Ready To Graduate – Moving Forward With Economic Development

Society – 22 August 2014, 10:22

August 2014 marks an important milestone in U.S. development efforts
in Armenia, as one of the most successful programs that has provided
humanitarian assistance to Armenia since 1992 is reaching its
successful conclusion.

For the past 22 years, the U.S. Department of State has provided
humanitarian assistance in Armenia and throughout the former Soviet
Union. Known collectively as Operation Provide Hope, nearly USD
$5 billion in assistance has been provided to needy populations,
including the elderly, disabled, orphans, children, and victims of
disaster. To date, assistance valued at almost USD $435 million has
been directed to Armenia.

The conclusion of Operation Provide Hope reflects Armenia’s transition
to a state with a strong, self-sustaining economy. . The United States
will continue to help Armenia succeed through supporting the emergence
of a diversified private sector, strong financial institutions,
and an internationally competitive workforce.

On August 21, Ambassador Heffern hosted a reception to honor those
partners that have contributed significantly to the program.

Attendees included the guest of honor Jerry Oberndorfer, the director
of DOS Humanitarian; H.E. Mr. Armen Yeritsyan, Minister of Emergency
Situations and H.E. Mr. Artem Asatryan, Minister of Social Affairs;
along with local NGOs and direct beneficiaries of the program.

Among other major successes in Armenia, the program:

· Renovated 51 educational institutions and health facilities through
the Small Reconstruction Project component;

· Delivered about $1.2 million worth of Disaster Package containers
consisting of sleeping bags, bedding, footwear, medical supplies,
equipment, and field supplies;

· Imported and distributed more than $300 million worth of
humanitarian assistance to more than 2 million vulnerable people;

· Provided more than 230 health facilities and special educational
institutions throughout the country with essential medicines, medical
supplies, and non-medical commodities, including clothing, health
kits, school kits, layette kits, sewing kits, quilts, bedding packs,
and other types of relief items;

· Provided approximately 150,000 people with annual access to free
medicine, medical supplies, and non-medical commodities;

· Distributed almost $34 million worth of goods to primary health
care facilities as well as to other socially vulnerable groups;

· Distributed more than $6 million worth of pharmaceuticals and

· Established, equipped, and supported a clinic in Alaverdi in
collaboration with private donors, This clinic provided medical
services free of charge to the vulnerable people of the community;

· Created a Mobile Medical Team that provides medical services free
of charge to the remotest communities in Lori and Tavush marzes;

· Delivered more than 100,000 doses of the vaccine against measles,
mumps and rubella (MMR) to Yerevan and rural areas as part of a
children’s vaccination program.

The program has been working through five main partners in Armenia:

Counterpart’s Community and Humanitarian Assistance Program
(CHAP), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) -Armenia,
Hellenicare, International Relief and Development (IRD) and
Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation (VRF).

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS