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2008-09-04
Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Completes Water Projects in Hadrut City, Vank and Spitakashen Villages in Nagorno Karabakh
Hayastan All-Armenian Fund is pleased to announce the completion of the water supply projects in Hadrut city, Vank village of Martakert region and Spitakashen village of Martuni region. Water supply is critical to the whole of Nagorno-Karabakh. Crucial to the survival of the residents, water is a basic need rather than an indulgence for most of the residents in the country. This explains the great sense of responsibility and individual approach of the Fund to each of its water supply project, says the Fund Acting Executive Director Ara Vardanyan.



Hadrut water being disinfected.
Hakob and Aram from HAAF

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund is pleased to announce the completion of the water supply projects in Hadrut city, Vank village of Martakert region and Spitakashen village of Martuni region. Water supply is critical to the whole of Nagorno-Karabakh. Crucial to the survival of the residents, water is a basic need rather than an indulgence for most of the residents in the country. This explains the great sense of responsibility and individual approach of the Fund to each of its water supply project, says the Fund Acting Executive Director Ara Vardanyan.


The Hadrut city water main project with the total cost of around 420 million AMD was implemented within the Telethon 2006, and was mainly sponsored by the Funds French local committee. The water main was essential to Hadrut city which is located in the very heart of this mountainous region. People of the city were looking forward to the construction of this water main, which stretches for about 22 km from Hadrut to Arjaghbyur. Within the project the wells were restored, as well as the daily regulation reservoir was reconstructed: it now provides water to the city households through the inner network.



Pipes being installed in Spitakashen


Construction of the Kaghartsin-Spitakashen 8 km long water main is over, too. А captage was constructed and the existing reservoir was reconstructed. The project worth about 80 million AMD was sponsored by the Hayastan Fund Argentine local committee. Water is no longer an issue for the community of Spitakashen of 471.

The community of Vank experienced serious problems due to the lack of freshwater, too. The inner network was built in 1956 and although partially reconstructed now and then, it was no longer in the state to supply freshwater at regular hours. Apart from that, the on-the-ground pipes of about 2 km from the springs were in poor technical condition and no good for provision of potable water.

We have been waiting for this moment for a long time and were delighted to learn about the Funds commitment to this project. At last well have regular supply of good quality water. Even bad weather conditions did not interfere with construction works for which we are so grateful to the Fund the villagers can not afford paying for the pipes at the moment and it will take some time before the households will be connected to the inner network. At least we know that the water is on the way, says the head of the Vank community. The project with the total cost of 169 million AMD has been jointly undertaken by the Boghossian Foundation; Hayastan Fund USA East Coast and French affiliates, and St. Sargis Charity Trust (London). The community of 370 households, with 1650 people in it, has benefited from the project.



Vank residents can now enjoy water


The water supply project will also contribute to the socio-economic and community development activities implemented by the Moscow-based businessman Levon Hayrapetyan. The access road to the stunning historical monument of Gandzasar Monastery of the 13th century passes through the Vank village. Availability of water in the community and its advancing economy will support the development of tourism in a location such as this, famous for its spectacular countryside.

The Fund has implemented an impressive number of water supply projects. Challenges and surprises are inevitable and very often unpredictable, particularly, when they are being implemented over an intricate landscape. Challenges were more than enough when we were doing the Martakert water main, but we coped well with them, comments Ararat Khlghatyan, the deputy executive director of the Hayastan Fund.

A number of other vital projects in the Hadrut region are approaching their completion. These include reconstruction of the Hadrut regional hospital, construction of the Hadrut gas pipeline, and reconstruction of the secondary school in Togh village. Better living conditions in communities of the region will be in place before long.

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