For Immediate Release
October 24, 2005
ARMENIA FUND USA THANKS UNITED ARMENIAN FUND FOR HUMANITARIAN
AID SHIPPING ASSISTANCE
For the second time in 3 Months, the Armine Pagoumian Polyclinic
and Diagnostic Center Receives Critically-Needed Supplies with
the Help of UAF
NEW YORK, New York - For the second time in three months, United
Armenian Fund (UAF) has come to the aid of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh
by making it possible for Armenia Fund USA to ship free
of charge those items critically needed for their well-being and
survival. This time the shipment is over $400,000 in medical supplies
and equipment destined for the Armine Pagoumian Polyclinic and
Diagnostic Center, a healthcare facility located in Stepanakert,
Nagorno-Karabakh and made a reality only because of the donors
of Armenia Fund USA. The medical supplies and equipment donated
by Project C.U.R.E. of Centennial, Colorado, are critical to the
day-to-day operations of this new Polyclinic and include examining
tables and gurneys as well as smaller day-to-day items. But, even
though the items were donated, the shipping costs would have proven
to be prohibitive without the generous “paid in full” shipping
costs that were underwritten by the United Armenian Fund.
The medical supplies and equipment warehoused in Tennessee and
earmarked for Armenia completely filled one 40-foot ocean cargo
container and weighed more than 23,000 pounds (11 ½ tons!)...
a mammoth logistical challenge for Armenia Fund USA, based in
New York City. But with the help of Project C.U.R.E.’s Nashville
volunteers, the 40- foot ocean cargo container provided by United
Armenian Fund, was loaded [Saturday, October 22] and sent on its
way on October 24th. After winding its way over more than 500
miles of rolling hills and farmlands of the southern United States,
the container will board a ship in Charleston, South Carolina
and begin its long voyage of almost 6,000 miles. At the end of
its journey, much-needed medical supplies will arrive to a mountainous
and remote region of the world that is still recovering from years
of war of the post-Soviet era.
Additionally, on its 134th Airlift in late July 2005, United
Armenian Fund, based in Glendale, California, transported much-needed
Window Screen Kits, valued at over $2,300, to Armenia. With hammers
ready, carpenters waited anxiously for these much-needed screens
knowing their installation was critical in order to attain the
hygiene and sanitation standards set forth by Armenia Fund USA
for the new state-of-the-art outpatient medical facility’s impending
opening in late fall 2005. The workmen were not disappointed and
the screens are now installed!
The UAF is the collective effort of the Armenian Assembly
of America, the Armenian General Benevolent Union, the Armenian
Missionary Association of America, the Armenian Relief Society,
the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, the Prelacy of
the Armenian Apostolic Church of America and the Lincy Foundation.
For more information, contact the UAF office at 1101 North Pacific
Avenue, Suite 301, Glendale, CA 91202 or call (818) 241-8900.
About Project C.U.R.E.: For more information about Project
C.U.R.E. and its generous gift to Armenia Fund USA’s work in Karabakh,
contact Arpiné Kocharyan, Armenia Fund USA, for a copy of the
September 2, 2005 press release.
About the Armine Pagoumian Polyclinic and Diagnostic Center:
The Armine Pagoumian Polyclinic and Diagnostic Center was
funded by a U.S. businessman in memory of his aunt. The Polyclinic,
one of the Fund’s major initiatives, has created a strong, long-term
quality/state-of-the-art outpatient healthcare center in the conflict-torn
region of Nagorno-Karabakh. For more information about this project,
contact Arpiné Kocharyan at Armenia Fund USA.
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 constituents.
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 visit
our website at
or call us at 212-689-5307.