Four donor families contribute to the same community
Hayastan All-Armenian Fund continues to support Khachardzan community in ArmeniaOn September 23, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund held an opening ceremony for three major development projects in Khachardzan, a village in Armenia’s Tavush Region. The projects comprise the community’s newly built sports complex, renovated water network, and newly laid out park. Present at the ceremony were members of the four donor families that have sponsored the initiatives.
In recent years, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has implemented a string of projects in Khachardzan, including the construction of a medical clinic and an event hall, and the rebuilding of the community school, all with the financial support of Argentinean-Armenian benefactors. The fund has also created greenhouses in Khachardzan, through the support of its Australian affiliate. As importantly, many Khachardzan residents are beneficiaries of the fund’s social-assistance and agricultural-development programs. Together, these initiatives are spurring Khachardzan’s growth, while providing residents with opportunities for securing stables sources of income.
The opening ceremony on September 23 was headed by Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, with the participation of donor families the Avakians, Kalciyans, and Terzians of Argentina and the Anac family of the United States, as well as more than 40 guests from the diaspora. The event was also attended by Tavush governor Hovik Abovyan; Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Primate of the Diocese of Tavush; Levon Sargsyan, Karen Adamyan; deputy governors of Tavush, Armen Santrosyan; Mayor of Dilijan community, as well as many other elected officials and guests.
“I am happy to inform you that projects implemented in this community with our Argentinean-Armenian benefactors’ support exceed 500 million drams now. What we wish is that people stay in their homes and further development,” Ara Vardanyan, Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Executive Director said in his welcome speech at the opening ceremony.
The jubilant day was made all the more memorable as 130 Khachardzan residents were baptized at the initiative of the visiting benefactors, who stood as godparents.
Today, thanks to the refurbishment of Khachardzan’s water network and the construction of the internal-distribution system, the community’s 146 households enjoy regular, around-the-clock access to water. This vitally important project was made possible by the joint support of the Avakian, Kalciyan, and Terzian families.
The construction of Khachardzan’s sports complex was sponsored entirely by the Terzian family, in memory of their daughter, Maria Terzian. “My daughter Maria had three dreams, one of which was to help her peers in Armenia. Now, when I see this sport complex standing high and beautiful, I can say that at least one her dreams has come true,” said Kristine Terzian in her emotional speech. The state-of-the-art facility features a sizeable athletics court, locker rooms and showers, and the latest sports and gym equipment. The court is suitable for minifootball, volleyball, and basketball, as well as various physical exercises using workout equipment. Large enough to host regional sports competitions and events, the facility is complemented by an outdoor sports field where students of the community’s school will hold physical-education classes.
As for Khachardzan’s newly built park, its construction was sponsored by the Anac family, in memory of their father, Sarkis Ayvazian Anac. The family has called the green expanse “Park of Faith,” to symbolize the progress and growth of the community. Tastefully landscaped and complete with benches, the park is sure to become a beloved destination for relaxation and leisure. On the day of the opening ceremony, a newly sculpted cross stone (Khachkar) was installed in the park, to the delight of attendees.
Located on the shore of the Getik River, Khachardzan is named after the numerous historic cross stones found throughout the village. It has a population of over 420, many of whom are refugees from Azerbaijan.
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