Completed Projects

15.8.2017

The background Located in a strategically vital area, Hochants village has a deep history stretching back centuries. Unfortunately, since its resettlement in 1995 it has remained underdeveloped: Villagers have endured mostly backward conditions, especially regarding infrastructure. For example, the village schoolhouse had been dilapidated and its decaying cement floors were causing health problems for the […]

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15.8.2017

In 2009, during a field visit to northern Kashatagh, we stopped in the village of Msheni. There we found the village mayor at work, trying to renovate an old abandoned dwelling. He mentioned to us that Msheni has a very good nurse and that part of this building could be transformed into a clinic. Msheni […]

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15.8.2017

In 2013, the Foundation joined forces with OneArmenia to create a learning and activity space for the children of Moshatagh and neighboring villages of theKashataghregion.   Through a crowdfunding campaign, OneArmenia raised $19,611, which we used to renovate the kindergarten building, which was in a very dilapidated state. Within the then created dedicated spaces for a […]

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15.8.2017

Hak village sits in the northernmost part of Artsakh’s Kashatagh region. Although area Armenians suffered brutal ethnic cleansing by Azeris up until the 1920s, a wealth of churches and other monuments attest to the region’s longstanding Armenian heritage. For example, Hak’s historic St. Minas Church bears an inscription that dates the church back to at […]

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15.8.2017

Attachments Throughout Kashatagh, medical care is scarce, of uneven quality, and often inaccessible due to poor roads and transportation. Until recently, village-based facilities were practically nonexistent, while the regional hospital in Berdzor was underequipped and overburdened until its overhaul in 2012. The lack of accessible care has made life in the hinterlands extremely perilous: Emergencies […]

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15.8.2017

From 2012-14, the Foundation completed a two-year infrastructure project in the village of Getap, in Southern Kashatagh. Getap is a small village with 127 people, 32 houses and a reputation for having an incredibly hard-working population. Perhaps this comes from the extraordinary difficulties they have had to overcome: unlike surrounding villages, Getap has been completely […]

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15.8.2017

Aghavnatun is a remote community located in Artsakh’s Kashatagh region. It is around 35 km away from Berdzor (Lachin) and 7 km from the main road connecting Berdzor to Ishkhanadzor. Aghavnatun consists of 5 small villages, 3 of which are currently populated:  Aghavnatun, Harar, and Khatchketik. In 2015, the Foundation initiated a community development project […]

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15.8.2017

Many of Artsakh’s youth seek to leave the country for better opportunities, or simply stagnate for lack of access to resources that can help develop their skills.  From 2004-2008, the Foundation worked with Karabagh’s Ministry of Education to change this. “TaghandavorYeridasardner” (Talented Youth) identifies youth who show potential to make major contributions in the performing arts, […]

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5.8.2017

In Artsakh, our activities have focused on the Kashatagh region, which connects Artsakh to Armenia and is therefore strategically vital. Unfortunately, the region’s infrastructure was largely uprooted due to the ravages of war: Housing, electricity, drinking water, roads and health care facilities were all severely lacking in 1995, when the region’s resettlement began. Since that […]

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5.8.2017

With support from the Foundation, in 2001 “NK Arts” organized the first arts festival in Karabagh’s historic city of Shushi, including participants from Armenia, Artsakh, and the diaspora. The following year, “NK Arts” organized a second gathering — a Festival of Armenian Films. The “NK Arts” initiative also sought to revive cottage industries in ceramics. […]

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4.8.2017

In 2006, the Foundation conducted a study of schools in the border regions of Artsakh and found that many did not possess libraries or even bookshelves. Working in conjunction with the NKR Ministry of Education, we then worked quickly to provide these: Library spaces were created or expanded, as needed, and schools were stocked with […]

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4.8.2017

On occasion, the Foundation has provided loans for small-business projects dealing with agriculture or animal husbandry. This program has met with uneven results, sometimes meeting and often falling short of forecasts. In 2008, due to the intensive requirements for monitoring such programs, the Foundation decided to discontinue this program.

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20.7.2017

The project was implemented in collaboration with the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) since the beginning of January 2016. About The Educational Daycare Center in Shushi aims to support children with educational challenges who grow in socially vulnerable families. The project’s main objective is to help children overcome educational difficulties, prevent antisocial behavior and […]

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20.7.2017

Like many post-Soviet societies, Karabagh today struggles to maintain civic values and education.Past practices – e.g. pride in collective or national ideals, concern with the welfare of one’s neighbors and fellow citizens – are no longer taken for granted. Instead, we have seen a rising preoccupation with narrow and parochial self-interest, especially among the youth. […]

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20.7.2017

Attachments Once a fountainhead of Armenian culture, the fortress city of Shushi became a large commercial and administrative center in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed a strong multi-ethnic presence. Unfortunately, in 1920 the city was set ablaze by Turkish nationalist mobsand its Armenian population destroyed. Liberated in 1992, in what is widely […]

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15.7.2017

Alongside its resettlement efforts, the Foundation provides facilities and services to assist economic development in liberated Artsakh. These include the following: In 2004, we installed a flour-mill in Aygehovit village, providing accessible, inexpensive milling services to wheat farmers throughout the Kashatagh region. For several years, the mill enabled farmers to easily sell their wheat (or […]

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15.7.2017

In 2006, the Foundation initiated a mobile computer-instruction unit in Kashatagh. This program, which continued into 2007, was well-received by the local population, who learned basic computer skills and were instilled with hope. Set up in the schools of Ishkanadzor and Mijnavan, these modern internet centers enabledlocal youth to access news and information from around […]

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15.7.2017

Background Traditional Armenian folk art — especially music and dance – have nearly disappeared in Artsakh due to Azerbaijan’s decades-old suppression of cultural expression. In Artsakh today, society has little interest in folk music; for example, few give importance to the kanun or duduk, two instruments with rich histories in Armenian culture. Today, the Berdzor […]

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14.7.2017

In promoting resettlement, the Foundation has relied mostly on commercial construction methods and materials. At the same time, we have implemented small pilot projects in Kashatagh, involving natural building techniques – mostly notably cob construction, which creates dwellings and other structures out of natural materials (e.g. clay, sand, straw). The motivation behind this was three-fold: […]

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14.7.2017

These a capella performances feature the state-sponsored “Vararakn” and “Mrakats” vocal ensembles, as well as the “Varanda” children’s ensemble, who bring forth the acoustic intimacy of Shushi’s tiny Ganach Zhamchurch, which dates back to the early 19th century. Handsomely produced in CD format, the recording also serves as an educational/promotional tool: It features detailed liner […]

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14.7.2017

Artsakh is rich in arable land, especially in southern Kashatagh, where a variety of fruits and grains have been grown for centuries. Grape cultivation and winemaking became especially popular during the Soviet era, but were totally abandoned due to wartime destruction. Nonetheless, many hectares of abandoned vineyards continue to grow in the wild, well into […]

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28.10.2016

Despite substantial improvement in recent years, Karabagh’s economy and society remain underdeveloped – especially in remote rural areas. Here, a lack of modern facilities and opportunities causes young people to lose hope and emigrate to larger towns and cities, often outside Karabagh. In an effort to address this problem, the Foundation has sought programs that […]

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28.10.2016

Background Kashatagh is a sprawling, war-ravaged territory: Villages are often found in remote areas with unpaved roads, leaving inhabitants hours away from even basic medical help. Everyday ailments often go untreated; serious illnesses go undiagnosed. Until recently, the region’s medical centers lacked staff, medicine and diagnostic materials to provide adequate health care to most residents. […]

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28.10.2016

Granted funds were used to construct barns in the Haytagh and Spitakashen villages; with the loans, villagers acquired two herds of sheep. Repayment began in 2004. The implementer of the project, “Shen France” NGO, faced several problems: In particular, the villagers who were involved in sheep-raising were working on fixed salaries and were not interested […]

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