For Immediate Release
July 20, 2007
1992–2007: Celebrating 15 years of nation-building in Armenia
ARMENIA FUND 1993–1994
NEW YORK, New York — The year 2007 marks the 15th Anniversary
of Armenia Fund, a pillar organization created after Armenia’s
independence and mandated with the vital task of uniting all Armenians
around the world to direct efforts toward development and revival
of the nation. For 15 years the Fund, with its 19 affiliates across
the globe, has touched countless lives in Armenia and Karabakh.
Combining aid, development and direct investment, Armenia Fund
has engaged Armenia’s leaders, its people and the worldwide Diaspora
to promote education, create jobs, improve public health and develop
infrastructure, among other critical humanitarian needs. Today,
Armenia Fund’s contributions to social and economic prosperity
of Armenia and Karabakh are unprecedented.
The 15th Anniversary of Armenia Fund is a celebration of the
past, present and future of the Armenian people. It is a celebration
of overcoming challenges by working together. Above all, it is
a celebration of humanity, courage and hope.
Yet, 15 years ago…
ARMENIA FUND 1993 – 1994
“A wonderful opportunity is given to our nation if we are
able to appreciate that opportunity. The name of that opportunity
is ‘Armenia Fund’ – the hub that so closely connects Armenia with
the Diaspora giving our organization a nation-building task. I
call upon our sons and daughters in different parts of the world.
If you want to see a strengthened Armenia – this is the time.
This is the time to direct our words and deeds towards one aim
– reviving our beloved Motherland”. These are the words with
which Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin
I addressed the first assembly of trustees of Armenia Fund in
Following the Spitak
1988 earthquake, Armenia Fund directed its efforts to building
close to 3,000 apartments in the Earthquake Zone
The years 1993-1994 were most definitive for Armenia Fund. The
need for prompt action dictated its mission, and a broad responsibility
emerged to overcome hardships plaguing Armenia and Karabakh at
one of the most critical periods for the nation. Established with
a strategic vision, Armenia Fund focused on projects that addressed
immediate humanitarian needs.
Armenia Fund initiated a house-building humanitarian program providing housing to those left without shelter in Spital, Gyumri, Vanadzor, and Stepanavan.
The Fund’s first major initiative was the $22 million Winter
Humanitarian Project, which alleviated pressing social needs.
The energy crisis that followed Armenia’s independence left the
majority of the population vulnerable to cold bitter winters.
With the electricity and gas supplies disrupted, schools, kindergartens
and other public facilities were shut down, and residential buildings
became sole cold shelters of misery and hopelessness. Armenia
Fund’s Winter 93-94 program saved countless lives by providing
kerosene and heaters to vulnerable families, educational institutions
and medical facilities.
At the same time the Fund initiated a house-building program
following the Spitak 1988 earthquake, providing accommodation
to those left without shelter in Gyumri, Vanadzor, Stepanavan
and Spitak. This was a major humanitarian undertaking that allowed
hundreds of families to move to secure new homes from their temporary
wooden shelters. “Disaster zone” was the name given to the north-western
part of the country to demarcate the earthquake affected communities.
This is where Armenia Fund directed its efforts building close
to 3,000 apartments in the first phase alone. Armenia Fund also
reconstructed The State Pedagogical University of Gyumri.
A classroom in a dilapidated
condition a school in Gyumri, 1993
The Gyumri school 2 years after Armenia Fund rebuilt the entire school complex.
Another important necessity in those years was the preservation
of dozens of major architectural institutes and engineering factories.
In a country where economic activity became close to non-existent,
the initiation of large-scale infrastructure development projects
provided hundreds of people with much needed jobs and prevented
the exodus of highly-skilled professionals. Armenia Fund was also
one of the very first organizations to promote fair bidding practices
for large-scale construction projects and establish solid accountability
benchmarks for the various humanitarian programs it sponsored.
Active for only two years, Armenia Fund became an important part
of Armenian reality from 1993-1994. The Fund stood closely to
the people at a time of trial, adjusting its mission to the needs
of a fledging nation.
Over the past 15 years, Armenia Fund has invested more than $170
million in sustainable development in Armenia and Karabakh. This
makes the Fund the largest contributor to critical infrastructure
projects in all aspects of social and economic activity. Securing
long-term development solutions, the Fund has had an outstanding
impact on the lives of countless citizens of Armenia and Karabakh.
Armenia Fund has evolved over the years into an organization that
has an unprecedented track record of affecting change. In recognition
to its development work, Armenia Fund was accredited to the United
Nations in spring of 2006, as one of the most credible international
organizations working in Armenia and Karabakh.
To recognize and thank the Diaspora for its 15 years of continuous
support to Armenia and Karabakh, Armenia
Fund will hold a 15th Anniversary Gala Banquet at the United Nations
on October 6, 2007. Join Armenia Fund as it celebrates
the tenacity of the Armenian people and strength of the Armenian
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.
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