TCO employees and local cafe

featurefeeding frontline workers

Across the globe, doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals are working tirelessly to protect the people in their communities. In Atyrau, Kazakhstan, a small local business co-owned by Aidar Svyatov, business production planning manager at Tengizchevroil (TCO), wanted to do something to help, and colleagues at our joint venture TCO were quick to support his effort.

A month before the one-year anniversary of Brent Café in Atryau, the restaurant was affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. But instead of closing their doors, they used their business to help their community and keep their staff busy.

They started a campaign to raise funds to help feed medical workers responding on the frontline, many of whom were quarantined and would have to spend weeks without seeing their families.

“My imagination was running wild thinking of how hard it must be for all of the nurses and doctors. A 24/7 regiment without being able to see their families – it must be unimaginably hard. All while dealing with the pandemic. My mind started racing through ideas of how we could lend a hand, and it dawned on me that my partners and I could create a donation fund to provide food. So, we did.”

Aidar Svyatov

TCO Business Production Planning Manager and co-owner of Brent Café

Employees from TCO were among the first to support the effort, donating funds and working with the café to spread word of the campaign across the organization and to other companies. In just one week, donations from TCO employees alone helped Brent Café provide more than 700 meals to healthcare heroes.

more than 1,600 meals provided in one month

In a time when many people were without jobs or steady sources of income, finding donations is the biggest obstacle to the effort, but the partnership between TCO and Brent Café has played a key role in the fundraising campaign’s ongoing success.

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Published: May 2020