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NEWS Press Releases Karmir Shuka’s state-of-the-art community center is a gift from French-Armenians
2016-06-20
Karmir Shuka’s state-of-the-art community center is a gift from French-Armenians
On June 19, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund unveiled the newly built community center of Karmir Shuka, a village in Artsakh’s Martuni Region. The jubilant opening ceremony was attended by a French-Armenian delegation, comprising benefactors and representatives of the fund’s French affiliate, as well as representatives of the fund’s Executive Board, local elected officials, and a large number of Karmir Shuka residents.

The construction of the community center has been made possible by the fund’s French affiliate, with additional support from the government of NKR. It is the eighth community center and one of a dozen development projects in Artsakh — including water, education, and healthcare initiatives — that were sponsored by the French affiliate over the past three years. Our French-Armenian compatriots assisted Artsakh also in the immediate wake of the April war, by donating two ambulances. It was in those days that Bedros Terzian, the chairman of the fund’s French affiliate, rushed to Artsakh to assess the republic’s urgent needs following the Azeri attack. Based on Terzian’s findings, the French-Armenian community subsequently donated a large quantity of medicines, medical equipment, and medical supplies to Artsakh’s Health Ministry.

Karmir Shuka’s community center is named after Eddie Jololian, one of the founders of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s French affiliate as well as the founder of France’s Navasart dance ensemble. The community center will house the mayor’s office, a library, a computer room, a general game room, and a chess room. The building also comprises an auditorium, complete with a backstage area and dressing rooms. The hall is designed for a broad range of social and cultural events, including theatrical and musical performances, and has a seating capacity of over 160.

Samvel Hakobjanyan, the mayor of Karmir Shuka, said, “Such community centers, of which there are almost 20 across Artsakh today, represent a wonderful solution for our towns and villages. By integrating several types of facilities within a single structure, they are eminently cost-effective and make for a highly dynamic community life. At our community center here in Karmir Shuka, we also plan on forming children’s groups dedicated to various activities.”

Previous development projects implemented by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund in Karmir Shuka include the construction of a water network, thanks to which the community now has around-the-clock access to water, as well as an intra-village road, which is a part of the North-South Highway. Another important project was the renovation of the local kindergarten, initiated by French-Armenian donors.
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