In a moving ceremony, Syrian-Armenian doctor Haig Khatcho (Khatchadourian) received a house in Artsakh’s Ishkhanadzor Village from the Foundation in early June. Doctor Khatcho relocated to Artsakh last year, and started a new life in the Kashatagh region after escaping prosecution by ISIS during the Syrian civil war. Finding solace in the land of his ancestors, Haig Khatcho has decided to contribute his skills, experience and expertise as a physician for the development of Artsakh.
The house was built as part of TF’s program supporting Syrian-Armenian refugees resettling in Artsakh. Through this initiative, we not only support refugees, but also help resettle, develop and bring new life to the strategically significant, but currently deserted lands of Kashatagh.
The resettlement of this region has been a priority for the Foundation since 2003. But despite its strategic significance, most of Kashatagh’s residents are forced to live in bombed-out ruins. Whenever families leave this region in search of better living conditions, these vital liberated lands face the risk of being deserted and abandoned. To address this issue, the Foundation launched a pilot project in 2008 to create better housing conditions in Kashatagh by turning the ruins and rubble into well-built houses. Since then, more than 40 renovation works have been performed.
Giving to people like doctor Khatcho is not just charity, it is an investment in Kashatagh and its people, an investment that has already started to pay off. A neurologist by profession, Dr. Khatcho has set up practice as a general practitioner in the only clinic of the village. Here, he provides a range of medical services not only to the residents of Ishkhanadzor, but also the neighboring communities.
The Foundation will continue bringing decent living standards for the people of Kashatagh not only through building and renovating houses, but also through the development of vital infrastructure and providing opportunities for further growth of the region.