For Immediate Release
April 21, 2006
ARMENIA FUND USA AIDS “CHILDREN’S HOME” ORPHANAGE
Providing much needed heating system restoration and infrastructure
support to the “Children’s Home” orphanage in Yerevan, Armenia
NEW YORK, New York – Armenia Fund USA (Fund), East Coast Affiliate
of Hayastan Himnadram All-Armenian Fund, is pleased to announce
the successful implementation of a much needed heating system
restoration project in “Children’s Home” orphanage, Yerevan, Armenia.
Having started in November of last year, the project was brought
to its successful completion in January of 2006 through the generous
contribution of Mr. Agop Giritliyan. With project implementation
support from Armenia Fund USA’s Armenian affiliate, Hayastan All-Armenian
Fund, the heating system’s restoration was completed in January
Constructed in 1937 and currently located in the district of
Nork, “Children’s Home” orphanage in Yerevan has been intended
for children aged 6 years and under. Today, it gives shelter to
about 80 children, with an average of 150 children annually passing
through its portals. Once children reach the age of 6, they are
relocated to other orphanages (mankadoons) throughout Yerevan,
Gavar, and other towns. When necessary, the mankadoon in Gyumri,
which specializes in the care of children with various neurological
illnesses and disabilities, is accessed for those children with
Children's performance at
Yerevan winters can be brutally cold with the winds of the surrounding
Ararat and Aragats mountains piercing Soviet-era stone structures
which house most of the city’s institutionalized children. But
with their hands tied by the socio-economic realities of a recovering
Armenia, many orphanages struggle daily with critical needs such
as overcrowding, poor plumbing/sanitation, and lack of heat.
That is why Liana Karapetian, director of the “Children’s Home”,
was so grateful when Armenia Fund USA – through the generosity
of Agop Giritliyan- was able to come alongside the “Children’s
Home” in order to address the serious need of a reliable heating
system. The outdated system from Soviet times had not been working
since 1989, and repairing it would have cost more than developing
a new system for the orphanage. Challenged to sufficiently heat
the home for the children — aged 0–6 years, Director Liana Karapetian
had previously been forced to rely on electricity — which then
presented severe budgetary challenges. But now, through Agop Giritliyan’s
gift and Armenia Fund USA’s efforts, a brand-new system utilizes
natural gas- a more economical and reliable resource for heat.
On behalf of the staff, management and children, “Children’s
Home” director Liana Karapetian expressed her gratitude to Armenia
Fund USA and the Giritliyan family, as well as to Hayastan Himnadram,
for the sincere compassion and concern for the children’s well-being
in cold winter.
A little girl, performing
a traditional Armenian dance at Nork Orphanage
Also, on the occasion of the successful completion of the project,
Naira Melkoumian, executive director/Hayastan Himnadram, visited
the orphanage. She announced Himnadram’s interest in undertaking
another project at the orphanage – this time directed toward repairing
the roof of the building.
Armenia Fund USA’s has distinguished itself by implementing projects
ranging from grassroots development projects to specific problem-solving
initiatives. With the support of its donors and constituents,
the Fund will continue in its mission of improving Armenian lives
by building foundations that will sustain the economic growth
and stability of the country and its 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
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or call us at 212-689-5307.
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