Achieving True Victory in War

In Chapar, a northern village in Artsakh, Armenia Fund has constructed a new school with modern amenities to serve the local population. During the time Armenia Fund has realized many projects in and around the area, 15 families have moved back and resettled in the village. Fourteen year old boys usually have less serious things…

Where Education Is Valued, Education Flourishes

In a town whose students overwhelmingly go on to pursue a higher education, Armenia Fund built a new state-of-the-art school to replace its dilapidated predecessor. Her head is held high and her speech is formal. If you hadn’t arrived on a sparsely driven road winding through low hills and recently cut fields of grass, you…

Chapar Children To Attend Brand New School

Chapar, a village in Artsakh’s Martakert region, has a brand new school, which will open its doors in time for the new academic year. The construction of the campus was sponsored by Varuzhan Grigoryan, an Armenia-based industrialist and a native of Chapar. The project was co-sponsored by the government of Artsakh. On September 1, Chapar’s…

A Healthcare Hub Where Fire Once Rained

Stepanakert was decimated by the time heroic Armenians liberated Shushi and stopped the inhumane bombardment by GRAD missiles of the city. Since then, through an Armenia Fund healthcare initiative that has built a state-of-the-art hospital and polyclinic, the city has become a healthcare hub. It would have been nice to have a hospital then, in…

Small, Harsh and Inspirational

Maybe it’s pride. Maybe it’s tradition. Whatever it is, something special keeps them going, these villagers. In Tavush’s Gandzakar village, under nonstop sniper fire from across the border, the villagers tend their crops, the children attend school – life goes on. In Shirak’s Bavra village there is no sniper fire but it’s cold, the air…

In Vino Veritas

Armenia Fund continues its new series on welcoming developments in Armenia, including Artsakh. For over two decades, the Fund has been doing humanitarian work throughout Armenia and this series is a showcase of encouraging initiatives, some that are a direct result of Armenia Fund’s work and some that are the product of innovation and pure…

Moo-ving Toward Sustainable Dairy Farming

Cows have traditionally been a source of income for Armenian farmers but after independence, the agricultural industry was badly damaged. In Lusadzor, in the country’s northeast, Armenia Fund has initiated a cattle breeding project to bring back sustainable dairy farming. As the saying goes, “Teach a man how to make milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, and…

The Family That Saved a Village

“I would need much more than one wish to make this village alive again.” This was how the mayor of Ditavan, Seyran Sargsyan, responded years ago when asked which issue he would want solved if he was granted one magic wish. The 19th century village sits about 1.2 miles from the Azerbaijani border. Most of…

A Jolt for Heart Health in Zangezur

Before Armenia Fund built a modern cardiology center in Goris, some people would have to drive hundreds of miles to get help in Yerevan. With the project now complete, residents of southern Armenia and Artsakh have world-class cardiac care close to home. It’s only a slight discomfort at first. Then it gets worse. And worse…

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund British Affiliate Provides Assistance To Remote Rural Communities of Armenia

Sponsored by the fund’s British affiliate The British affiliate of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund once again provided assistance to rural communities in Armenia, this time around presenting packages of stationery and school bags for the forthcoming academic year, which starts in September, to 105 students in the villages of Tsghuk, Tasik, and Aghitu of the…

The Only Place Left – Shengavit Kindergarten

In a somber corner of Yerevan’s Shengavit district, Armenia Fund rebuilds a boarding school for children who have nowhere else to go. When you think Armenia Fund, you think bringing water to villages in Artsakh or building greenhouses for farmers in Tavush or constructing roads, schools, and hospitals to serve the far-flung parts of Armenia.…

Newly Built Health Clinic and Community Hall Unveiled in Khachardzan

Yerevan, June 27, 2014 – On June 27, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund officially unveiled the newly built health clinic and multifunctional events hall of Khachardzan, a village in Armenia’s Tavush Region. The construction project, worth close to 60 million drams, was sponsored by the Kalciyan family of Argentina. Dignitaries attending the jubilant opening ceremony included…

Preach Art, Not War

In Togh, the first village that saw fighting during the Artsakh War, Armenia Fund created an art school for children of the village and ten others that are nearby. It’s hard to know if art was on anyone’s mind. The segregated school with the Azerbaijanis on one side and the Armenians on another foreshadowed the…

Vardenis-Martakert Highway Update

The reconstruction of the 116-kilometer Vardenis-Martakert Highway, which includes the renovation and incorporation of the Vardenis-Drmbon route, is under way. Currently earthwork is being performed simultaneously in 12 sections of the highway and comprises rock-blasting, surface-leveling and -widening, and transposing of existing engineering structures. In addition, crews are installing gutters and building embankments and crash…

A Lesson from the Ancients: Water and Development in Tavush

Babylon, Sumer, Egypt, and Urartu, city-states that became great empires. Fed by the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates, the Nile, Araxes, and Kura, Lake Van and Sevan, these settlements were transformed into powerful states that initiated the era of modern civilization. Writing systems, laws, education, and other innovations were founded upon the banks of…

Weaving Economic Prosperity in Stepanakert

Armenia Fund is pleased to bring you a new series on welcome developments in Armenia, including Artsakh. For over two decades, the Fund has been doing humanitarian work throughout Armenia and this series is an opportunity to showcase welcome developments in the country, sometimes as a direct result of Armenia Fund’s work and sometimes as…

2013 Presidential Awards

Yerevan, May 26, 2014 –Today, the Presidential awards giving ceremony for 2013 took place at the Presidential Palace. The awards – certificates with the inscriptions and prize money – for a significant contribution to a number of areas were handed to the award winners by President Serzh Sargsyan and the President of the Robert Poghossian…

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Delegation Visits Project Sites In Armenia’s Tavush Region

Yerevan, May 23, 2014 – On May 23, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund delegation tasked with reporting on various ongoing and completed projects visited project sites in the villages of Khachardzan, Lusadzor, and Ditavan, all in Armenia’s Tavush Region. The delegation, led by Executive Director Ara Vardanyan and consisting of benefactors, trustees, and representatives of affiliates…

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Begins String of Project-site Visits and Opening Ceremonies

Yerevan, May 20, 2014 – On May 19, within the framework of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Board of Trustees annual meeting in Yerevan, a delegation led by Executive Director Ara Vardanyan and comprising trustees, representatives of affiliates worldwide, benefactors, and associates began a string of project-site visits and opening ceremonies of newly completed projects in…

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Unveils Water Network and Community Center in Aknaghbyur

Yerevan, May 21, 2014 – On May 21, a close to 40-person delegation of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, led by Executive Director Ara Vardanyan and comprising benefactors, trustees, and representatives of affiliates worldwide, officially unveiled two major infrastructure projects, a newly built water network and a community center, in Aknaghbyur, a village in Artsakh’s Hadrut…

Giving Disabled Children a Better Chance

Every child deserves a chance. You won’t find this mantra inscribed anywhere at the Gyumri Orphanage for Physically and Mentally Disabled Children – but it’s the principle that drives the people who work there. Mentally challenged or physically disabled, the children come from families who do not have the resources to take care of them…