For Immediate Release
March 10, 2006
ARMENIA FUND USA ANNOUNCES OPERATION BLESSING INTERNATIONAL’S
DONATION OF $569,000 OF MEDICINES
United Armenian Fund Makes their safe arrival and distribution
possible for Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh
NEW YORK, New York – Armenia Fund USA is pleased to announce
the generous donation of medicines valued at $569,000 for medical
centers and healthcare providers in the Republic of Armenia and
Nagorno-Karabakh. The humanitarian aid provided by Operation Blessing
International of Virginia Beach, VA includes much-needed, high
quality medicines- including antibiotics- which are often unavailable
and cost-prohibitive to obtain. Founded in 1978, Operation Blessing
International is a non-profit relief and development organization
dedicated to bringing hope to millions through hunger relief,
medical care, outreach programs, and disaster relief.
Armenia Fund USA’s partnership with Operation Blessing International
spreads a powerful message of caring and humanitarian relief and
make it possible to reach those in need.
Additionally, Armenia Fund USA is indebted to United Armenian
Fund (UAF). For the third time in recent months, UAF made it possible
to ship free of charge items critically needed for the well-being
and survival of the Armenian people in the homelands. This time
the shipment, which weighs more than 6,000 pounds, is destined
for polyclinics and medical centers throughout Armenia and Karabakh.
United Armenian Fund, through its humanitarian services and strong
relationship with respective government authorities, was vital
to securing both the clearance of the medications by the Ministries
of Health of both Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh and, ultimately,
their transport from Operation Blessing International’s warehouses
in Virginia to Yerevan, Armenia through UAF’s 137th humanitarian
airlift scheduled to arrive in mid-March.
The Ministries of Health of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh have
each expressed their appreciation to Armenia Fund USA, Operation
Blessing International and the United Armenian Fund for making
this humanitarian relief available. A great support to the region
striving to improve their healthcare systems, the medications
will be available to medical facilities like Armenia Fund USA’s
newly-constructed Armine Pagoumian Polyclinic and Diagnostic
Center in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. Located in the region’s
capital and replacing the previous Soviet-era clinic that was
seriously damaged during the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, it
is the first and only full care outpatient medical center in Nagorno-Karabakh.
About Armenia Fund USA: Armenia Fund USA, founded
in 1992, was one of 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.
About Operation Blessing International: Founded
in 1978, Operation Blessing International is a 501(c )(3) faith-based,
non-profit relief and development organization dedicated to bringing
hope to millions through hunger relief, medical care, outreach
programs, and disaster relief. Since inception, it has touched
the lives of more than 184.9 million people in 96 countries and
all 50 states, providing goods and services valued at more than
About United Armenia Fund: Founded in 1989 and
based in Glendale, CA, the United Armenia Fund 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. To date, UAF has sponsored and prepared
136 airlifts and delivered over $428 million of aid to Armenia.
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