"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
The purpose of the trip:
Uzbekistan is the most populated country in Central Asia and it touches all borders of all the "Stans". Therefore it plays a key role in the stabilization of that region. Since 1991, the United States and Uzbekistan have created a strong partnership, especially in the areas of foreign policy and security. The terrorist attacks against the U. S. on September 11, 2001, has strengthened Uzbekistan's commitment to playing a key role toward the stabilization of Central Asia.
The U. S. State Department has requested that Heart to Heart International, a humanitarian relief and development organization, deliver humanitarian aid, in the form of medicines and medical training, to needy areas throughout Uzbekistan. A C-17 cargo plane has been made available to deliver the medications and supplies. Cities that Heart to Heart will be visiting are: Tashkent, Andijon, Samarkland, Qarshi, Bukarah, Nukus and Urgench.
For more information about Heart to Heart, please visit www.hearttoheart.org.
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Population: Approximately 25,000,000
Official name: Republic of Uzbekistan
The name "Uzbekistan" comes from the name of one of its former rulers Özbeg (Uzbek), who was a descendent of Ghengis Kahn. "Stan" means "place". So, Uzbekistan means "Uzbek's Place."
Size: About the size of California
Language: Uzbek is the official language.
Other spoken languages include, Tajik and Russian. The written language has changed four times, from Arabic to Latin, then Iranian to Cyrillic. The government is now planning to replace the Cyrillic alphabet with the Latin alphabet.
Time zone: GMT +5. It is 11 hours ahead of my time zone in Kansas City, Missouri.
Currency: In 1994, Uzbekistan introduced the som (sum) (soum).
Education: Children are required to begin school at age 6, though some children start earlier. They must complete 9 years of schooling, then may go on to a career, trade school or prepare to go on to university. The literacy rate is 99 percent.