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For Immediate Release
May 26, 2010


NEW YORK, New York — Within the framework of its ongoing Rural Development Program, the Armenia Fund completed two more projects in Armenia’s Tavush Region: a milk-collection center in Azatamut and a potable-water pipeline in Aknaghbyur. The projects were sponsored by the Fund’s U.S. Western Region affiliate, with financing from San Francisco’s Armenian community and the ARF Central Committee of Canada, respectively.

Azatamut ribbon-cutting ceremony (left: Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Executive Director Ara Vardanyan, right: U.S. Western Region President
Ara Aghishian)

The launch of the initiatives on May 11 was marked by opening ceremonies attended by a delegation of the Fund, community members, and local officials. Led by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Executive Director Ara Vardanyan, the delegation included members of the Fund’s Board of Trustees, benefactors, and representatives of affiliates from throughout the world, who had traveled to Armenia to participate in the organization’s 19th annual Board of Trustees meeting and to visit the sites of several current and completed projects in both Armenia and Artsakh.

Heads of the Fund’s German, Swiss, Australian, and Lebanese affiliates visited Noyemberyan Hospital, currently being renovated by means of their financing

Commenting on the milk-collection center in Azatamut, the community’s mayor conveyed his gratitude to the project’s sponsors and said that it will enable residents of Azatamut as well as neighboring villages to efficiently market their milk production. This process will be facilitated by two new trucks, which will make rounds throughout the surrounding 12 communities to collect milk and bring it to the collection center for shipping.

The Armenia Fund delegation also visited the Noyemberyan Hospital, which is currently being reconstructed with financing from the Fund’s German, Swiss, Australian, and Lebanese affiliates. Informed that on the day of the delegation’s visit three babies were delivered at the temporary ward close to the hospital, Gilbert Moumdjian, chairman of the Fund’s German affiliate, said, “I hope that the completely renovated hospital will contribute to a rise in the number of births in the city,” before going on to add during an interview with reporters that the Armenian Physicians’ Union of Germany expressed commitment to covering the cost of all necessary furniture for the hospital.

One of two new Azatamut trucks to collect milk from the surrounding 12 communities to bring to the center for shipping

Another project site visited by the delegation was the Khashtarak School, whose 201 students have been enjoying their new, well-equipped campus for the past nine months. On behalf of the people of Tavush, the region’s Governor Armen Ghularyan said he hoped the Fund will continue to implement vitally important development projects in the area.

Indeed, throughout its visits, the delegation was repeatedly welcomed with blessings and words of gratitude. During the opening ceremony of Aknaghbyur’s new drinking-water pipeline, Hranush, a grandmother from the community, was given the honor of opening the pipeline’s valve. “The important things are water and bread,” she said. “We can manage the rest. May the Fund’s life be as long as flowing waters.”

ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: founded in 1992, was one of the first of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 18 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 18 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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