Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Unveils Community Centers in Artsakh

Delegation Visits Project Sites in Tavush

YEREVAN—The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund delegation, led by Executive Director Ara Vardanyan and comprising trustees, representatives of affiliates worldwide, benefactors, and associates, visited Artsakh’s (Nagorno-Karabagh) Askeran region on May 22 to unveil two newly built community centers in the villages of Khachmach and Shosh.

Opening of the Sosh community center

The construction of the Khachmach community center was made possible by the financial support of the fund’s Lebanese, Brazilian, Dutch, Greek, and Cypriot affiliates, as well as the government of Artsakh. The two-story facility, which houses the mayor’s office, a health clinic, a 150-seat events hall, and a computer room, will serve the 233 residents of the village.

Opening of the Khachmach community center

The Shosh community center was built through the co-sponsorship of the fund’s French affiliate and the government of Artsakh. Encompassing the mayor’s office, a health clinic, a library, a computer room, and an events hall, the structure is poised to help improve life in the community, which has a population of 610.

The festive opening ceremonies were headed by the Artsakh Prime Minister Ara Harutyunyan.

A scene from the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Khackmach community center

Another project in Shosh, the community school, which was built with the sponsorship of the fund’s Toronto affiliate, enjoys the continued support of Toronto Armenians. A few months ago, the campus underwent extensive renovations and has a brand new look a decade after its construction.


Delegation Visits Project Sites in Tavush

On May 24, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund delegation began a series of project-site visits in Armenia, starting with the Tavush region.

The delegation’s first stop in Tavush was the village of Khachardzan, where the fund is renovating the community’s school with the financial support of longtime benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Arto and Hilda Kalciyan of Argentina. With access to natural gas and equipped with a new central-heating system, the school will provide students with a comfortable learning environment year-around. The renovated and fully furnished campus will open its doors in September.

The Khachardzan School in Tavush

Assistance to Khachardzan is also being provided by the Armenia branch of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). After planting an orchard in the vicinity of the school, UMCOR is currently donating farm animals and beehives to 28 economically disadvantaged local families.

Also on May 24, the delegation visited the community of Lusadzor, in Tavush, for a first-hand look at the activities of a farm established through the support of the fund’s French affiliate. For the past several years, a number of far-reaching agricultural development programs have been implemented throughout Tavush, with the joint support of France’s Hauts-de-Seine General Council and the French-Armenian community.


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