October 1, 2005
ARMENIA FUND USA’S FUNDRAISING PHONATHON 2005, RINGING SUCCESS
FOR THE REBIRTH OF ARTSAKH
The date of Armenia Fund USA's annual fundraising Phonathon
NEW YORK, New York, October 1, 2005 – Armenia Fund USA, East
Coast Affiliate of Hayastan Himnadram, is delighted to announce
the date of its annual fundraising Phonathon 2005. On November
17-20, Armenia Fund USA will be hosting over 35 volunteers – Armenian
and non-Armenian, to participate in this exciting event and assist
in making the phonathon a success. Phonathon 2005 is one of many
major fundraising initiatives launched by the organization and
serves the purpose of raising funds for the support of Rebirth
of Artsakh – a three-year, three-phase Regional Development
Program aimed at providing large-scale infrastructure and economic
development for Nagorno-Karabakh. The Program will entail the
building of educational and healthcare institutions, housing,
drinking water schemes, access roads and an agricultural initiative
for three major regions in Nagorno-Karabakh starting with the
The Fund will also be sponsoring various regional and special
events that will give donors and other supporters an opportunity
to learn more about the new focus of the organization’s mission.
Armenia Fund USA volunteers, an enthusiastic group of young people,
will contact Armenia Fund USA’s donors and friends and ask for
pledges and donations. They will answer their questions and spread
the word about the new initiative undertaken by Armenia Fund USA.
Volunteers participating in the Phonathon, especially some of
whom have had experiences visiting Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh,
are very passionate to be able to donate some of their time during
those 4 days and support the Phonathon team.
All funds donated through the Phonathon this year will go directly
towards the Agricultural Initiative, the economics underpinning
of the Rebirth of Artsakh Regional Development Program.
The Agricultural Initiative is a three-region project to develop
the agricultural economy of Karabakh. Armenia Fund USA will share
the agricultural component of the Regional Development Program
– a strategic initiative that is expected to bring long-term sustainable
development for the region. Funds raised during the Phonathon
2005 will go towards establishing Agricultural Development Associations
(ADAs) throughout the Mardakert region. These ADAs will set up
facilities to own, maintain and operate various types of appropriate
farm equipment and provide mechanized services to farmers, to
work the land at affordable rates. The ADAs will provide a technology
package including access to farm equipment (tractors,
harvesters, haying) along with other support elements such as
fertilizer, plus training in farm management and animal husbandry.
The Agricultural Initiative for the Mardakert region alone requires
$2.5 million funding to serve the region’s 20,000 population.
Armenia Fund USA welcomes the opportunity the annual Telethon
provides as a great way of communicating to our donors – past
and present- about differences they have made as we share the
success stories made possible by their generosity.
After secession from the USSR and its liberation, Nagorno-Karabakh
has become an internationally unrecognized territory having no
rights to official statehood. This considerably impacts the recovery
efforts of an already war-torn region, as Karabakh cannot receive
international aid from intergovernmental and regional organizations
as the United Nations and the European Union, and receives no
assistance from such specialized development programs as the United
Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank. Because
of this, Nagorno-Karabakh has been left to fight for its survival
alone in order to sustain the land that was liberated at great
human cost. This is why the necessity of supporting the region
has fallen on the shoulders of the newly independent Republic
and the Armenian Diaspora.
The development support to Nagorno-Karabakh is critical and urgent.
Thus, let us hope that such major fundraising initiatives as Phonathon
2005 will give us an opportunity to bring hope to people who await
it. Pick up your phones when you hear a ring of hope for Artsakh
and its people by one of our volunteers!
ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: ARMENIA
FUND USA, founded in 1992, was the first of Hayastan All-Armenian
Fund’s 19 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 constituents.
Armenia Fund USA is the largest contributor among the 19 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 visit
our website at
or call us at 212-689-5307.
Armenia Fund USA
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 301
New York, NY 10038