Slated to be completed by August 2009, the initiative will result in a thorough renovation of Aknaghbyur’s drinking-water spring, pipeline, and internal network. The existing drinking-water system, built in the 1970s, is in a state of disrepair and has long failed to deliver a regular supply of water.
“Solving Aknaghbyur’s water problem is a critically important step toward helping ease the daily struggles of the villagers,” said Ara Vardanyan, acting executive director of the Hayastan All Armenian Fund.
Earlier this year, the fund finished building both a gas pipeline and an irrigation system in Aknaghbyur, vastly improving local farming and the residents’ quality of life.
One of Armenia’s oldest rural communities, Aknaghbyur today has a population of 551. The village was established in 451 in honor of Vardan Mamikonyan, and its landmark oak tree, believed to have been planted by the general himself, remains a beloved symbol and a source of pride.