On May 20, a delegation from the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, led by Executive Director Ara Vardanyan and comprising chairpersons and representatives of affiliates worldwide, visited Hovsepavan, in Artsakh, for a first-hand look at deep-water wells currently being constructed in and around the village. The Hovsepavan wells are being built with the financial support of the Fund’s Swiss affiliate.
The drilling of deep-water wells, the construction of drip-irrigation networks, and the installation of solar-power systems in Artsakh are the major components of the “Fruitful Artsakh” project, which was the flagship initiative of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 2017 Telethon.
The necessity of building deep-water wells and drip-irrigation networks in Artsakh was underscored by the republic’s president, Bako Sahakyan, at the Fund’s 2017 Board of Trustees meeting. The president, who is a Trustee of the Fund, stated that the creation of modern irrigation systems in Artsakh would result in far-reaching benefits, including a high level of food security for the republic, the rapid development of the agriculture sector, the creation of good jobs, and higher living standards.
In what is now the initial phase of the “Fruitful Artsakh” project, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund will build 37 deep-water wells in Artsakh, thus making irrigation water available for some 900 hectares (about 2,225 acres) of land and benefiting 850 farming families.
Since its inception in 1992, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has implemented tens of thousands of projects, with a total value of over $350 million, in Armenia Artsakh, with the support of close to 700,000 donors worldwide. The projects include the construction or renovation of more than 605 kilometers of roads, 580 kilometers of water pipelines and networks, 149 kilometers of gas pipelines and networks, 70 kilometers of power lines, 359 schools and kindergartens, 24 community centers, 500 houses and apartments, 75 hospitals and clinics, 58 cultural and sports centers, and 100 greenhouses. In addition, the Fund has carried out 169 educational, cultural, and scientific programs benefiting Armenia and Artsakh.