For Immediate Release
December 30, 2005
ARMENIA FUND USA: 2005 IN RETROSPECT
Armenia’s largest Regional Development Initiative launched
in 2005 with implementation beginning in 2006!
NEW YORK, New York – Armenia Fund USA, East Coast Affiliate of
Hayastan Himnadram, is pleased to report that the year of 2005
was marked by challenges, great successes, changes, improvements
and new bold undertakings for the organization. The compassion
and support of our donors and friends have made possible the initiation
of an impressive range of major large-scale infrastructure projects.
To date, the investments of our donors have produced practical
and visible results: the successful completion of many initiatives
has set the stage for a major shift from funding separate projects
to a more holistic development approach – a three-year regional
development initiative put forward and approved by 19 affiliates
of Hayastan Himnadram at the annual meeting in the summer of 2005.
Over the last several years Armenia Fund USA has largely contributed
to the construction of the two major highways linking the region
at most important economics crossroads – Goris-Stepanakert Highway,
41 miles of road allowing exchange between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh
and providing people with food, basic supplies and equipment,
and North-South Highway that, when completed, will link over 100
towns and villages via the capital of Stepanakert. The road, often
referred to as, the “backbone” of Karabakh is uniting the entire
region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
2005 was also a year of bold medical initiatives: the Armine
Pagoumian Polyclinic and Diagnostic Center of Stepanakert, which
will open soon, has the unique distinction of being the only medical
facility in the region that the population can rely on in case
of medical emergencies and for preventive care in the region.
Armenia Fund USA has provided training as well as technology equipment,
including ultrasound x-ray, ECG, EEG, and MRI equipment.
Waterways initiative funded by donors to provide drinking water
to some of the rural villages in Nagorno-Karabakh has been another
crucial project. Since the economic turmoil that was caused by
the war with Azerbaijan and the blockade that followed, the people
of Nagorno- Karabakh have struggled daily with water issues which
seriously endanger their health and hamper the economic development
of the region. The Waterways Initiative launched by Armenia Fund
USA focuses on reconstruction and development of effective and
sustainable waterway systems and pipelines in several villages.
The people of Nagorno-Karabakh, heavily dependent upon agriculture
economically, rely on irrigation to water their firms and garden,
and need a safe clean resource of water for consumption.
The North South Highway, near completion, has become the economic
backbone of Nagorno-Karabakh providing a transport system by which
farmers can get to market, and industrial imports and exports
can efficiently move through the region. But even with this the
economy of Nagorno-Karabakh needs a major boost to reduce poverty
in the country and open new roads leading towards self-sustainable
development and economic mobility. This is one of the major reasons
why all 19 affiliates of Hayastan Himnadram unanimously agreed
to launch the Rebirth of Artsakh, a three-region, three-year regional
development program. The main components of this comprehensive
strategic plan – agriculture, housing, medical facilities and
schools are designed to provide self-sufficient and sustainable
economic development. Since the economy of Karabakh is so much
dependent on agriculture, the Agro-Initiative, spearheaded by
Armenia Fund USA, will provide critically needed support to subsistence
farmers to help them move from mere existence to sustainable economic
Armenia Fund USA has set the stage for a broad agricultural assistance
program in the Nagorno-Karabakh, aimed specifically at improving
the lot of subsistence farmers and, through them, developing the
region’s agricultural riches. The Agricultural Initiative, the
economics underpinning of the Rebirth of Artsakh Regional Development
Program, has chosen Mardakert as the first of three regions in
which to develop the agricultural economy of Karabakh.
Starting in 2006, Agricultural Development Associations (ADAs)
will be established 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 full program of the Agricultural Initiative for
the Mardakert region alone requires $3.0 million funding to serve
the region’s population of 17,000.
Armenia Fund USA has also launched several fundraising initiatives
in 2005, the traditional Thanksgiving telethon, a phonathon that
was conducted with help of Armenia Fund USA’s volunteers, fundraising
events and a dinner hosting the president of Nagorno-Karabakh,
Mr. Arkady Ghoukassian. These undertakings helped not only raise
funds for many of the projects that are still ongoing or are planned
to be launched in 2006, but also be close to the Armenian community
involving them in all of the organization’s life-changing initiatives.
The strong determination of Armenia Fund USA and its supporters
to continue the expansion of current projects and initiatives
has been the driving force behind continued success and expectations
for the coming 2006 year. With the help of our supporters, we
are optimistic and hold to the hope that the coming year will
result in even better results for a thriving future for Karabakh
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