On September 13, over 90 friends gathered to support a new village expansion project sponsored by the Eastern US Artsakh Fund. The reception and presentation took place at the Lexington, MA home of Harry and Katrina Glorikian, and the results did not disappoint: More than $25,000 was raised in support of the Arajamugh Village, found in the liberated territories of southern Artsakh.
Guests of the fundraising listening to the speakers’ presentations.
Following a festive cocktail hour, the hosts invited their guests to hear brief presentations about the recent history and geopolitics of Artsakh, with a special focus on resettling the strategic borderlands liberated during the 1988-94 war.
The program’s MC was Antranig Kasbarian, who laid out the broader context of the matter at hand. He emphasized the importance of resettlement and economic development for consolidating Artsakh’s hard-won victories. One such effort is the Arajamugh Village, built by the Tufenkian Foundation in liberated Artsakh in 2004-07. The village is now undergoing expansion via Artsakh Fund’s efforts.
Kasbarian then introduced special guest speaker Dr. Carolann Najarian, calling her an inspiration for her accomplishments in myriad fields, including Artsakh, where she provided on-site medical assistance from the war’s earliest days. Najarian’s slide presentation offered a retrospective look at Artsakh as it appeared up-close during the war. Najarian was followed by Artsakh Fund chairman Alex Sarafian, who presented the fund’s mission and current activities. His focus was the Arajamugh Village, found in the Hadrut region of Artsakh, which currently features 19 households and 88 inhabitants. The goal, he said, is to bring the village up to 50 households along with associated infrastructure, facilities, and livelihood opportunities, thereby turning it into a model village for resettlement purposes.
In coming months, additional events will be held throughout the Eastern United States. Those who wish to support this project are encouraged to contact Artsakh Fund by writing to 80 Bigelow Ave., Watertown, MA 02472, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.