For Immediate Release
March 24, 2006
THE MANY “FACES” OF ARMENIA FUND USA’S PROJECTS
With its multifaceted programs and initiatives, the Fund’s
outreach and socio-economic impact continue to make a difference
in thousands of lives
NEW YORK, New York – Non-governmental organizations, working
hard to make a difference in lives of beneficiaries, can get caught
up in the day to day whirlwind of raising funds, strategic planning,
and program implementation in order to effect much-needed change.
In the course of ”good works”, it is important to guard that the
focus on statistics and dollar signs does not blur the reason
we are all working so passionately.
Armenia Fund USA (the Fund) is not an exception to this. As we
look back on the large-scale projects which have distinguished
the Fund and Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s other 18 worldwide affiliates,
we would like to share some of the “Faces” of those whose lives
have been forever changed by our programs and initiatives.
For example, look at the small village of Nor Getashen. Located
in the northern part of Nagorno-Karabakh, this village was partially
destroyed because of the Armenian-Azeri conflict which began in
1991. Fearing for their lives and those of their families, many
inhabitants scattered into Russia and other parts of the world.
But today, houses and the village school teem with laughter, songs
and smiles of men, women and children who have become the new
pioneers in their own homeland. And, contributing largely to the
repopulation of the village is the provision of safe drinking
water made possible by American-Armenian businessman Norman Miller’s
gift to Armenia Fund USA for a new water system.
Norman Miller (center)
visits Nor Getashen to see the waterways project his generosity
helped make a reality
While visiting the home of Varduhi Hakhumyan (left) and
her family (son on the left and great-grandchildren in the
center) with Mayor Alexander Nazarian (right)
In Stepanakert, the region’s capital, a once war-ravaged and
destroyed polyclinic will reopen as the new “Armine Pagoumian
Polyclinic and Diagnostic Center” in May 2006. Made possible
by American-Armenian business leader Mr. George Pagoumian, the
facility has state-of-the-art equipment and telemedicine technology,
and world class medical training designed by two leading U.S.
medical centers. The Polyclinic will not only ensure high-quality
medical and healthcare services for the region’s people but it
will, because of the advanced training and opportunity to develop
new skills, provide the clinic’s staff with increased job security
and advancement opportunities.
Doctor’s visit in Karabakh
Today it is not uncommon to see subsistence farm families struggling
to barely eek out a living from their small fields – with some
of these families living without, literally, any protein in their
daily diets. But through Armenia Fund USA’s Agricultural Initiative
many of these families will have an opportunity for a raised standard
of living. In May 2006, as part of a three-year, three-region
initiative, several hundred subsistence farmers in Haterk (Mardakert
region) will be invited to join the first Agricultural Development
Association (ADA). They will learn how the ADA will provide local
jobs and technical support, access to large farm equipment, and
small loans to help establish family businesses and expand agriculture
production of various products.
A local farmer working the land
Most importantly, the program will combat poverty in the region,
thus allowing the families to secure a more economically and stable
future for themselves and their homeland.
Armenia Fund USA, through the generous support of its donors,
continues touching lives of thousands of people in Armenia and
Karabakh. However, this is not only restricted to large-scale
projects, but also through smaller — but badly needed — projects
which have captured the vision of some of the Fund’s donors. In
their continuing commitment to effect social change, several have,
over the years, asked Armenia Fund USA to help facilitate their
gifts for projects such as the new program to institute preventative
measures against the threat of the Avian Influenza in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Other examples are the renovation of the heating system in Nork
orphanage in Yerevan.
In May 2006, Kevork Toroyan, Chairman, and Irina Lazarian, Executive
Director, will travel to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh to review
the progress of some recent initiatives. Winding their way from
village to village and city to city, they will once again assess
the overall economic impact and increased regional stability which
have helped shape the future of the region and its people.
But more than that, they will be able to see the “Faces” of the
projects and those who will benefit from the new initiatives.
They will shake the calloused hand of the aging grandmother who
works her small field manually; they will see children who are
now safe from once threatening water-borne diseases caused by
antiquated and contaminated pipelines; they will see farmers’
carts filled with produce heading to markets, now accessible by
the new North-South Highway, and they will celebrate as the doors
of the new Armine Pagoumian Polyclinic and Diagnostic Center
open to hundreds of people.
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