For Immediate Release
October 15, 2005
Contact: Arpiné Kocharyan
Tel: (212) 689-5307
ARMENIA FUND USA HOSTS
“AUTUMN HARVEST CELEBRATION”
To Benefit the Drinking Water Rehabilitation Program
NEW YORK, New York - October 1st,
2005 Armenia Fund USA, East Coast Affiliate of Hayastan
Himnadram, held an “Autumn Harvest Celebration”
in Cos Cob, Connecticut. Hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Colin and
Nectar Munro in their home, the dinner and cocktails evening
was organized to benefit the Drinking Water Rehabilitation
Program in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. Many distinguished
guests enjoyed the gracious hospitability of Mr. and Mrs.
Munro, and it was a great opportunity for Armenia Fund USA,
its contributors and friends to share their vision of helping
bring fresh water to the people of Stepanakert. The event
was also informative and guests were presented a summary of
the Drinking Water Rehabilitation Project and progress
of the project thus far in Stepanakert. The Chairman of Armenia
Fund USA, Mr. Kevork Toroyan, shared with guests the future
undertakings and projects of the organization. He talked about
the Agricultural Initiative - one of the major components
of the Regional Development Program that will be implemented
in the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia Fund USA wants to extend its gratitude to all those
who gave and made the evening a success with more than $17,00
raised in support of the Water Rehabilitation Project in
Stepanakert. And the Fund wants to especially thank the
committee and volunteers to whom the evening’s success
is due largely to their extraordinary gift of time and talents.
Our gratitude to Mrs. Artemis Nazerian, Mrs. Hilda Melconian,
Mrs. Linda Chirinian, Mrs. Nectar Munro and Mrs. Lena Kalayjian.
Their commitment and involvement were a great help towards
Armenia Fund USA’s efforts to organize the event.
Drinking water, being one of the essential pillars of a healthy
society, conditions the well being and proper functioning
of every society. Much of the current water distribution system
in Stepanakert is antiquated and has been severely damaged
because of lack of proper government supervision during post-Soviet
years. The focus of the Project will provide a long term and
self sustaining solution to the scarcity of drinking water
and water sanitation that plagues the inhabitants of these
regions in Armenia and Karabakh. Thus, three of the most important
objectives of the project include: 1) rehabilitation of the
water distribution system bringing it up to modern standards;
2) the provision of residents of Stepanakert with adequate
and sanitary water supplies and 3) easing the burden of schoolchildren
and the elderly by redeeming the time they spend daily collecting
About $90,000 was raised through various regional events
in Boston, Detroit and Chicago by Armenia Fund USA in 2004.
The on-going project requires an additional $200,000 to insure
uninterrupted progress of the implementation process.
ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: ARMENIA FUND USA, founded
in 1992, was the first of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s
18 international affiliates and serves constituents in all
states east of the Mississippi. As a non-profit, non-governmental,
nonsectarian organization, the Fund represents all Armenian
Armenia Fund USA is the largest contributor among the 18 international
affiliates - supporting strategic infrastructure projects
in Armenia and Karabakh, and having helped build 138 miles
of roads, 100 miles of waterways, 36 schools, 3 electric transmission
networks, 210 residential buildings and 15 healthcare institutions.
Armenia Fund USA’s Mission is the development
of strategic socio-economic infrastructure in Armenia and
Karabakh, focusing on major projects such as major highways,
schools, drinking water to communities and humanitarian programs
in education, training and medical facilities. The Fund has
adopted a policy to go “Beyond Bricks and Mortar”
to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.
To learn more about Armenia Fund USA, please
go to our website at www.ArmeniaFundUSA.org
or call us at 212-689-5307.
Armenia Fund USA, 152 Madison Ave., Suite 803,
New York, NY 10016