15 years ago, the Tufenkian Foundation came to Artsakh. After 5 years of working in Armenia to advance social justice, we decided to broaden our mission and scope to Artsakh, where most of our work would be focused on the strategically significant liberated territories.
The anniversary event took place later in the evening, in Stepanakert. We opened the event with a photo exhibition titled “15 Years in Artsakh, for Artsakh”, which walked our guests, partners and benefciaries through our work in Artsakh’s liberated territories. During these years, our work has focused on the most pressing issues facing Artsakh and the most under-served, vulnerable areas. Most of our efforts have taken place in remote border villages, where the years of war and occupation had left a deep scar, uprooting the local infrastrcuture and leaving Artsakh’s villagers without access to homes, schools, healthcare, water, electricity and other basic necessities.
While the situation in many villages has improved drastically during the past 15 years due to the range of resettlement and development efforts implemented by the Artsakh government and various organizations, a lot remains to be done. We have a long path to cross until liberated Artsakh is fully resettled and rebuilt. The second part of our anniversary event was devoted to exactly this: discussing the future of Artsakh’s development.
To initiate a multi-stakeholder conversation about the results of past efforts and the path forward, we organized a roundtable discussion with representatives of government bodies and other relevant organizations, as well as our partners, Diaspora guests and beneficiaries.
The discussion started with reflections on the past 15 years of rebuilding and repopulating Artsakh’s liberated villages: successes were presented, lessons learnt were analyzed and the overall trajectory of implemented actions was evaluated. This was followed with a lively debate on future efforts towards Artsakh’s resettlement and development, focusing on issues such as creating sustainable livelihoods and employment opportunities for re- settlers, attracting newcomers through favorable living conditions, ensuring that educational and healthcare issues are resolved throughout Artsakh and charting a roadmap of strengthening Artsakh’s sovereignity.
15 years ago, the Tufenkian Foundation came to Artsakh. After 5 years of working in Armenia to advance social justice, we decided to broaden our mission and scope to Artsakh, where most of our work would be focused on the strategically significant liberated territories.read More
“All my victories, all my medals, all my achievements are for Artsakh. Artsakh is my hope, my inspiration and my motivation”.read More
“Once we stepped into this house, we really felt at home. It makes me so happy to see that my children love where they live. This support makes me feel welcome and once again reassures me, that it was worth coming to Artsakh”.read More
“Living in a village, you learn about the importance of support. Here, everyone supports each other, be it with a cup of sugar or a kind word. Right now, a good home is all the help my family needed in order to stay and live in Artsakh. Getting this house is just a dream come true”.read More