ATP, US Amb., Jinishian Memorial Foundation to celebrate Earth Day

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US Ambassador, Armenia Tree Project and Jinishian Memorial Foundation to
Celebrate Earth Day in Mountainous Village of Dzoravank

On Friday, April 23, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Ordway, and Mrs.
Maryjo Ordway will mark Earthday in a joint Armenia Tree Project/Jinishian
Memorial Foundation tree planting to establish a large (0.8 hectare) fruit
and nut orchard for the refugee community of Dzoravank in Gegharkounik Marz.

This joint endeavor is being made possible thanks to the organization and
outreach efforts of the Armenia Tree Project (ATP) and a donation by
Jinishian Memorial Foundation. In cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in
Armenia, IREX and ACTR/ACCELS, 20 alumni from U.S.government exchange
programs will travel as volunteers to Dzoravank to help with the tree
planting. The date of the event is chosen to coincide with the celebration
of Earth Day (celebrated globally on April 22 every year).

ATP Founder Carolyn Mugar, Executive Director Jeff Masarjian and Country
Director Susan Yacubian Klein will be in Dzoravank for this important event.
Other high ranked guests have also been invited.

This marks the second year Ambassador Ordway is celebrating Earth Day with
ATP in the Getik River valley. Dzoravank is the second village in the area
where ATP is implementing a combined long term reforestation-poverty
reduction program. The program was initiated in 2002 in the village of
Aygut, situated approximately 10 kilometers distance from Dzoravank. ATP
intends to expand to all 13 villages located in the picturesque Getik River
valley. In this program of sustainable mountainous development, ATP partners
with the villagers and with other international and local organizations to
combat the linked problems of poverty and natural resource degradation.
Among the contributors to date are USDA/MAP, World Food Program, Heifer
International,Project Harmony,ORRAN, Boghosian Education Center, and

For further information, please contact Karen Sarkavagyan at the Armenia
Tree Project, phone numbers 569910 and 553069, E-mail [email protected]

The Armenia Tree Project was founded in 1994 during Armenia’s darkest and
coldest years with the vision of securing Armenia’s future by protecting
Armenia’s environment. Funded by contributions from Diasporan Armenians,
ATP has planted and rejuvenated over 500,000 trees at more than 450 sites
ranging from Gumri to Goris.