For Immediate Release
March 31, 2007
ARMENIA FUND USA AND HEIFER INTERNATIONAL REPORT PROGRESS ON
JOINT PROJECT IN MARDAKERT
NEW YORK, New York – Armenia Fund USA is
pleased to announce that the joint initiative implemented in partnership
with Heifer International reports progress in Mardakert region
of Karabakh. Rebuilding
Lives in Mardakert started in July 2006 as a pilot project
to help families overcome socio-economic hardships and increase
agricultural resources through provision of adequate agricultural
inputs and training in farming practices. Today, Heifer Caucasus
Regional Office reports significant progress in the socio-economic
conditions of beneficiary families in the villages of Talish,
Mokhratagh, Jankatagh and Vardadzor involved in the program.
By 2009, families will have
improved their family nutrition by at least 40% and socio-economic
conditions by at least 20%
After a careful needs assessment, 57 families were selected to
receive pregnant cows with the premise that the calves will be
passed on to other families expanding the scope of the project.
Adoption of best practices and passing on a gift are two essential
cornerstones of Heifer International, an international non-profit
organization that combats poverty through self-reliance and sustainability.
Based on program estimates, by the end of 2009, all the beneficiary
families will have improved their family nutrition by at least
40% and socio-economic conditions by at least 20%.
The villages were chosen based on necessity and socio-economic
well-being. Mardakert region suffered a devastating war in 1994,
and the social infrastructure of the communities was destroyed.
A great number of families lost their labor force and ability
to sustain minimal living conditions. The overwhelming majority
of the population is unemployed, and the only means of survival
Armenia Fund USA’s partnership with Heifer is part of a larger
initiative – Regional Development of Karabakh that was
launched in 2005. The large-scale program is on-going and aims
at reviving rural communities through the establishment of agricultural
development associations that provide technical support and improved
agricultural practices. It involves rebuilding irrigation and
drinking water systems, rehabilitation of schools and medical
facilities, and reconstruction of access roads.
ABOUT 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. The Fund has adopted a policy to go “Beyond Bricks and
Mortar” to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.
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