The jubilant opening ceremony was attended by Bako Sahakyan, president of Artsakh; Vladik Khachatryan, the republic’s minister of Education and Science; representatives of the regional administration; many guests; and a large number of Gishi residents.
The two-story campus, featuring a unique architecture, can accommodate more than 300 students. Currently 140 children attend the school. Among the state-of-the-art amenities of the facility are a library, an events hall, a gym, a cafeteria, and five specialized labs, including computer and science rooms. Soon the campus will also feature a sizeable playground and a soccer field.
The furnishing of the entire school was made possible by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s Brazilian affiliate, through contributions from the local Armenian community.
The day after the opening ceremony, the Gishi School was once again filled with a joyous atmosphere as the campus graduated its 2012 crop. Vice-principal Adelaida Ohanjanyan said that 20 of this year’s 26 graduates intend to continue their studies at various colleges and universities. “This wonderful school has given us wings to fly,” she added.
The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund delegation also attended the official opening of Martuni City’s newly rebuilt potable-water network. The ceremony was officiated by local clergy, led by Father Sahak Shakaryan, primate of the Martuni Regional Diocese.
The reconstruction of Martuni’s water network (originally built in 1971) was sponsored by Samvel Karapetyan, an Honorary Member of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund and president of the Tashir Group. To date, the fund has completed the first phase of the project, comprising the construction of new pipelines, a distribution network, and a water-treatment plant. As a result, today some two-thirds of the population of Martuni has regular, around-the-clock access to drinking water. Coverage for the entire city will be achieved with the subsequent completion of the second and third phases of the initiative.
“Stay put in your land, and the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund will do its utmost to support you,” said Ara Vardanyan in his address to the Martuni community.
On his part, Father Shakaryan stated, “The patriotic endeavors of our sisters and brothers in the diaspora deserve our highest appreciation and the Lord’s blessing.”
The festivities concluded with a memorable concert held at the Martuni Cultural Center.