Among the 102 faces are 13 sportsmen, 18 scientists, 10 figures of culture, 18 medical workers, 13 business persons and 30 social workers. Their names and stories of strength, inspiration and success can be found at 100esim.el.kz.
Some of them gave a speech during the meeting held on the Day of First President. They shared their challenges and achievements.
Twenty-three year old scientist Maulen Bekturganov from Almaty produces bionic arm prostheses, making a breakthrough in Kazakhstan’s science to help people return to full-fledged life without leaving their homeland.
“After graduating the Physics and Mathematics School, I began to study robotics. A few years ago, I caught sight of the statistics that more than 14,000 people need prosthetics in Kazakhstan. This figure struck me and I wanted to fix it,” he said.
This year, he founded the MBionics company, where he and his colleagues are working on the development of new versions of bionic prostheses. He plans to work on a similar development of the elbow, shoulders mechanism and other extremities. Bekturganov hopes that by applying new technologies, he can make people’s lives much more comfortable.
A native of Uralsk, 32, Saida Kalykova is the soloist of the State Academic Philharmonic of Astana. Kalykova was an unusual child. At seven years, she entered the music school without her parents’ permission. Having quickly mastered the musical notation, she began playing the piano. But in 1994, after brain surgery she lost her sight. Nevertheless, she continued to study music. At the age of 13, she gave her first musical concert and at the age of 15 she presented her first musical works.
“Music became the meaning of my life. I hope my story will motivate people to be happy. I think that we should never give up. We must always go forward,” she told the President and meeting participants.
One more story was told by a doctor who treats the youngest patients, babies. Heart surgeon Gulzhan Sarsenbayeva, 42, was among those who conducted pioneer research in the development of paediatric heart surgery in Kazakhstan. Just a few years ago, many Kazakhstan citizens took their children with heart defects to foreign clinics. Now, such surgeries can be conducted in the country.
“I always visit maternity homes, regional hospitals, I can work on Saturdays and Sundays. But I do not feel tired. When a person loves his work, this gives him some energy. The life of a young child is in our hands. For us, it’s a great happiness to see healthy and strong kids who were ill, and, most importantly, to see the happy eyes of parents,” she said.