NEWS News Archive2008-08-04
Hayastan All Armenian Fund Opens Computer Room in Lusahovit
Hayastan All Armenian Fund continues the implementation of small scale initiatives in the border villages of Armenia and Artsakh. The latest project to come to life saw the creation of a computer room in the school of Tavush regions Lusahovit community.Hayastan All Armenian Fund continues the implementation of small scale initiatives in the border villages of Armenia and Artsakh. The latest project to come to life saw the creation of a computer room in the school of Tavush regions Lusahovit community. Apart from the computers and the printer, the local schools library received a TV and a DVD player, all courtesy of American Armenian benefactors Arthur and Lucretia Yaghjian via the Funds East Coast Affiliate office.
Aram is one of the only child in Lusahovit
who know how to use a computer
The main goal of the Funds small projects is to give a quick and effective solution to a specific problem in a border community, while also offering the people living in these villages support and affirmation that there are people who care and want to help them and positive change is on the way. Combining these kinds of projects with more large scale development endeavors is one of the ways to prevent hopelessness and stop the tidal wave of emigration from these vitally important communities.
In the case of Lusahovit, a tiny community of 350 near the border with Azerbaijan, the implemented projects were aimed at the younger residents of the village. Until now, the local school had no computers and the teacher conducted the computer proficiency classes by drawing on the blackboard.
Children waiting outside while
the Fund staff is installing the computers
This is a wonderful gift for our community, says Artak Arzumanyan, the school principal of Lusahovit. Finally, our children will be able to use the computer and develop their skills just like their city peers. Before now, our students who went on to study in universities felt very constrained and had a hard time completing tasks that included the use of computer. I hope that with this new equipment we will be able to solve that problem.
The other component of the project, which saw the provision of a TV, a DVD player and a variety of educational and recreational DVDs to the Lusahovit school library, is aimed at diversifying the educational process and livening up the library as the place to go to study and socialize.
We hope that the realization of these kinds of projects will have a positive role in bridging the information gap between the cities and the villages, says the Acting Executive Director of Hayastan All Armenian Fund Ara Vardanyan. By bridging that gap we will be able to create more opportunities for people to learn and use their knowledge to benefit their home community.
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