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Artsakh President discusses programs with philanthropist Vahan Chamlian
2018-11-20 10:54:45

Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan met in Los Angeles with philanthropist Vahan Chamlian and his adviser Vahagn Bznouni to discuss issues on the implementation of diverse programs in Artsakh.

Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, executive director of the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund Haykak Arshamyan and other officials partook at the meeting.

The President of Artsakh has left for Los Angeles to participate in the annual Telethon organized by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. He has already held a number of meetings within the framework of the visit. 

The 21st annual international Thanksgiving Day Telethon will take place on November 22, from 10 am to 10 pm PST.

“Our sacred mission – to strengthen Independent Armenian Statehood by helping Armenia develop and thrive – has not changed through all these years. For the past 26 years and thanks to the generous support of our donors around the world, the Armenia Fund has benefitted tens of thousands of our compatriots in Armenia and in Artsakh. Together, we have built roads, provided children with education and care, given drinking and irrigation water to villagers, secured dignified retirement for senior citizens, provided free medical care to patients of all ages, assisted those with disabilities, and secured permanent housing for vulnerable families in the Gyumri earthquake zone and beyond,”s aid Maria Mehranian, Armenia Fund President.

This year, the Telethon will carry the campaign slogan “New Armenia.” Proceeds from the pan-national event will benefit two major programs, aimed at boosting agriculture in Artsakh and developing solar-energy infrastructures in both Artsakh and Armenia. These initiatives encompass the drilling of deep-water wells and construction of drip-irrigation networks across Artsakh; and the installation of solar-energy systems including solar panels, heaters, and substations throughout the Homeland.

“Artsakh has rich water resources, however, most of the water is located underground and less than ten percent of the country’s 250,000 acres of arable land are currently cultivated. Our objective today is to make irrigation water available to farmers all over Artsakh, through the construction of deep-water wells and state-of-the-art drip-irrigation networks,” said Sarkis Kotanjian, Executive Director of Armenia Fund.