HAAF holds opening ceremony for community center in Drakhtik

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund
Governmental Building 3, Yerevan, RA
Contact: Hasmik Grigoryan
Tel:? +(3741) 56 01 06? ext. 105
Fax: +(3741) 52 15 05
E-mail: [email protected]

Yerevan, May 27, 2013

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund holds opening ceremony for community center in

A large delegation of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, led by Executive
Director Ara Vardanyan and comprising close to 40 benefactors, Board of
Trustees members, and affiliate representatives, continues holding opening
ceremonies for recently completed projects and visiting current project
sites in Armenia and Artsakh. The project openings and visits are being
carried out within the framework of the Board of Trustees’ annual meeting.

On May 24, the delegation officially opened the newly built community center
of Drakhtik, a village in Artsakh’s Hadrut Region. Dignitaries and guests in
attendance included Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, Primate of the Artsakh
Diocese; Rev. Shahe Ananyan, representative of the Mother See of Holy
Echmiadzin; Valeri Gevorgyan, head of the Hadrut Administration; and
local-community representatives. The festive ceremony was also attended by a
large number of Drakhtik residents.

“Thanks to our benefactors, this community is being transformed into a real
paradise,” said Archbishop Martirosyan in his opening speech, referring to
the fact that Drakhtik means “little paradise” in Armenian.

The Drakhtik community center has been built and furnished by the Hayastan
All-Armenian Fund’s Toronto affiliate, with a donation from Deacon Berge
Lulejian. The facility, which has a total area of 283 square meters, will
house the mayor’s office, a health clinic, a maternity room, an events hall,
a computer lab, and a library.

The community center is the fourth infrastructure-development project to be
implemented by the fund in Drakhtik, which has a population of 430. The
previous projects comprise a potable-water network, sponsored by the
Armenian community of Russia; a beautiful kindergarten, made possible by the
French-Armenian community; and an agricultural-machinery station, realized
through the support of the Armenian community of the Eastern US. Drakhtik is
situated along the North-South Highway, which was built by the Hayastan
All-Armenian Fund.

“I am very happy that we’re unveiling yet another project in Drakhtik
today,” said Mkrtich Lazarian, chairman of the fund’s Toronto affiliate, in
his welcome remarks. After conveying his gratitude to Deacon Lulejian for
making possible the construction of the multifaceted community center,
Lazarian continued: “I am hopeful that this facility will help Drakhtik
thrive as never before. I especially wish that as few residents as possible
will need the services of the health clinic while many mothers will give
birth at the maternity room. We at the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund are doing
our utmost to create better conditions for the growth of Artsakh’s

Next the delegation visited Karin Tak, a village in the Shushi Region, where
the fund has rebuilt the community’s potable-water network. The project,
which is co-sponsored by the Greek, Cypriot, Uruguayan, Argentinean, and
Brazilian affiliates of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund as well as the
Armenian Relief Society, once again illustrates the fund’s abiding
philosophy of mobilizing pan-Armenian support for the realization of vital
development initiatives.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress


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