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 Executive Director Ara Vardanyan, the delegation comprised 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 visit the sites of several current and completed projects, in Armenia and Artsakh alike.
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.
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.”
The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund delegation also visited the Noyemberyan Hospital, which is currently being reconstructed with financing from the fund’s German, Swiss, Australian, and Lebanese affiliates.
As he was 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.” During an interview with reporters, Moumdjian stated that the Armenian Physicians’ Union of Germany has expressed commitment to covering the cost of all necessary furniture for the hospital.
Another project site visited by the delegation was the Khashtarak School, whose 201 students have been enjoying their new, well-appointed campus for the past nine months.
Throughout its visits, the delegation was welcomed with blessings and words of gratitude.
As Tavush Governor Armen Ghularyan hosted the delegation at the region administration office, he thanked the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund on behalf of the people of Tavush and said he hoped the fund will continue to implement vitally important development projects in the area.