, and mentoring students.

The Yntymak Program Impact


Engaged in a variety of community-based volunteer and educational activities

4,688 HOURS

Total time Tengizchevroil employees and community volunteers spent on volunteer service

3,338 YOUTH

Were direct beneficiaries of TCO programs


Total value of 2015 contributions collected by volunteers and distributed to local communities

The Yntymak program works to stimulate collective action and address community needs in Atyrau and Kulsary, Kazakhstan through the volunteer support of Tengizchevroil employees and direct technical assistance. Yntymak, meaning “unity” in the Kazakh language, has been highly successful in engaging employees and family members to directly serve communities in Tengizchevroil-based locations.

In the Atyrau region of Kazakhstan, there continues to be a skills gap between the public and private sectors. Non-profits, universities, business associations, and public schools lag with regard to professional and organizational capacities. Due to these constraints, NGOs are often unable to meet the increasingly complex needs of local communities.

PYXERA Global conducted a needs assessment amongst various stakeholders, including local government, primary and secondary schools, universities, local and international non-profit organizations, and community members in order to identify high priority needs and develop an action plan.

As a result, Tengizchevroil volunteers initiated and implemented a number of projects including English Language Classes at the Oil and Gas Institute, STEM-education activities, a childhood development program at the Adaptation Center, a signature “Save the Baby Fish” campaign, and donations of clothes and books.

To ensure program sustainability, PYXERA Global works to strengthen the capacity of local non-profit organizations and community groups via training and technical assistance. The program has seen immense success in creating linkages between Tengizchevroil volunteers and non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and individual community members. To date, more than 418 volunteers have spent 4,688 hours engaging in service marathons, delivering trainings, and mentoring youth.

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