Dignitaries and guests attending the opening ceremony included Armen Gevorgyan, vice prime minister of Armenia; Armen Ghularyan, governor of Tavush; Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund; Archbishop Yeznik Petrosyan, primate of the Tavush Diocese; and the project’s benefactors, together with their children and grandchildren.
The guests were welcomed by the residents of Ditavan at the ceremony with the traditional offering of salt and bread. The honor of cutting the red ribbon was given to Mr. and Mrs. Ekserciyan, who hold the title of Honorary Citizens of Ditavan.
“Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Ekserciyan, life in Ditavan has improved considerably,” Vardanyan said in his welcome speech. Addressing the residents of the community, he continued: “Preserve what has been created through the generosity of this wonderful family, while we at the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund will continue to do our utmost to help ease your hardships.”
“Who would’ve thought that one day a family like the Ekserciyans would visit our village and go on to fundamentally improve our quality of life?” said Armen Hakhverdyan, principal of the school, in his remarks. “We are so proud of the fact that such caring individuals stand by us.”
Also conveying the gratitude of Ditavan’s residents was former mayor Hakob Saribekyan, who surprised the Ekserciyans when he announced that he was gifting them with a portion of his property, a parcel of land in Ditavan.
Thirty students will attend the new school of the village, which has a population of close to 300.