On May 18, the newly-built community center of Getavan, a village in Artsakh’s Martakert Region, was inaugurated with a jubilant ceremony. Guests in attendance included a delegation from the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, led by Executive Director Ara Vardanyan and comprising chairpersons and representatives of the Fund’s affiliates in 19 countries. The multifunctional community center was built with the co-sponsorship of the Fund’s French affiliate and the government of Artsakh.
The two-story community center houses the mayor’s office, an event hall, a library, and a computer room. The facility features an elegant lobby and is equipped with a complement of modern amenities, including heating and air-conditioning systems. Prior to the construction of the community center, Getavan’s mayoral office operated out of a room in the village school.
The community center is not the only Hayastan All-Armenian Fund project to improve the lives of Getavan’s residents. The village has also benefited from the construction of the Vardenis-Martakert Highway, which was made possible by the support of the entire Armenian nation. Today, the highway continues to boost the economies of numerous Artsakh communities along its edges, through increased tourism and new businesses. In Getavan’s case, the construction of the highway, which actually passes through the village, has resulted in the launch of several small businesses, including restaurants and gift stores.