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25 December 2017

Preservation and Development of Hak Village

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.

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18 November 2017

How We Live: Documenting the Face of Poverty in Armenia

Approximately 30% of Armenia’s 3 million people live below the poverty line, unable to provide for their basic human needs.

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18 November 2017

Shogh Educational Day Center

Established in 2013, “Shogh” provides educational and social services to vulnerable families in Vanadzor. Its services emphasize educational support, while also providing after-school enrichment as well as hot meals – all served in a positive, inviting atmosphere conducive to learning.

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18 November 2017

Zangakatun Social Services NGO

Since 2000, “Zangakatun” (Belltower) Social Services NGO has led families through the difficult transition from extreme poverty into functional, productive and engaged lives. The Foundation initiated Zangakatun to implement a new model of combating extreme poverty in Armenia, empowering Armenia’s most marginalized and vulnerable families and providing the support they need to break their cycles of poverty and neglect.

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18 November 2017

Soldier’s Mother

Since 1991, the “Soldier’s Mother” NGO has been at the side of soldiers, their families, as well as refugee families, helping to inform them of their legal rights and offering psychological, legal and social aid. Soldier’s Mother also provides checks-and-balances regarding Armenian military institutions and practices, while simultaneously working toward a sustainable peace in the South Caucasus.

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18 November 2017

Tree Nurseries

Alongside our work combating illegal deforestation, the Foundation has promoted various reforestation efforts throughout Armenia.

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18 November 2017

Senior Citizen Center

In the post-independence era, senior citizens’ welfare has increasingly become neglected. While Armenia struggles to maintain its social services and safety net, growing old can be a trying experience for those lacking means, knowledge, or family support.

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18 November 2017

Aid to Victims of Flooding in Karmir Village

In addition to supporting initiatives aimed at fostering long-term change towards improved social justice in Armenia, the Foundation, where possible, also responds to emergency situations by addressing the urgent needs of groups affected by such situations.

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18 November 2017

Support to Art School in Spitak

Armenia’s devastating 1988 earthquake exacted a heavy toll – leaving tens of thousands dead and much of northwest Armenia in ruins. Found at the quake’s epicenter, the town of Spitak has struggled to regain its balance since that time.

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18 November 2017

Knitting Ladies

For each woman, the money provided substantial income. Additionally, these women gained the satisfaction of knowing that their afghans would be a source of help and comfort to those in need.

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18 November 2017

Taking Action for a Clean and Green Armenia

As Armenia faces severe problems with its environment, environmental protection has been an important theme from the beginning of the Tufenkian Foundation. In 2002, responding to the rapid deforestation of the country, the Foundation brought even more focus to its environmental program by initiating a project aimed at restoring and protecting Armenia’s threatened forests. In 2004 with the Tufenkian Hospitality company and other foundations, it supported the development and publishing of a unique book aimed at expanding eco-friendly tourism.

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18 November 2017

Forests, Wildlife and Biodiversity Protection

Armenia historically had forests covering 35% of its current territory. Unfortunately, the forest coverage has dropped recently to a historic low of 7-8% today. This severe situation means that Armenia is on the list of the “low forest coverage countries” of the world and puts Armenia on the track for intensive desertification, loss of springs, rivers, sever erosion and other major problems.

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18 November 2017

Health Care in Kashatagh

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.

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18 November 2017

Moshatagh Kindergarten

In 2013, the Foundation joined forces with OneArmenia to create a learning and activity space for the children of Moshatagh and neighboring villages of the Kashatagh region.

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18 November 2017

Development of the Getap Village

During 2012-14, the Foundation completed a two-year infrastructure project in the village of Getap, in Southern Kashatagh.

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18 November 2017

Clinic and School Renovation in Aghavnatun Village

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.

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18 November 2017

Talented Youth

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.

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18 November 2017

Clean and Safe Water for Artsakh's Villages

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 time, NKR authorities, with the help of private donors, have managed to improve many of these basic conditions.

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18 November 2017

Arts Festival in Shushi

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.

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18 November 2017

Shogh Educational Daycare Center in Shushi

The Educational Daycare Center in Shushi aims to support children with educational challenges who grow in socially vulnerable families.

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18 November 2017

Clothes for Gavar Orphanage

Upon completion of the project in Gavar, the Foundation had funds in reserve and was able to help additional children in locales experiencing great social hardship. Namely, the Foundation distributed clothes and money to the beneficiaries of the “Soldiers’ Mothers” NGO, which deals with families of veterans of the Karabagh war. Fifty children of fallen soldiers in Chambarak and 121 orphans in Tavush, Chambarak, and Artsakh each received locally-made sweaters and 10,000 dram (about $20). Most of the children said they would spend the money on flour to assist their families.

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18 November 2017

Sheep Farms

After conducting research in 2001, the Foundation identified several villages of the Gegharkunik district as being economically and socially suitable for this project. (These villages are mostly populated by Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan – at that time, one of the most socially vulnerable groups within Armenia.)

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18 November 2017

Msheni Clinic

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.

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18 November 2017

Shushi “Fortress City” CD Recording

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.

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16 November 2017

Grape Cultivation

Having seen the villagers develop skill and knowledge in this field many of them have continued to grow and harvest grapes on their own, while others utilize their lands for other purposes tied to agriculture

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16 November 2017

Mobile Computer Labs

Despite substantial improvement in recent years, Karabagh’s economy and society remain underdeveloped – especially in remote rural areas.

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16 November 2017

Mobile Clinic

In 2008, the Foundation developed a mobile clinic project for the Kashatagh area. Working together with the NKR Ministry of Health, we utilized a mobile van the Ministry had received from the US, equipped with EKG, ultrasound and a biochemical laboratory. For two years, the van circulated throughout the region each month, bringing with it medical specialists from Stepanakert.

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01 November 2017

Hochants School

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 students. In 2009, the village’s parents came together to ask the Foundation to renovate their school.

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01 November 2017

School Libraries in Kashatagh

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.

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18 September 2017

Agricultural Loans

On occasion, the Foundation has provided loans for small-business projects dealing with agriculture or animal husbandry.

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18 September 2017

Civic Education and Values

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.

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18 September 2017

Renovation of Shushi Museum

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.

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18 September 2017

Flour Mill & Machinery Base

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.

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18 September 2017

Internet Centers

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.

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01 September 2017

“Back to Nature” Summer Camp

This project was carried out in 2001-02 by the “Shen” non-governmental organization and the “Meghvik” Children’s Education Center of Gyumri. “Shen” reconstructed a nearby village school, converting into a well-furnished campsite, while also building a barn and bee-keeping facilities for the camp.

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