With a jubilant ceremony held on May 20 in Talish, a village in Artsakh’s Martakert Region, Armenia Fund inaugurated the Talish Revival Project. Dignitaries and guests attending the event included Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan as well as a delegation from the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, led by Executive Director Ara Vardanyan and comprising chairpersons and representatives of the organization’s affiliates in 19 countries.
Talish was the first Armenian village to be attacked by the Azeri forces during the April War of 2016, and sustained extensive bombardment damage. By the time the fighting ended, most public structures and scores of houses lay in ruins. Armenia Fund immediately began to rebuild the community by launching the Talish Revival Project. The large-scale, comprehensive reconstruction program was made possible by longtime Armenia Fund benefactor Antranik Baghdassarian of Los Angeles.
To date, Armenia Fund has rebuilt the community center, medical clinic, and social center of Talish, and renovated the grounds of the latter facility. Another institution that has been rebuilt by the Fund is the event hall, which recently hosted the first wedding banquet in the community since the war. The Fund has provided the hall with furniture and equipped it with a complement of modern amenities.
In addition, the Fund has implemented two critically important infrastructure initiatives for the village, namely the reconstruction of a 45-kilometer potable-water network and the construction of a 22-kilometer sewer system.
Also as part of the Talish Revival Project, Armenia Fund has rebuilt 18 homes in the village, complete with underground shelters. Prior to the April War of 2016, Talish had 546 residents, all of whom were displaced as a result of the war. Today, they have every reason to return to their birthplace, which is being transformed into a brand-new, beautiful community.