For Immediate Release
April 7, 2006
CHARLES AZNAVOUR AND BARONESS CAROLYN COX SUPPORT ARMENIA FUND
USA’S PHONATHON 2006, APRIL 27-30, 2006
A message in your homes from two great philanthropists and
supporters of Armenia
NEW YORK, New York – Armenia Fund USA (Fund), East Coast Affiliate
of Hayastan Himnadram All-Armenian Fund, is pleased to announce
that France’s most famed singer Charles Aznavour and Baroness
Carolyn Cox of the British House of Lords have given their support
to the Fund’s Phonathon 2006 that will be conducted on April 27th
through 30th, 2006. With their messages of appeal delivered straight
to many home phones, the fundraising campaign will benefit the
Agricultural Initiative for Haterk farmers in Mardakert
region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Fund has taken the lead among the 18 worldwide affiliates
of Hayastan Himnadram in the implementation of the Agricultural
Initiative of the larger, more comprehensive “Rebirth of Artsakh”
Regional Development Program. (The other components of the larger
program include medical facilities, auxiliary roads, water distribution
projects, education and housing).
As part of the Fund’s awareness and fundraising campaign, French-Armenian
singer Charles Aznavour and Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury,
Deputy Speaker of the British House of Lords, and have given their
encouraging support and endorsement to the recently launched Agricultural
Initiative. The initiative is a three-year, three region development
plan designed to help farmers in Nagorno-Karabakh move from subsistence
farming to export production in order to economically strengthen
both themselves as well as to stabilize the region economically.
With these changes, they will move beyond producing only enough
to feed their families - thereby improving their families’ health;
providing for their families’ educational and day-to-day needs;
and increasing their production of quality agricultural goods.
Charles Aznavour, one of France’s most popular singers, songwriters
and actors, is a philanthropist and a well-known supporter of
Armenian causes. He has stood beside the Armenian people since
the disastrous earthquake of 1988 and delivered humanitarian aid
to the devastated towns and villages in Armenia. Charles Aznavour
has been honored with a statue in Gyumri, Armenia in recognition
of his outstanding humanitarianism towards people of Armenia.
What makes this honor even greater is that it was the first time
in Armenia a statue was erected for an honoree while that person
was still alive!
Baroness Caroline Cox - member of the British House of Lords,
human rights advocate, head of Christian Solidarity Worldwide-
is also a staunch supporter of Armenia and Karabakh, having made
more than 60 trips there since the Soviet Union’s collapse in
The Fund, in cooperation with Hayastan Himnadram’s Yerevan affiliate
and the Nagorno-Karabakh government, will establish Agricultural
Development Associations (ADAs). Starting with Haterk, the ADAs
modern agricultural equipment and technology to farmers who, by
becoming members of the ADA, will have access to discount rates
for fertilizers, seeds, tractors, etc. in order to work the land
at affordable rates. The program’s initial goal is to substantially
improve the overall agricultural productivity of Karabakh farmers;
and the ultimate goal is to reduce rural poverty in the region.
Armenia Fund USA volunteers
conducting the fundraising Phonathon
During April 27th-30th, Armenia Fund USA with the help of its
enthusiastic group of volunteers - eager to make a difference-
will conduct follow-up calls and take pledges from donors wishing
to help the Fund in its efforts to combat rural poverty in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The volunteers will answer their questions and spread the word
about the Agricultural Initiative. Volunteers participating
in Phonathon 2006, especially those who have visited Armenia and
Nagorno-Karabakh, are very passionate about donating their time
during those 4 days to support the campaign.
If you would like to be part of Phonathon 2006, please call us
at 212-689-5307, or e-mail: [email protected]
We need your help!
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